Celebrating Women in Northern Uganda

Outreach Uganda Helps Sponsor Local International Women’s Day Festival in Lamwo District

In a community where over 60% of females responded that sometimes it is OK to be beaten by one’s husband, celebrating womanhood is no small matter. In early May, over 50 ladies and even some men from Agwata village traveled to Palabek Gem to attend their first ever festival marking International Women’s Day. The UN-recognized holiday helps bring attention to the need for acknowledgement of women’s rights, and the need for their participation in political and economic life.

Celebrating women in northern Uganda

Our Agwata women performed their special dance at the sub-county celebration for International Women’s Day

Outreach Uganda believes that the advancement of women drives greater economic and social change. Income-generation is one of our primary efforts because of its ability to empower women. The money earned from bead sales and project donations allows the women we work with  to start or supplement small businesses. They receive technical training, accumulate inventory, and improve business practices. With this income, the ladies have a greater say in how the family’s money is spent, including feeding and educating the next generation of community members and breaking the cycle of poverty.

The Agwata women proudly wore the white t-shirts they had purchased themselves for this special event.  At the event, they presented their special cultural dance that they had rehearsed the preceding two weeks.  While this year’s Women’s Day festival was the inaugural event for the sub-county, we hope it was not the last.  The Cubu Parish (which includes Agwata where our third beader group is located) had the most attendees at the event. There is talk that perhaps next year’s event may be moved to Cubu Parish. Hopefully, with our continued work and your continued support, by that time there will be even more for these women to celebrate.

More photos below:

Agwata women posing for group photo in their new t-shirts. Proud to be leaders in their community.

Agwata women posing for group photo in their new t-shirts. Proud to be leaders in their community.

 

Women marching on the way to the site of the sub-county celebration in early May 2014.

Women marching on the way to the site of the sub-county celebration in early May 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another dance photo of our women at the International Women's Day celebration.

Another dance photo of our women at the International Women’s Day celebration.

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