Silencing Our Fears and Fearing Our Silence: A report of the 8th Convening of the Uganda Feminist Forum

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This report is relevant for humanitarian and development practitioners interested in feminist movements for social justice and change, as well as for conference organisers who are committed to transformative and inclusive convenings. This summary report provides valuable insight into the Ugandan feminist movement, including the path forward for diverse SOGIE inclusion and rights.

The report presents the outcomes and a summary of the 8th Uganda Feminist Forum (UFF, held 30 July-1 August 2019) held in Jinja, Uganda. The report opens with an introduction on the objectives of UFF. A summary of each of the three days of events follows.

The report includes brief summaries of each of the topics discussed, including a historical overview of the UFF and collective reflection on the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists. The Forum included multiple panels, including one on packaging resistance, which featured queer feminist Muganzi Ruth who spoke on on ‘packaging resistance through daring heteronormativity.’ Day two included a panel on ‘silence on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression,’ where members discussed the intersection of patriarchy and heteronormativity in discrimination against LBQ women in Uganda. This summary profiles each of the panelists, including the Executive Director of FARUG. Other summaries discuss field visits to women’s shelters and action planning.

This report highlights intersectional Ugandan feminism, including the importance of reflection and connection for healing.

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"Heteronormative othering continues to plague even the Ugandan feminist movement, which leaves non-conforming women feeling deeply betrayed, excluded and ultimately silenced. Given the fundamental link between power, knowledge and sexuality, it seems the only to end the criminalisation of sexual difference is a revolution."

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The report presents the outcomes and a summary of the 8th Uganda Feminist Forum (UFF, held 30 July-1 August 2019) held in Jinja, Uganda. The report opens with an introduction on the objectives of UFF. A summary of each of the three days of events follows.

The report includes brief summaries of each of the topics discussed, including a historical overview of the UFF and collective reflection on the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists. The Forum included multiple panels, including one on packaging resistance, which featured queer feminist Muganzi Ruth who spoke on on ‘packaging resistance through daring heteronormativity.’ Day two included a panel on ‘silence on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression,’ where members discussed the intersection of patriarchy and heteronormativity in discrimination against LBQ women in Uganda. This summary profiles each of the panelists, including the Executive Director of FARUG. Other summaries discuss field visits to women’s shelters and action planning.

This report highlights intersectional Ugandan feminism, including the importance of reflection and connection for healing.