excerpts from allafrica.com
As Uganda celebrated the International Women’s day at the weekend, three Ugandans were listed for awards by Women Deliver, a global advocacy organisation.
Women Deliver, advocates improved health and well-being of girls and women. Martin Wanzala, from Allied Youth Initiative; Nargis Shirazi (Woman to Woman Foundation) and Humphrey Nabimanya (Reach a Hand Uganda) will each receive $5,000 to promote girls’ and women’s health and rights in their communities.
This C-Exchange seed grant is part of a $50,000 Women Deliver grant to Young Advocates in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
“We know that if we want to advance girls’ and women’s health globally, we cannot act alone,” said Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global. “Collaboration is critical and Women Deliver helps forge partnerships for girls and women everywhere.”
The programme was launched at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Malaysia to create new opportunities to engage and empower youth.
“Young people have fresh, new ideas to overcome maternal and reproductive health challenges in their communities, but they do not always have the means to transform proposals into projects,” said Joy Marini, executive director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson.
The selected projects will help increase access to youth-friendly services and information in Uganda and end child marriage in rural Zimbabwe.
Women in Uganda have come a long way, and some people take March 8 as no more than another excuse to party.
A look at the recommendations in the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women shows the progress. The UN calls on member states to increase women’s leadership and participation in national governance, end violence against women, engage women in all aspects of peace and security processes, enhance womenís economic empowerment and make gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.
Today, the number of girls graduating from university has increased significantly, with female graduands sometimes outnumbering the males. Uganda was the first African country to have a female vice president in Specioza Wandira, and now has a female speaker of Parliament in Rebecca Kadaga.
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