An Hero in her Community

By Duchess Magazine

Farida Charity is an indigene of Uganda, and a community leader and peace advocating for peace initiatives in the conflict-affected district of Yumbe, Northern Uganda.

She started this at a very young age when she took part in the peace negotiations with the Uganda National Rescue Front which led to a legal armistice agreement between the rioter and the government in 2002.

For over five years, she has been using her leadership position to advocate for policies that facilitate the peaceful co-existence between the refugee and host communities in her district and to advocate for health services for women and girls.

She is also the chairperson of the Council’s Women Caucus mobilizing fellow women leaders to start mentoring programs targeted at school-age girls from the host and refugee communities, focused on preventing sexual gender-based violence, managing conflict, and keeping girls in school.

In her words, she says: “The things that women need sound simple but they are big issues, especially in rural communities. Women need peace and access to health care services. The most important thing is to have peace, and to look at ourselves as human beings, regardless of gender, political, religious and ethnic backgrounds”.

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