Uganda

Global Scan

Soon women in Saudi Arabia may be driving — as long as they don't wear makeup

Saudi Arabia has been criticized for years for refusing to allow women to drive in the kingdom. That ban may soon be lifted — though the change comes with some fine print. Meanwhile, leaked documents reveal how IKEA avoids paying corporate taxes. And the Miss Uganda competition takes an agricultural turn. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.

Development & Education

Are madrassas in Africa educating or indoctrinating?

One place that girls in Africa are finding an education is at Islamic religious schools known as madrassas. Typically these schools teach only boys, but in sub-Saharan Africa, more madrassas are being opened for girls and are usually funded by wealthy Arab donors. It’s a way to compensate for, what some say, is the extremely poor quality of state-funded schools.

Global Scan

Uganda says AIDS is on the rise because condoms are too small

Ugandan men are apparently loathe to use condoms because the international issue, one-size-fits-all version isn't big enough for them. And while that might seem like bragging or an excuse, Uganda is seeing AIDs infection rates, once tamed, on the rise again. Meanwhile, a court in New York is considering whether chimps should have some "human rights." And eating healthy really does cost more. All that, in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Uganda's gay community is one step away from a new reality — being illegal

If you're a gay rights activist in Uganda, well, you're now illegal according to an anti-gay bill just passed by the country's parliament. The bill bans any sort of promotion or protection of gay rights. It also calls for life in prison for those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" which is defined as gay sex with those infected by HIV, minors, and the disabled. But activists aren't throwing in the towel, they're girding for a fight.

Lord's Resistance Army fuels conflict

The World's Katy Clark reports on a recent wave of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a notorious rebel group from neighbouring Uganda known as The Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The LRA is believed to have been behind a Christmas Day massacre there that left 400 civilians dead.

Development & Education

Are madrassas in Africa educating or indoctrinating?

One place that girls in Africa are finding an education is at Islamic religious schools known as madrassas. Typically these schools teach only boys, but in sub-Saharan Africa, more madrassas are being opened for girls and are usually funded by wealthy Arab donors. It’s a way to compensate for, what some say, is the extremely poor quality of state-funded schools.

Global Politics

A DDT debate in Uganda

In Uganda, a government program to battle malaria using DDT has provoked a fierce backlash. Some fear the government is poisoning them. Yet many public health experts say the risks of DDT are far less than the risks of malaria. On PRI's The World.

Conflict & Justice

Being gay in Uganda

A Ugandan government minister has said that a proposed law which includes the death penalty for some homosexual acts is ?not necessary?. The bill sparked international condemnation. Jeb Sharp talks with Maria Burnett, researcher for Human Rights Watch.