Women and children have always been the main victims of domestic abuse at the hands of men.
Several testimonies have come to the fore to expose the vice but little has been written about why some men act in such a harmful manner.
So, as the rest of the country marked the International Women’s day on March 8, MasterPeace-Uganda, an NGO, launched a challenge dubbed ‘Abasajja Bawandiike,’ at Fitness Paradise city gym, Acacia mall.
It’s a writing challenge for men to share untold stories about struggles with the women in their lives.
Jaq Deweyi, the MasterPeace-Uganda club leader, explained the concept. “We have always listened to the women; so, now we want to hear the men. That will help the women to know how to work together and hopefully help reduce domestic violence,” Deweyi, revealed.
Abasajja Bawandiike challenge is inspired by South African Beulah Thambadoo, who runs a similar event called ‘The Men’s Writing Challenge’.
Thambadoo said it will be more successful in here since Uganda is not so much a divided country as South Africa in terms of race, language, class, gender and equity issues.
The inaugural theme is ‘The struggles of men with women’ and the deadline for submission is August. Submissions of no more than 2,000 words should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, of which a panel of judges will shortlist those successful.
The best essays will be selected and published in a book titled In the man’s World. At stake is $200 for the winner while the second and third will take home $100 and $50 respectively.
MasterPeace is a grassroots peace movement existing in more than 40 countries. It was launched in 2011, with an aim to mobilize people to use their talent and energy for peacebuilding and togetherness.
In Uganda, MasterPeace is under the legal umbrella of Center for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD), a non-profit organization focusing on uplifting vulnerable communities through the provision of media-related community interventions.