Girls of black African descent are upset over policies at some Ugandan schools that require them to cut their hair. The female students say the policies discriminate against them, as some girls of other ethnicities are allowed to grow their hair long.
More than a century after Indians first arrived in Uganda as indentured slaves, racial tension between them and black Ugandans persist. Indians are a key part of the Ugandan economy, but still, encounters between the two groups can escalate into violence.
Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay in educating them is partly to blame.
Homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, is commonly believed to be a vestige of colonialism. As the country’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance, some experts are noting that there’s evidence that homosexuality was present in Africa long before foreigners came.
The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.