By Komakech Jimmy
Gulu – The Cross Cultural Foundation Uganda [CCFU] has come up with some of the strategies aimed at restoring the lost pride and glory of Acholi women and their culture through the use of video documentary, engaging and empowering them with cultural knowledge, converging in a meeting with men under different Acholi Chiefdoms.
Atoo Filda Mary from Kitgum, while making her submission said the Acholi people are the ones spoiling their culture.
She however applauded the CCFU for raising the bar in ensuring that women and their culture are harnessed by ensuring gender mainstreaming.
Asumpo Sarah from PACTA Uganda, an organization that deals in Alcohol and drug addicts admitted that the culture of Acholi is being spoiled by them because “some women have failed to appreciate their men despite the good and hard work they normally do in the society.”
Moses Okidi, a police officer working with Child and Family Protection Unit, Gulu central police station said “culture abuse is causing a lot of domestic violence, child neglects among others because there are men who shy away from their responsibility and also some women are abandoning their children.”
He appealed to the Acholi Paramount Chief to come together and mitigate these issues.
Angeyo Angella Teddy from Lamogi clan in Amuru district submitted that “there is a lot that is yet needed to be done in order to revive the Acholi culture and above all young people should begin getting involved in clan meetings so that they know their rights in the society.”
Okot Phillips Ogom, the Prime Minister Pajule, Palwo Chiefdom in Pader district said there is need to widen the scope of coverage in terms of knowledge dissemination about “what cultures says in the specific aspects of lives that concern women and girls as well as emphasizing the practice of the prescription that culture has in regard to the women and girls’ rights.”
Babweteera Barbra Mutama the deputy Executive Director CCFU noted that “all these challenges have been thrown to the cultural leaders”, urging community and parents to embark on teaching their children not to get involved in early sexual intercourse if they are to preserve their culture .
“Culture can shape our view of the world. Many studies have shown people from different cultures see and perceive things differently and that is probably due to how their culture was shaped, the way they viewed the world,” Mutama said.
In Acholi land, the rich culture has been drowned away due to insurgency that happened for over 25 years and today various interventions are being implemented by the Acholi Chiefdoms including organizing the annual Acholi Cultural Festival to revamp the lost pride of Acholi tradition.