The Ugandan parliament is debated a revised version of the anti-gay legislation Friday. But most people are more focused on the growing turmoil in the capital. The gay bill is really a non event there.
In developing countries, even when people with mental illness receive medical treatment, they often have trouble fitting in. A program in Uganda aims to change that by training people with mental illness to earn a livelihood. Joanne Silberner reports.
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.
The old line "monkey see, monkey do" isn't entirely accurate: chimps and apes in the wild have rarely been observed passing new behaviors from one to the other. But recently, for the first time, a researcher caught on film a group of chimps doing exactly that.
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.
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.
Decades of conflict in northern Uganda ended up traumatizing thousands of girls. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been taking them in and teaching them new skills: how to sew and make crafts to support their families. But beyond that, Sister Rosemary wants them to learn self-respect. In return, she says, she's learned from them how to forgive.
Uganda sits in the center of Africa and is bordered by some of the continent’s most important game reserves. Its own animal population is relatively small, so it’s not a main target for poachers. But it is a major transit way for the illegal wildlife trade. The Ugandan government has tried to control the illegal trade crossing its borders, but it's been slow-going because a lot of the government is corrupt — including the country's wildlife agency.
The fourth annual Pride Uganda festival took place last week with a small but vocal number of gay pride activists and LGBTI activists taking a stand against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which criminalizes same-sex relationships with up to 14 years in prison.
Sharon Hillier didn't start out wanting to be the voice of, well, the vagina. But when she discovered just how off-base men who studied women's reproductive issues were, she felt she had to do something.