It is currently planting season in most parts of East Africa. For most rural homesteads, people wake up around 4 AM and go to the farm to plant or weed until 10 AM when the Sun starts getting unbearable.
Ideally, all adults and teenagers in the house who is not going to school or work and is in good health is supposed to be out in the field. Well, that’s not how things are working out in Oyam District, in Abok sub-county in Uganda. It appears the men have neglected their responsibilities in the farm, and would rather spend their drinking then coming home late at night demanding for food and sex.
Being the stronger sex, men’s contribution to the farm work would go a long way towards providing food security for the households. The lack of their participation often leads to less-than-ideal harvest from the fields. So the women in Oyam have collectively made a resolution to deny the men sex until they join them in the farms and make a positive contribution.
Helen Odur, chairperson of a women’s farmer group in the Abok sub-county says a …read more