The old adage, ‘charity begins at home’ was brought to life by Skitter Nanteza, a trained Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) peer and Leadership Advisory Desks (LADs) facilitator based in Luwero District, Central Uganda. Armed with trainings on leadership and women’s rights, she single-handedly defended her family land from her conniving relatives and fraudsters.
In January 2020, a group of young men attacked and cut down Nanteza’s entire banana and coffee plantations in the dead of the night. The group later pelted stones at her house while declaring all sorts of profanities.
“Prior to the attack, I had received several threats from distant relatives who had connived with businessmen, some local leaders and the police demanding that I should vacate my family land because they wanted to sell it. They had forged agreements and land titles. Unbeknownst to them, I had all original land ownership documents, well updated and under safe custody which helped me to protect my land,” notes Nanteza
She affirms that the Trainer of Trainers (TOT) on leadership she had attended the previous year project under a project being implemented by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) that aims at women’s economic and political empowerment, came in handy, especially the session on women’s rights in which the FOWODE facilitator had urged the participants to always ensure that they have proper registration and documentation of assets.
“That training granted me self-confidence and courage and I was able to call top police officials in Luwero and the media (NBS Television) who came to my rescue. Four of the people who vandalized my crops and plantation were arrested and later released on police bond though they keep reporting to court, pending prosecution. It’s not yet over, but I am really happy that I set a great example, especially for the women’s groups that I train!” narrated Skitter Nanteza.