26% Households headed by women

According to the report, which was released by the NGO in Iganga District last Friday, the women who lead the said homes are either widows whose husbands succumbed to complications arising out of HIV/Aids or those who were abandoned by their husbands.

IGANGA- At least 26 per cent of households in Iganga District are headed by women, a new study carried out by FXB Uganda, a non-government organisation (NGO), has revealed.

story-picAccording to the report, which was released by the NGO in Iganga District last Friday, the women who lead the said homes are either widows whose husbands succumbed to complications arising out of HIV/Aids or those who were abandoned by their husbands.

A majority of the separations, the report revealed, had been a result of gender-based violence.Poverty
Addressing a recent meeting attended by district officials and stakeholders, the programme manager of the NGO, Ms Judith Bakonjera, said the study, which was part of a three-year project aimed at supporting vulnerable families, had also revealed that 55 per cent of the households in the district live in abject poverty as evidenced by malnutrition and poor living conditions.

“The situation was alarming because in one village, we found that more than 10 children were malnourished, the houses were crumbling and some women could not afford to wear clothes,” she said.

A development specialist with the NGO, Dr William Kibalya, revealed that the organisation has secured Shs800 million for poverty alleviation, primary healthcare, education and fighting gender-based violence.

As an immediate response to the findings, the NGO distributed household items, including beddings, jerrycans, basins and soap to residents of Nabitende Sub-county where the report was unveiled.

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