Stories written by Evelyn Kiapi
Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi, a development communications specialist, has been practicing journalism for over 10 years, serving in different capacities from freelance journalist to reporter, sub editor, features editor and product editor. She is currently an independent journalist covering development issues for both local and international media. Locally, Evelyn has written for the Monitor (now Daily Monitor) and The Observer in Uganda and corresponds for IPS and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Evelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Makerere University and a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Leeds, U.K. where she specialised in gender, reproductive health and rights. Through the years, Evelyn has written vastly on these issues, winning several international and local media awards. Evelyn is also a practicing media consultant and has written gender- and reproductive health-related articles for the Population Reference Bureau and United Nations Millennium Development Goal Africa Campaign and worked as a communications and media consultant for UNFPA’s Uganda office.

RIGHTS-UGANDA: Odds Are Stacked Against Prosecuting Child Molesters

Incidents of sexual abuse, particularly of children, appear to be on the rise in Uganda. However, this apparent increase has not been matched by a similar rise in prosecutions. Instead, many families are still choosing to settle the cases out of court – despite the effect this could have on abuse victims.

DEVELOPMENT-UGANDA: Fishing Industry Gets a Facelift

It weighs up to 250 kilogrammes. The Nile Perch, popularly known here as ‘sabulenya’, is one of Uganda’s most consumed fish species after tilapia.

RIGHTS-UGANDA: Deaf People Speak Out Against Marginalisation

People with disabilities in Uganda say they have been marginalised for too long. They are now demanding that their basic rights be restored and recognised.

HEALTH: Taxi Drivers Becoming Agents of Change in AIDS-Ridden Rwanda

Transporters and taxi drivers from Rwanda are learning how to fight HIV/AIDS from their counterparts in neighbouring Uganda.

RIGHTS-UGANDA: An Equal Hearing for Women in Divorce Cases

The ideal of gender equality in Uganda was brought closer to realisation recently with a Constitutional Court ruling on the country's Divorce Act.

HEALTH-UGANDA: Renewed War Against Teenage Pregnancies

"A baby boy weighing two kilogrammes was abandoned in Mulago hospital labour suite last evening. The mother, Peace Busingye, 17, had delivered earlier that day."

DEVELOPMENT-UGANDA: Taxis Put Women in the Driver’s Seat

Hail a taxi in New York City, and the odds are that your driver will be a wise-cracking male cabbie who's unafraid to share his philosophy about life with you.

EDUCATION-UGANDA: Universal Primary Schooling Succeeds to a Fault

Martin Oketch, 13, sat his Primary Leaving Examinations in Uganda late last year. His first choice for secondary education was St Mary's College Kisubi, one of the country's best boys' schools. "I want to become a doctor like Uncle Nathan," he says, pointing to his relative.

DEVELOPMENT-EAST AFRICA: Rafters Aim to Create History, Highlight Poverty

Courage, patience and determination will be the order of the day during the next eight months for seven rafters who are tackling Africa's fabled Nile River.

ARTS-UGANDA: Kampala Takes Its Place in the Fashion Stakes

Fashion capitals of the world: New York, London, Paris...Kampala? Well, if Santa Anzo has anything to do with this, it'll only be a matter of time.

/ARTS WEEKLY-UGANDA: Children Use Pictures to Convey a Message of Peace

The pictures of flying bullets, burning houses, dead bodies and fleeing villagers, show just how Uganda's 17-year-old conflict has become part of the children in the north of the country.

RIGHTS-UGANDA: 20 Years On, People With AIDS Still Suffer Discrimination

Ugandan Magdalena Achero (not her real name) is a bitter woman. As a school teacher, in a country which has been hailed as a beacon of hope for people living with HIV/AIDS, she has experienced discrimination firsthand.

HEALTH-UGANDA: Measles Vaccination Raises Controversy

Uganda's health officials should heave a sigh of relief following 'successful' measles immunisation campaigns, which targeted 12.7 million children.

POLITICS: Ugandans Opt for Talks to End Rebellion

For 17 years, the government of President Yoweri Museveni has failed to crush the rebellion in northern Uganda, which has displaced up to a million people.

CULTURE-UGANDA: Using Talent to Fight Early Marriages

Dorcus Apecu is a schoolgirl who keeps her fingers crossed. She is praying that her mother does not take her out of school and get her married due to lack of school fees.
      At sixteen, Dorcus is already 'over age' in a society where girls are married off early in order to get bride price and reduce family burdens.

CULTURE-UGANDA: Using Talent to Fight Early Marriages

Dorcus Apecu is a primary seven schoolgirl who keeps her fingers crossed. She is praying that her mother does not take her out of school and get her married due to lack of school fees.

RIGHTS-UGANDA: Domestic Violence linked to HIV/AIDS

In a society where women are still valued as property, and do not have equal decision-making powers and status within the family, the existence of rape and brutal attacks on them by their spouses has become a stimulant for HIV/AIDS infections.

RIGHTS-UGANDA: Domestic Violence linked to HIV/AIDS

In a society where women are still valued as property, and do not have equal decision-making powers and status within the family, the existence of rape and brutal attacks on them by their spouses has become a stimulant for HIV/AIDS infections.

/ARTS WEEKLY-THEATRE/UGANDA: Inspired by Women

Uganda's celebrated playwright and director, Charles Mulekwa, owes his success to the women who have instilled in him values that have inspired his writings.

/ARTS WEEKLY/CULTURE-UGANDA: Beauty with a Purpose

The turn-up to beauty pageants, which the majority of Ugandans used to frown on, now includes professionals, cabinet ministers and even religious leaders.

/ARTS WEEKLY-MUSIC/UGANDA: Message of Abstinence Getting Through

"Whenever I appear on the stage and confess that I have never had sex in my life, my goodness, people laugh and fall on their knees. Even someone, who initially appeared composed, just bursts out laughing," says 26-year-old Ugandan musician, Richard Kaweesa, who is urging youth to abstain from sex before marriage.

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