As we globally celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. I strongly believe that positive steps have been gained all over the world on issues of accelerating gender parity. However, the journey still has a long way to go, and more commitment, focus and determination is required from both women and men to enable environments where women flourish. I believe polices have been put in place and more are being debated, but we need to focus on implementation and impact. At SOS Children’s Villages Uganda, women have had a significant, positive impact, with hundreds of SOS mothers raising disadvantaged boys and girls who go onto to positively impact the world.
I myself am a proud beneficiary of the journey for gender parity. I represented the young women from Uganda to the World Women’s Conference in Beijing in 1995, and I was chairperson for the Commonwealth Youth Programme Africa region. I have participated in a number of forums for the advancement of women, and I have used this vast experience to have an impact on SOS Children’s Villages Uganda. We are running programmes at SOS Children’s Villages which address the gender gap. I have offered career talks to girls and women, and I have served on several government, private and NGO boards where I have advocated for gender parity.
The magic that will positively trigger change the world over is enshrined in the empowerment of women in the various roles including leadership, politics, business, environment, corporate and social services. I believe the world will be a better place. At SOS Children’s Villages Uganda, we have impacted the lives of children through women, supporting more than 60,000 children over our 25 years of existence.