Demonstration Of Ugandan and Nigerian Humanist Organisations during the International Women's Conference
At the International interdisciplinary women's conference at Makerere University - Uganda from 21st to 26th July 2002, the Uganda Humanist Association (UHASSO) and the Nigerian Humanist Movement (NHM) organized a demonstration on the fourth day of the conference.
The aim of the demonstration was to show solidarity with the women's cause and to oppose all injustices against women. The Nigerian Humanist Movement was represented by Leo Igwe who was a delegate and initiator of the idea concerning the demonstration.
The overall aim of the demonstration was to show solidarity with the women's cause and to oppose all injustices against women.
The objectives were to:
*attract women and other delegates to Humanism
*demonstrate and gauge the potential of Humanism in Africa.
*oppose witchcraft and witchhunting.
The Uganda Humanists with Leo Igwe matched throughout Makerere University Campus with their banners. They distributed leaflets concerning Humanism and several delegates interviewed the demonstrators about the potential of Humanism in Africa.
The eagerness of the delegates to take photos and interview demonstrators indicated that the aim and objectives were fulfilled.
More to that, some Ugandan private Television Stations covered the demonstration.
The University authority prevented the demonstrators from marching with their hired band of about 35 people.
The very strict security at the conference could not allow demonstrators to do so for more than one day.
In the future demonstrations will be organised after acquiring permission from security organs in time
Peaceful demonstrations were found to be very important in publicising good causes such as humanism and human rights.