The five MIFUMI shelters across Uganda
The idea of a women’s domestic violence shelter is still new in Ugandan culture. Many times when women are beaten, they run to their parents and relatives for refuge. These relatives invariably send them back to their abusive spouses because they cannot afford to refund bride price or because leaving a relationship is seen as not just the woman’s failing but the family’s by extension as well. A shelter serves to break this cycle of violence to give women respite from abuse.
The shelters are considered safe spaces for women experiencing violence and are women only spaces. They have provided refuge to more than 1800 women.