Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

We all need a safe space to learn, unlearn and relearn. As a young African feminist this has been hard for me to cut through certain spaces due to religious beliefs, cultural norms and the society’s perception of feminism as an ideology. To me, the leadership institute has not only been a safe space for me to learn, unlearn and relearn but also developed my leadership skills as a leader and an activist.

Most of us women seem comfortable where we are because we were raised in patriarchal societies and tend to believe in the patriarchal norms imposed on us. But once you explore and exploit the power that lies with in you as a woman, you realise we all have the potential to smash patriarchy. The Leadership institute promoted the spirit of sisterhood where by an issue that affects one woman affects all and no one ought to sit down and keep silent about it, there must be reaction.

From the institute, I realized that it is urgent to rearrange the patriarchal value system through women empowerment. In order to achieve gender equality, various interventions should be undertaken to address the issues of asymmetries between men and women. In private domains, men exercise power over women through various forms of domestic violence and unequal opportunities in the household setup. Then in public domains, there is under-representation of women in political, and decision making processes which continue to widen the gender inequality gap.

However through the leadership institute, with perfectly matched mentors, we were all fully equipped to solve the GBV issues in our communities as a big step towards achieving Gender equality. I look forward to equipping young girls in rural and slum areas of Uganda with 21st century skills that they can use to fight GBV. In this case, our major focus are young girls in the slum areas of Mpererwe that have dropped out of the education system with ICT skills so that they can use ICT as a major tool of advocacy with a major aim of reducing GBV. By building the digital and literacy skills of these young girls, they are in a better position to participate in political and business related decision making processes which are a major consideration towards achieving gender equality.

Written by Ednah Kukundakwe

TuWezeshe 2018 Fellow