A memorable moment for all women in Uganda and the Globe, 8th March 2012, International Women’s Day Celebration in Uganda was celebrated in the Northern Uganda, in Nebi District.
NVIWODA part of its strategic direction 2011-2015, is to bridge the gap of gender imbalance, through reaching out to the children in schools, and discuss the issues of gender inequality, in order to bridge the gap and tap their potential that could make a difference in future.
In the continued struggle for the women empowerment in Uganda, on the 9th March 2012, a Team of Six senior women mothers, the members of NVIWODA, (Jessica, Cissy, Sarah, Rose, Wilbrode and Judith), opening with a Women National Anthem took the lead to reach out to Primary schools and Kitebi Primary School, found in Lubaga Division, Kampala District, was the first school to benefit from the programme. The aim is to move the theme “Connecting Girls Inspiring futures”, further through face to face discussions and over two hundred girls of classes Six and Seven of the age eleven to fifteen was addressed. We hope to strengthen and save the girls futures.
The issues based on discussion included history of Women’s International Day, Gender Equality, Self Confidence, Hygiene, Guidance and Counseling of girls to complete their education and spiritual formation for success. As prevention is better than cure, awareness on HIV/AIDs was also discussed.
Girls were advised to be wise and abstain from sex and never use condoms and wait for proper marriage.
Some indicators of women empowerment and model successes and achievements, women in Uganda, was shared among the young community.
Mrs. Kinyera Anne, the Science teacher of Kitebi Primary School, said that the girls shy aware from science subjects. During the preparations of our talk, the boys exhibited their skill in connecting of the louder speaker system equipment, and “Why not the girls Cissy inquired from the science teacher”.
Girls were advised to participate in science subjects that they assume that are hard, this would open to them greater opportunities. Through Physical fitness exercise of walking, girls were advised to memorize, through what they have learnt in a day, this opens up their brain more.
At the closing the teachers present appreciated NVIWODA’s initiative of reaching out to the schools to share with the children life experience, especially with the girls. “We also talk to them but at least today, they can hear it, from other horse’s mouth” a teacher commented.
The Team concluded” By talking to you in a big group is a great opportunity for us, because we know we will achieve great impact on children. We were once young like you, we also went through that life experience and we were guided through.” At least four schools, with an output of eight hundred (800) children will be reached this year 2012.