How Can We “Balance For Better”?
Abusive power relations against women/ girls is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or
psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life (DEVAW Art.1, 1993).
This is encompassing, but not limited to, three areas: violence occurring in the family, within the general community, and violence perpetrated or condoned by the State. There is compelling evidence that violence against women/ girls is severe and pervasive throughout the world. Due to power relations, women and men in Uganda suffer from gender-based violence however women have been the most victims.
In Uganda, it has been revealed that the majority of men still believe the misconception of traditional setting which absolutely undermined the rights of girls and women’s. The culture of our community teaches girl child to be subordinate to men. In the long run, this has confined women participation in different walks of life. The most remarkable outcome is the triggering of domestic violence among families.
On International Women’s Day 2019, Youth Rising International decided not to sit and watch this happen. Through our integrated community outreach program, we grounded our efforts mainly on raising awareness of gender roles and tolerance among children and youth both in Mukono and Kitende spaces.
On 8th March, we successfully reached out 75 people, 56 of those were youth (31 females and 21 males) and 19 adults (8 males, 11 males) in Mukono district and 48 kids in Kitende— Entebbe. 20 from Kawotto primary school, and 28 from the local community totaling up to 123 people. During our dialogue in Mukono, we discussed a range of issues faced by women and men in society. We also shared about what women’s day means to both males and female in the community and participants evidently pointed out that men are part of the problem.
As the message in the theme of this year’s event: “Balance for Better” rang into the minds of the participants, they were able to recognize that men are again part of the solution. We engaged them in a dialogue and shared about how we can be flexible regarding gender roles. Imploring young boys and girls to support each other through peace building, education and advocacy to strengthen resilience and gender cohesion.