In many African cultures, women are regarded as tangible property (and equated in cost to cows, goats, or sheep), the men having paid bride wealth, or dowry. Young girls are neglected in education and are married off at early ages, 12 to 16 years, for bride wealth.
In households where women have no voice for decision making or suggestions regarding household developments, men often perpetrate violence, brutality, denial and abuse at any slight mistake made by their spouses.
VERDE-Uganda travels to the villages teaching people the benefits and values of human respect and human rights. This includes teaching women about their rights in the household.
VERDE-Uganda has also intervened to protect women from domestic violence.
This woman was battered by her husband because of a petty quarrel.
VERDE-Uganda has handled brutality in households, break-up of marriages, rapes, and sexual abuse among young girls at risk.
VERDE-Uganda has conducted village meetings, like this one, on domestic violencce, marrying off underage children for bride wealth, and the ramped up practice of child sacrifice.
VERDE-Uganda's seminars on human rights and the value of human respect also touch on human rights violations such as female mutiliations, child labor, and human sacrifice.
Related to domestic violence, VERDE-Uganda set up an office for interventions against child abuse, neglect and child labor.