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A free and Equal World for Women

Growing up as a young girl I always knew that one day women would be at the same level as the men. The women around me were always negative, claiming that it is a man’s world. I would get so angry when I saw the boys going out to play and us the girls not allowed to, even after our chores.

Surprisingly out of nowhere my dad stood up for me and stated that I should be given the same treatment as my brother. From then on, he always encouraged me to pursue what I wanted and to never let anyone hold me down. It is now 16 years since my father was taken away from us but he is always in my heart. When we I feel I cannot, I hear him whispering in my ears “yes you can”.

I have been given an opportunity to work with marginalized and vulnerable groups in remote villages and I see how women and children are suffering. Most of them have resigned to the way they live and are not eager to change the way the community feels about culture. Many of them were married off at early ages and do not have a choice when it comes to child birth. They are giving birth every year and they are the ones who fend for their families and on top of all this the men subject them to domestic violence.

I envision a future where girls are given the chance to go to school and they are free to choose their own marriage partners. I also envision a future where women are given a chance to control the number of the children they want and are also given free family planning services. I envision a future where women and men compete fairly for jobs, I envision a future where women are not sexually harassed at work. I envision a future where 90 percent of the Government leaders are women. I envision a future where Ida a 24 old woman can leave her matrimonial home because her husband is so violent towards her and her children and is able to look for a job and look after herself and her children.

For this vision to come to pass we need to empower these women especially those at the grass root level. Being a VOF correspondent will help my voice be heard all over the world. Being able to interact with as many women from different organizations and cultures, I am able to learn how women overcome various challenges and this will enable me be a better leader in my community, country and world at large. This VOF program will teach me how to articulate the issues and challenges that I have identified within my community. It will also teach me how to advocate for these crucial issues on the various international platforms.

This program will help be a strong woman, a woman who can advocate for the issues of her community and her country at large.

World pulse has made a part of the many sisters who have the same heart beat. I can no longer live without this community because it has become part of my life and being. Therefore the VOF correspondent program will make me a more intelligent sister of this great platform, who will reach the heights to ensure that women’s’ voices are heard.

VOF will be my amplifier for the women in the community.

Comments

Deqa's picture

Remarkable Indeed

Very well articulated my dear, I can relate to your piece because my dad(rest his soul) was also a huge support system for us his daughters. I remember people telling him that he has too many girls and only two boys and him saying they are all my children, and i love them the same. Although i was young when he died, the stories of him remind me and somewhat teach me who he was as a person. Its a privilege to have such parents.

I loved your piece my dear thanks for sharing
Love
Deqa

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Deqa

Thanks Deqa for your encouragement. I am glad your dad was also very positive about the girl child. It is very hard to find men who believe in their daughters. It is indeed good to have such an honor and we bless them dearly. Thank you and stay blessed my dear sister.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Sharontina's picture

You are already a stronger

You are already a stronger woman teaching several others of your community to be strong dear. Keep up the spirit.Adding more power to your pen.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Sharontina

It is because of people like you and the other sister on this great platform that we are able to be strong. Thank you for your encouragement and we shall continue to write more. Stay blessed my dear.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

loretta's picture

Inspiring.

You have written a really inspiring piece Anita, yet heart rending as well. I get so tired and angry of reading about the abuse women suffer. I wish life was a slate that I could just wipe and rewrite history, unfortunately I cannot.

Country after country, women are abused, if not similarly, almost. But nevertheless women are abused world wide.

My husband draws plans part-time, so I would often deliver them to his clients, I had to deliver one to a house of a policeman. I had to go there several times. So one day the wife heard me telling her husband that, he had no right to talk to me like he had done on that particular day. So when I had gone there again to finally deliver the approved plan, I found her alone. Their house was beautiful, huge and yet they still wanted to extend, so I was complementing her on this, and her response chilled me to the bone. In short, she had to stay smart always, to impress her husbands friends, she was practically her husband's slave and if the husband came home and found her not dressed in her best clothes, she would get telling glares. The story is too long, briefly she had it all, but she couldn't enjoy it. She was a housewife and she commended me for standing up to her husband, I told her I am no pushover and after all, I am not her husband's wife.

Keep fighting for the lowly, bring them up to the top rung and help to keep them there.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Loretta

There are many women out there suffering in silence because they believe that life is cut out that way for them. We have a strong duty ahead of us to show these women their potential so that they come out of their shells and live life to the fullest. I never envy anyone because you can never tell what happens behind closed doors. I always tell my husband that we are blessed to be happy with what we have because i know of many women who have it all but they are in tears constantly and always wish they have happiness. Thanks for the support my dear sister. Stay blessed.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Dear Anita:

How important is to have a father caring equally for all his children, either boys or girls. My Dad has always supported me to find my voice and follow my dreams. So, just like you I feel grateful and blessed for such fortune.
keep om doing this great work, we will change the life os our women for good.
Hug,
Klaudia

Klaudia González

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Klaudia

My dear sister it is very important for the men as well to value education of their girl children. That is why when we are sensitizing the community we always engage the men as well. I feel blessed for having the father i had and it is because of him i am where i am today. Thanks for the encouragement my dear.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

j3ssm3ss's picture

I thought this was a great

I thought this was a great response to the brief for week 4 Anita - I really think it struck the right balance between you personal experience and motivations, describing the current situation for women in your country, how it relates to your vision for the future, and where VoF fits in. You write very succinctly too which I think is a great gift as I can clearly hear your voice and the message it carries.

Good luck and keep writing Anita!

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thank you

Thank you my dear sister for the support and encouragement. Stay blessed

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Aminah's picture

what a great dad. I salute him

Very inspiring Anita. Keep working towards your vision.
It's a worthwhile cause. Women should have the freedom to choose when to marry and when to have children.

Women should have access to education as well as financial independence.
I wish you all the best for your future with VOF.

And yes, VOF has become part of us. Our identify will not be complete without being knows a VOF participant :)

Salaam
Aminah

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Aminah

Thanks for the support and encouragement. We shall get there. It all begins with us. Stay blessed my dear sister.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Katalina's picture

Terrific!

Such a great article! I admire your courage and ambition. I grew up in Congo and spent some time in Uganda, wonderful people! The best of success to you! Katalina (my African name)

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks

Thanks Katalina for the support. They should have given you a more african name. Stay blessed my dear sister.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

ola.mahadi's picture

luck you

Having supportive father can make big diffrent in a women life, great peice keep up writting and making ur voice heared.
Stay connected
Ola

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Ola

My dear Ola thank you for the Support and encouragement. We need to work with the men also in the communities to ensure that they support their daughters. Stay blessed my dear.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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