The vision of a freer Africa is within our grasps if we focus on changes

This year’s theme calls for “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. women’s movements have brought all the evidence ensuring the rights of all women and girls are respected and inclusive.

Women are no longer waiting to be offered a seat, they are bringing their own fold-up chair and this battle for equality is everywhere. And warranted or not, it has become a battle cry for so many.

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the inequalities women face and advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest challenges

Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute most of the worlds poor and are more dependent on the natural resources that climate change threatens the most.

At the same time, women and girls become effective and powerful changemakers when meaningfully involved in development and sustainability initiatives around our communities their untapped potential to participate in these platforms result into delayed growth and development

Who is coming together to build unity and social awareness around gender equality and women’s empowerment?

Looking at the #LastingChange campaign conducted by Oxfam Uganda aimed at strengthening call for a freer, more equal Africa for women and girls and a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

This is so fitting given the current social climate in Uganda and on the continent. As a nation, we need to so hyper-focused on gender equality in hiring practices, educational systems, political offices, in places of employment

Women and girls today still face countless obstacles and discriminations, violence and are deeply hindered by the various forms of poverty that continue to manifest; on a good note, today women and girls are more determined to change this “norm”

Follow the conversation online via #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias and #LastingChange to know more about the campaign.

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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