“Everything a man can do, a woman can do it better.”

In 2015, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, placing gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Women during the Women’s Day Celebrations in Rubondo Village, Nakivale

In a plight to achieve the 2030 agenda, UNHCR in partnership with all the implementing partners in Nakivale with HIJRA as the lead partner organized the annual women’s day celebrations in Rubondo, Nakivale with this year’s theme being “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Despite the heavy downpour, the spirits remained high as celebrations commenced with a friendly football match between the staff of the different implementing partners and the refugees.
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RDC Isingiro District, Herbert Muhangi and the implementing partners football team.

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Scenes from the friendly football match between the refugees and the implementing partners

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Lady of the Match! Sergeant Ajarora Florence, woman police officer attached to Rubondo Police

The day was filled with many activities and presentations that supported the theme for the day like ending poverty, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, reducing inequalities within and between countries, and achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work. Different groups like Rubondo Primary School, Juru, Umoja, Rubondo and Base camp drama groups showcased their talents to impeccably deliver these messages through their short skits and songs to the celebration attendants.
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Pupils of Rubondo Primary School during their performance.

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Rubondo Drama Group presentation.

HIJRA was represented by several staff members from Nakivale and Base camp. Lydia Bakumpe, Protection Manager Nakivale, gave a speech on behalf of all the implementing partners in Nakivale. She thanked those who contributed to the success of the function but reminded all that as a country, we have a long way to go to fill the equality gap. She further encouraged the women to start supporting one another before asking for support from others. In this way, they would be examples for the young girls.

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Lydia Bakumpe giving a speech on behalf of the Implementing Partners in Nakivale

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The Resident District Commissioner of Isingiro District, Herbert Muhangi, was the main celebrant and he issued an apology for the instability in Nakivale on behalf of the government of Uganda with which he promised to continue protecting the refugees. The commissioner commended all the implementing partners present for empowering women with different skills sighting lack of ideas as a major problem. “We should all work together to empower women today because women of today are leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow” he added. He concluded by reminding all the refugees to abide by the laws of Uganda and not involve themselves with other negative forces.

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Herbert Muhangi, RDC Isingiro District during his speech.

“Once you empower a woman, you empower a society”

 

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