April 4, 2013
March 27, 2013
September 30, 2010
The country of Uganda took route in 1914, but the women have been giving life, beauty, and hope to this majestic land from the beginning of time. Their definition of Ugandan women is diverse, where it places value on motherhood, agriculture, traditions, friendship, and so much more. Sadly, Ugandan women's needs are still not being met due to governmental and cultural barriers. Though this won't be for long, as Ugandan women are making sure their voices are heard and their actions are not ignored.
Though the road has never been smooth, the strength of Ugandan women has been noticed from around the wold.
For example in rural areas of Uganda, women had to kneel down when speaking to men. This changed when women revolted in the 1980's and challenged this tradition that placed them as second class citizens. Fast forward to 1998 and women again showed their courage when they spoke against female genital mutilation (FGM). The Sabiny people have worked to completely stop FGM and instead of ignoring the tradition that represents a girl becoming a women, they changed the tradition. They created new rituals that placed the importance of the growth of women without forcing physical repression on them. To have such a positive outcome from a negative issue is what makes the Ugandan women powerful and beautiful. They fight together with their heart and their mind, focusing on the strength in solutions and the importance of working together.
Though we have come a long way, where Museveni government promised to work to create equality and end discrimination against women, the people of Uganda need to continue their fight. We continue to see women being treated less than males through such issues as land rights, government representation, or men marrying young women in fear of catching HIV, where girls from the ages of 3 to 9 years of age are more than ten times higher than males of the same age to have HIV.
We, as Ugandans, won't be marked as victims but as survivors, placing importance on the solution and not the problem. Through this group we will inspire not only Ugandans, but Africans. We will place our ideas, thoughts, hopes, and dreams in a community that champions us, supports us, and values us. We won't write in fear, humiliation, or constraint, because as Ugandan women here at World Pulse we are cherished. This group helps us not only envision a better future, but also build a foundation for womens' equality.