In Ugandan today, Violence against women is a pervasive problem within the military, just as it is among civilians . However, women in the military are particularly vulnerable to abuse due to geographical isolation from family and friends, and the potential for social isolation within the military culture. In remote pastoral regions like Karamoja where basic living services are also hard to access, the situation is far worse. In this sort of situation, the need for intervention is great;
Rafiki Theatre works with the Family Protection Unit (FPU) of the UPDF army, and with the grass-root support of AWARE UGANDA, a group of disgruntled Karamaoja women, to cause social & cultural norm change, and to add moral support and trust to the FPU. The ten months’ project (Jan – Oct 2014) aims at breaking the culture of silence in a society dominated by men.
Rafiki Theatre will also train a local group of Karamoja women in using civil theatre for social transformation. A documentary film will also be produced at the end of the project