At Farug, women’s day is a time to reflect on progress made. It’s a call for change and a celebration of the acts of courage and determination by our LBTI activists who have played an extraordinary role in our community. All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. FARUG’s 2015 theme, GREATER THAN STEReoTYPES envisions a society where each woman can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, prospering in business, community (society at large) , and living in a society free from violence and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Gone are the days when women were domestic goddesses(belong in the kitchen) we are now part of an era where women can be anything they wish to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, women can even become President. Our very Kasha Jackline Nabagesera was named among the Harvard Law international women’s day portrait exhibit 2015 honorees
Given the status quo, we are right to look to those in positions of power and influence to proactively champion for change at a policy and structural level. However, we cannot, and must not, rely on them alone. Rather as women, we must each take personal responsibility for doing what we can, however little it may seem, to forge change and stand against gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping when we see it.
In marking this year’s Women’s Day I invite every woman reading this article to consider what more you can do to advance yourself and other women to become stronger catalysts for change. And to every man (yes, you’re an equally important part of this equation), I invite you to reflect on where your biases may be perpetuating the challenges women face.
“On this women’s day, my heart is bereaved. We have come a long way and I stand in solidarity to condemn the recently passed bills especially the REGISTRATION OF PERSONS act that will criminalize the existence of our trans brothers and sisters. i call upon our partners and allies to stand with us to challenge this injustice.” Ssenfuka Warry Executive Director, Freedom and Roam Uganda