As the rest of the world celebrated international women’s day on 8th March, Girl Child Network Uganda GCN) held a series of activities with girls in the Girls Empowerment Clubs. Over 300 girls got together to get empowered through mentorship and skills training. The featured speakers were Christine Adero from GCN and Esther Namboka, Uganda’s Representative to the World Youth Government, member of the Sherry Blaire Mentorship Program and Founder of Gals Forum International who inspired the girls through talks on several topics.
GCN girls with the US Ambassador, Deborah Malac during the mentoring walk
The week was topped up by the Annual Global Mentoring Walk on Saturday 11th March 2017. The theme of the mentoring walk was “Highlighting Women’s Achievements and Struggle for Gender Equality”. This event was organized by C.E.D.A International, the flag bearer for Uganda for the Global mentoring walks and this brought together powerful women and strong girls from several organizations and schools. GCN participated in the walk together with members from our Girls Empowerment Clubs.
This walked was flagged off by Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom. The walk which started from Centenary Park at 7:00am took to Kitante Primary school where other activities like speeches, exhibitions and health camps with free services like HIV testing and screening were.
Some of the key messages at the event was the emphasis of women being bold for a change and the importance of men being involved in ensuring that women around the world can access equal opportunities. It was great to see women and men get together and support women.
“Corporal punishments are still being performed in schools which is no acceptable wrong. The Government should do surprise visits in schools to identify schools that still heavily punish students. Those that still perform corporal punishments should be closed as a lesson to the rest.”