Yesterday, Ugandan Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga answered questions on Twitter about female empowerment in Uganda using the hashtag #AskNRM. I was excited to hear from a Ugandan female professional about women’s issues (though I found the exchange disappointing due to lateness, lack of substance and credibility, but that is another story). Nevertheless, I was inspired to share my own experience as a working woman in Kampala.
In my experience, women in Uganda are mostly valued for their nurturing, beauty, reproduction, domestic service, status, money and sex. It is not an insignificant challenge for a woman to be valued primarily for her work.
I risk sounding like a feminist here - and more importantly I do not speak for other women in Uganda who have very different experiences than myself (especially when you factor in poverty) - but I’m writing this on my own behalf, because it’s something I think we need to talk about more if we truly want women's empowerment in Uganda.
Readers: please ask another woman about her experience working in Uganda to get a fuller picture. Ugandan female bloggers: please respond with your own story.
Things men say:
This is how it has been for me, as a young Canadian woman in an old Ugandan man’s world…