Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

#PEERU4Women #PressforProgress

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower young women and adolescent girls in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.

At Peer To Peer Uganda (PEERU), this year we celebrate the amazing people championing programs targeting young women, adolescent girls and men affected. It is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda:

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

Building on the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women. This comes at a time when majority of Ugandan young women, adolescent girls and generally women in Uganda are living below the poverty line and strongly affected by various social challenges. Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of deep seated gender inequalities and discrimination, rural young women and adolescent girls fare worse than rural men or urban women. They lack infrastructure and health services, decent work and social protection, and are left more vulnerable to the effects of cultural norms and values. Rural women and their loosely structured and governed women groups/networks represent an enormous potential, and they are on the move to claim their rights and improve their livelihoods and wellbeing. They lack good leader skills, advocacy power drive and knowledge to spear head interventions at grass roots.  This sets a gap calling for more investment in programs targeting adolescent girls and young women, amidst all these fall backs we ought to celebrate the success achieved so far. This International Women’s Day, Peer To Peer Uganda (PEERU) celebrates adolescent girls and young women through our campaign #PEERU4Women. Join our champion and let’s celebrate these amazing young women and adolescent girls.

By: Bwire Moses

Founder/ Team Leader