In the past few days:
Talked to women’s rights group that acts as its own police force (they were like village superheroes), visited community dialogue session that got men and women to talk about addressing gender-based violence, had highest government official in Gulu over for dinner, got a tour of the studios at a national radio station, met the guy who interviews President Museveni all the time, went to church, ate lots of mangoes, g-nuts (peanuts), pineapple, lentils, rice, chapatti, greens, watching too many soap operas, learning the local Acholi language (Luo)…
Having some really interesting conversations with all types of people and soaking it all up. At the moment, thinking about the role of the media/freedom of information and its effect on political and social change. Also thinking about how GWED-G is creating a new generation of Ugandan women leaders to “take up political space.” And power, religion, democracy, HIV, maternal health, nutrition, the war. Too much going on in my head to write, so I added a few pics below.
I feel very at home here, even though I’ve only been here for a week.
Overheard from the field:
Wilfred, GWED-G staff man who oversees the women’s rights programs: “At GWED-G, we have a simple formula. Empowering women is the best way to bring development and fight poverty. If we give a woman 5,000 shillings, we know her family will eat today. Invest in the women in the community today, come back in a year, and you’ll see a miracle.”