Feminist leadership is about changing how power works. It should not just be about appointment of women but also advancement for social justice for all. It is leadership for the women and girls in Karamoja who have to spend more time fetching water because the valley dams were not constructed. It is leadership for the less fortunate in the country- female, male, different able bodied, rural, urban, young, old- for whom mismanagement of the funds meant for poverty alleviation was the difference between making it in life and falling through the cracks. It is about taxpayer money used for one individual when thousands go hungry in the country.
Between literacy and high cost of ICT, gender inclusion is essential to the achievement of the mandate of the ministry.
And while the Ministry was kind enough to make policy provisions, they forgot to invite women and youth to the table. This table is important because this is where who makes the decisions is seating, and from the looks of it, whoever is making the decisions is a Ugandan male above 30 years.
President Museveni, who is currently campaigning for another term, has been the president of Uganda since 1986. One of the promises he has made on the campaign trail is that should he be re-elected, his government will provide free sanitary pads to girls in school. He made the pledge on the fourth day of his campaign trail, in Alebtong district. It is probably the first time in this country that a president has talked about women’s sanitary needs: and used it to ask for votes, too.
There is no option, the men will have to be involved, men will have to be taught about the gender biases how to the men will have to treat women the way they would have loved to have their sisters, daughters and mothers treated. There is no way around it.
There is not one definite way to mentor a child, some people advise to start at the tender ages. Straighten the stick while it’s still wet and malleable because when it is dry, it breaks, a proverb goes. Other people don’t worry too much about the breaking and prefer to talk to grown adults. In my opinion the earlier the better. I believe children need to be guided and molded straight from their formidable years to enable them to achieve their future aspirations.
It was hard to feel safe during the time after the Anti-Porn Act was passed and hooligans across the country were undressing women (owing, in large part, to remarks from Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo). Anyone was game. Skirts. Tights. Jeans. As different boda boda men have insisted to me, they are aware…
It is a political act where she intentionally inserts her body- that which should move through the world clothed and preferably quietly- into the conversation. This is why shame comes easy to the gaze as the woman has deliberately cast her body as an object of representation of her suffering. Given the intent on the older woman’s part and the reason that would drive her to this point, it is no wonder that we call it a curse.