Monthly Archives: July 2016

Why Girl Empowerment Programs Should Move from Boardrooms to Communities

Girls' Globe

Why don’t many Ugandan girls go to school? Is it because they have no books or uniforms? Or they have to trek long distances? The answers to these questions might be affirmative. But that is not all. There is another, rarely talked about problem that can bring girls’ education, social status to a screeching halt: the simple lack of a sanitary towel when she has her period.

Phionah Kizza has been working with AFRIpads, a social enterprise in Uganda that manufactures and sells washable cloth, sanitary pads, for two years now as a supervisor in the production facility. During the commemoration of World Population Day by Reach A Hand, Uganda in Kawempe, a slum in Kampala city, she had an opportunity to show adolescent girls and women who were at the event how to use these reusable pads. The event was commemorated in partnership with UNFPA under the theme Harnessing…

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Twists about judgement

In my own understanding, it is the thinking that one is better than the other in a condescending manner. Judgement normally finds people highly aware, moderately aware or not aware of it at all. But then all that aside what is it and how do we classify it as judgement? 

Does it come about because some one is better than you or you think they are better?  Is it somewhat similar to criticism?  Or is the whole concept misunderstood? 

Funny thing about judgement is that its an irony that keeps on going through circles and that it is a pattern that goes on and on. For those who don’t know  what am trying to get to, let me give a case scenario where you get two different characters of two people who have different strengths and weaknesses but its highly likely that one who perceives that they are stronger with no regard of the other’s feelings will not wait to make the other feel inferior about themselves. 

Its been said that judging one doesn’t make you a better human than the person but rather shows the weakness and loopholes in one’s character. This could be true but what brings about judgement? Is it the way of parenting that one receives that determines the kind of output you find in the pathway? Is it the people that we meet along the hallways that strike a nerve to awaken the point in question? Or is it just a fragment of my imagination? Is it inherent and that we cannot do much about it to fix the jigsaws of its mark? 

How about we stop trying to be perfect, having the “latest design” and be grateful that we have all this beauty around us to be enjoyed? What others refer to as beauty may differ from my perception but does that make them wrong? Or are we trying too hard to be “it” without realising the damage done to the silent wails along the way? 

This is not a call for change but rather a shake up from our stupor of self and see things on a different dimension to our best abilities. Love and humanity are the most expensive priceless qualities that measure up to our purpose on earth and they greatly influence our accomplishments but for them to be fully utilised, we need interdependence as a discipline. 

It’s a beautiful world full of amazingly awesome people which leaves us to the choice of not holding people’s flaws over their heads like an identity but to appreciate their difference as beautiful mistake that humbles us.