BREAKING MENTAL BARRIERS

Hoxe presentamos un novo proxecto no que combinamos a promoción da muller e a cooperación internacional. Queremos concienciar sobre a situación das mulleres en África, teremos xornadas con mulleres africanas que están rematando a súa formación en Galicia, nestas sesións, elas, nos falaran dos seus países e da situación actual das mulleres neles, tamén organizaremos eventos co fin de realizar actividades de cooperación ao desenvolvemento neses países.

Deixámosche o testemuño de Deborah Akong, de Uganda

Os presentamos un nuevo proyecto en el que unimos promoción de la mujer y cooperación internacional. Con el intentaremos sensibilizar sobre la situación de la mujer en África y para ello se harán jornadas con mujeres áfricanas que están terminando su formación en Galicia, en estas sesiones nos hablarán de sus paises y la situación actual de las mujeres en ellos, también organizaremos eventos para realizar actividades de cooperación al desarrollo en África.

Os dejamos el testimonio de Deborah Akong, de Uganda

AFRICAN WOMAN

When i think of an African woman, alot comes to my mind; conservative, resilience, rhythm, family’s backbone,  but i seem to come to a conclusion that she can not be put in box. She is diverse, She is phenominal, She is African deeply rooted in her culture.

The Ugandan woman goes through life by one rule: culture. She is born into a series of laws made by our forefathers on how girls should behave. In most cultures, girls are supposed to kneel before their elders, and wives are supposed to kneel before their husbands. 

Also a  girl child is normally mentored into her roles at an early age. We are mentored into looking after our younger siblings, and many roles such as cooking, house cleaning. During holidays we are sent to our “sengas” our aunties where these cultural roots are reinforced.

Although an African woman plays a huge role in development, there has been a limitation of the African woman and a range of walls have been built around her. She has suffered from an unjust social heritage in addition to discriminatory practices both in terms of gender equality and in the market.

It is true that in the medieval times, an african women did not access education,society treated them as the inferior being, their opinion was not always considered valuable yet their male counterparts, had enormous amount of freedom.

With the current globalisation, this is slowly changing, for example in Rwanda women hold more than half the seats in parliament. This is a mile stone, and in my own country there are policies protecting the girl child and helping communities appreciate that educating a girl child is educating a nation

Like many learned african ladies, sometimes i find my self at crossroads, I am a Ugandan woman, and proud to be one. I was privileged to go school, I can speak and write in English more fluently than I can speak in my own language. In Uganda, having an education like mine means you are modern, strong and reborn. But time and again, I find myself wondering: Am I any different from less fortunate Ugandan women?

Ofcourse no, Culture has its claws deep into us from the time we are born, it teaches us the fear often is interpreted as respect.

Sometimes i think i am above some cultural customs,  But am i? Its difficult to find the strength to defy tradition. I may have many questions about my customs but what I know is that I can never raise my voice and declare that I am a modern woman with no trace of tradition. The African blood runs freely through my veins. I will always be a Ugandan!

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