International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Uganda every 8 March. This is a day on which the role and importance of women is focused on and also when mistreatment of women or violations of women’s rights are addressed.
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The government will also stress the various services it provides for women and encourage women to get a higher education and to work towards meeting important life goals.
There are many women’s rights issues in Uganda, like widespread domestic violence and sexual abuse against women. In fact, somewhere around half of all women have suffered some form of domestic violence from their husband or partner. Also, many women suffer from dire poverty and have little opportunity to get a good education.
The government has taken some measures to try to improve the situation of women in Uganda, but many say that these efforts, unfortunately, have had little positive effect as yet.