History of MIFUMI

Bride price traps women in relationships that they cant get out from

Since its establishment in 1994, MIFUMI has directly changed the lives of more than 50,000 women together with their children through comprehensive services in education, health-care, micro-enterprises and domestic violence advocacy. Being based directly in the countryside is one of MIFUMI’s greatest strengths, making it easier to reach grassroots people. The most important contributions by far are reforms in bride-price and domestic violence. We have a regional network and partners in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and the UK.

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MAKE EVERY VOICE COUNT.

Bride price traps women in relationships that they cant get out from.

MIFUMI seeks to make every voice count, particularly in tackling domestic violence, polygamy, child marriages and the arbitrary and unlawful action among justice delivery agents which is unfairly directed towards women seeking protection. MIFUMI Uganda has more than 10 years experience of working within a human rights framework to address domestic violence in Uganda. This work has evolved a significant support base, which cuts across women's groups and organisations in the villages of eastern Uganda, Government of Uganda, the Media, Rights NGOs and Faith organisations.

Work with the Uganda police led to a joint resolution in 2003; with local councils to the Kirewa byelaw (2002); with grassroots networks to the bride price referendum 2001 and the current MIFUMI network which has more than 40 local organisations working on domestic violence and bride price.Work with the Uganda police led to a joint resolution in 2003; with local councils to the Kirewa byelaw (2002); with grassroots networks to the bride price referendum 2001 and the current MIFUMI network which has more than 40 local organisations working on domestic violence and bride price.

Achievements
  • ESTABLISHMENT IN 1994
  • We have a SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT BASE
  • Campaiging hard against BRIDE PRICE
  • To challenge discrimination and promote equal opportunities
  • To promote staff team spirit and personal growth
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Implementing policies.

In 2006 MIFUMI started implementing policies on disability mainstreaming. MIFUMI is presently taking bride price to the constitutional court in Uganda. MIFUMI's Executive Director is the current Torch Bearer for the MDG3 in Uganda. She is an ASHOKA fellow and won the district woman of the year award (2007) in Tororo. MIFUMI is a member of the Uganda Women's Network (UWONET), and The Legal Aid Service Providers' Network of the Danish Embassy.

We collaborate with Amnesty International and The Aids Support Organisation (TASO) MIFUMI has made effective submissions to the Parliamentary legal affairs committee, and the law reform commission on the draft Marriage and Divorce Bill and Domestic Violence Act.