One of the dance performances at Todos for Women celebration organized by PHAU on women’s day.
Women’s day is always an opportunity to reckon on the gains that we have made in achieving inclusive involvement of women in all aspects of life but also evaluate on the uphill task that is still in our midst to realise total gender parity.
As Public Health Ambassadors Uganda –(PHAU) we were privileged to host a number of guests, majority of whom were young women of course, to an evening full of entertainment and insightful discussions on the relevance of having an equal world for all irrespective of gender.
Our International Women’s Day Night event was called ‘Todos for women’. It ran on the International theme “Balance for Better”. Todos is a Spanish phrase meaning ‘all, everything, everyone’. Therefore “Todos for Women” was a reminder that a gender-balanced world requires a contribution from all of us, everyone and everything.
The ladies took part in the Balance for Better photo challenge as a sign to show their commitment to continue the struggle for gender parity. The challenge had some gifts pegged on it and the top three contestants are going to be awarded by PHAU. Voting ended on Monday and winners were announced on our social media pages.
Maylan Mutebi winner of the 2019 International Women’s day photo challenge.
There was a plenary session on Gender parity and female empowerment that featured the legendary Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga, the Vice Chancellor Clark International University who urged the women in attendance to always stand up and speak out for their rights. That they should be bold and confident in their individual talents and skills. Dr. Rose is in a special position that is normally dominated by men not only in Uganda but the world over and therefore she is with no doubt an inspiration to many young women. “I have had opportunities that have enabled me to impact a lot of people and I am grateful for that. At my age right now I no longer do anything to prove a point to men,” she said. The panel was moderated by Winnie Apio from Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum and other panelists included Patrick Ojulong from Community Health Alliance Uganda and Nabanoba Vivian Alice the reigning Miss Y+ (Young Positive) from the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV (UNYPA).
Kiza Johnson PHAU’s Creative Arts Manager taking the ladies through a salsa class.
The rest of the night was dotted with spoken word poetry by a number of artists like Laker and The Black Poet and of course, exciting dancing drills all through that were led by Kiza Johnson our Creative arts manager.