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Introducing myself and my journal: Arise and Shine

About Me:
I am a woman activist who is interested in gender, politics and decision making processes. i am interested in seeing policies that can change the women' s lives . hence, i advocate for transformative leadership that promotes gender equality and social justice. For the last 10 years i have been advocating for women rights in Uganda and other vulnerable groups.

My Passions:
To see women and girls free from social, economic and political bondage

My Challenges:
transformaing cultural beliefs and values that continue to undermine womens diginity.

My Vision for the Future:
I want to represent women in parliament of Uganda, to enable me participate in coming up with policies that are pro gender equality and pro poor

My Areas of Expertise:
gender, policy advocay, Batwa (indegenous) minority rights,womens rights, reproductive rights,

Comments

Umme Mahbuba's picture

Welcome

Hi Dear Nyakikongoro,
Welcome to World Pulse and Pulse Wire community. I am really excited to know that you are a women activist who is interested in gender, politics and decision making processes. I am interested in these field too, so I am looking forward to hear some stories of you challenges, successes and ideas to makes women more powerful and independent.
Again welcome you to our Pulse Wire community.

Thank you,
Umme Mahbuba

Nicole Pampanin's picture

Hello and Welcome!

Hi Nyakikongoro,

Welcome to the PulseWire community. We are happy to have you here with us. Be sure to check out the Groups section to join groups and find others that share your interests and passions, the Voices Rising section to read other women’s stories, and all the other resources that are here for you. I look forward to hearing from you here on PulseWire. Once again, welcome to our community!

Nicole

Sharese's picture

Arise and Shine!

Beautiful journal title! I would love to read more about your work in advocating for women through policy making! What are you currently advocating for in Uganda? I know recently they had a bill about homosexuality and possibly making the punishment death! Did you fight against that? Where else have you been and what do you predominately advocate for?

As you can probably tell I am very interested to know more about you and your work :) This is a great place to share, get inpsired, inspire others and to connect with others with similar passions. Please let me know if you need any assistance navigating the site or connecting to people/groups.

Much Peace,

Sharese

nyakikongoro's picture

Thanks Sharese, Yes the

Thanks Sharese,
Yes the homosexuality bill has been spearheaded by an independent member of parliament, and the bill has picked popularity among a cross section of people. However, women organizations and other rights based organizations have been working hard to ensure that it doesn’t go through. The organization I work with is among them. So far, i believe that it’s not going to be passed, because this is a rights based issue and nobody should tamper with the rights of other people.

Right now our focus has been having more numbers of women in parliament and other local councils who can effectively advocate for gender equality policies including gender budgeting. i have also been advocating for elimination of sexual and gender based violence. i personally spearheaded advocacy for amendment of the penal code that addresses criminalizing the defilement of young babies, deliberate infection of People with HIV/AIDS and advocating for the sexual offenses bill.

Right now i have been building the capacities of young women with an aim of promoting alternative and transformative leadership among through shaping and nurturing their visions and values in order to appreciate equity and equality between men and women so as to build leaders responsive to gender and social justice in Uganda and beyond. Leadership remains the major obstacle responsible for Africa’s, East Africa and Uganda in particular, and this has led to deteriorating social, economic and political situation resulting into wars, civil strife’s, corruption, divisive tendencies and other negative measures that usually results into dictatorship. The issues of peace and security remain a big challenge to development and these are accelerated by lack of democratic, transparent, progressive, patriotic and transformative leadership that believes in promoting social justice and gender equality. Therefore through this training we hope to get leaders who are ready to create social change.

Apparently i am contesting for the Bushenyi Woman Parliamentary seat. I am so passionate about improving the lives of women and other vulnerable groups as a woman activist. Having worked for the women organizations and moving around the district and the country at large, we need effective representation, we need to move from rhetoric to action, it’s not a matter of being elected and forget about the electorate issues. Women need to be mobilized if they are to favourably compete with men in the available limited resources and spaces, and it’s the zeal and energy that I am coming on board with to l challenge the status quo. My focus is to ensure that women are liberated from all forms of discrimination and to ensure that they gain economic independence. To move toward a fundamental change on our continent, we need women leaders with a different kind of vision and commitment. We must demonstrate a strong commitment in the principles of equality and equity, particularly social justice and women's empowerment. And this is the reason i am coming to occupy that space. We can no longer afford to be bystanders when issues affecting women in Uganda are not being addressed properly, when issues of poverty and corruption continue to eat on our society , when issues of decline in agricultural productivity, collapse of public service delivery systems and HIV/AIDS pandemic continue to affect the population, when issues of maternal mortality continue to claim the lives of many women in Uganda, yet we have more than 30% women in parliament. I believe this is the time to have effective transformative leaders to take part national and global decision making processes and structures and influence policies. This is my vision and this why i am offering myself my to represent the women of Bushenyi District in parliament. Any contribution in any form, issues, moral support, mobilization strategies, networking strategies is welcome.
Rosemary

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