MIFUMI’s Historic milestones span a period of 27 years starting with a dream school to secure the basic right to education for girls in 1989, to a fully-fledged agency promoting protection of women and children’s rights, challenging policies and cultural practices, and strengthening duty bearer responses to violence and abuse targeted at women and children.
Below is a summary of our major achievements.
BRIDE PRICE CAMPAIGN AND REFERENDUM: 1999 - 2001
MIFUMI was instrumental in establishing a 2 year campaign project on domestic violence and bride price violations. The organisation successfully lobbied government and was given the mandate to hold the first social referendum in Uganda in December 2001 which resulted in a successful verdict with 60% saying YES to the reform of bride price. The campaign received notice from the President, the Lord Chief Justice, Members of Parliaments, religious, political leaders among others. The referendum pushed the campaign into the public domain exciting debate and has served to strengthen its position in the Domestic Relations Bill. MIFUMI has most recently pushed for reform in laws resulting in The Tororo Bridal Gifts Ordinance being enacted into law in 2009 and the Uganda Supreme Court ruling for a No-Refund on Bride Price on 6th August 2015.
FEEL FREE : AFRICAN NETWORK FOR THE REFORM OF BRIDE PRICE : LAUNCHED 2002
MIFUMI established the Feel Free network across Africa, Europe, Latin America and Internationally to push for the reform of bride price. With over 100 member organisations and individuals, the network has a large constituency of grassroots women and children in Uganda tackling domestic violence and bride price. An international conference to this effect was held in Kampala in February 2004. Read section below.
The Kampala Bride Price Conference held in February 2004 was organized by MIFUMI in cooperation with GTZ (The German Technical Co-operation). As a result, the Kampala Declaration on Bride Price within the context of Coalition and Action to Safeguard women and children in the home was drawn by representatives from 13 countries world-wide, appealing to national governments, regional bodies, and International bodies to abolish or reform bride price in accordance with obligations undertaken by them as state parties or signatories. Unfortunately, in September 2004, the government instead declared that issues associated with bride price be addressed by customary courts.
KAMPALA DECLARATION ON BRIDE PRICE
MIFUMI established a project to address women and children's rights under customary law and issues of social justice with the jurisdiction of Local Councillors. Under this project the a dedicated Domestic Violence Police Unit was constructed and officially opened in October 2003. Local communities have debated local justice issues and 53 bye-laws passed at the sub-county level