:: Competition Competition Competition::

Hey guys.. World Humanitarian Day is approaching.

And to mark the WHD 2020, the United Nations Major Group For Children and Youth is organizing a creativity competition for young people globally.

Please feel free to participate and share with your friends.. here is the link

http://shorturl.at/cFGX2

Climate Action::::: IYD2020

In commemoration of International Youth Day we are taking the theme Climate Action…

So what is your pledge about…

I pledge to raise more awareness about climate change in my community.. more information is still needed as many are still not aware.

Thanks for reading and caring and our environment and climate.

Covid 19 and it’s Implications.. ‘A look at the Girl Child ‘

The Covid 19 pandemic has changed the world in so many ways and it has affected people in all walks of life in that it has even expanded the poverty level.

But it’s Greatest impact has been on the Girl Child.

With strong measures put in place to control it’s spread like closure of schools, many young girls in my community dropped out of school with majority becoming teenage mothers.

The rate of period poverty has also increased as majority of the girls aren’t able to afford Menstrual Hygiene Management products like pads, soap among others.

And this poverty has even forced many parents to marry off their children.

I could go on and on listing the problems and impacts of Covid 19 coz they are so many but I believe that now is the right time to start coming up with solutions to some of these problems and also to start preparing for life in a post Covid 19 world.

As a change maker and youth leader who is very passionate about Human Rights , Menstrual Hygiene Management and young adolescence development, I believe that it’s vital to continue sensitizing the community about SRHR and Covid 19 coz it seems like more efforts is being taken into Covid 19 while other areas are being neglected and yet young people are facing so many SRHR problems.

It is also vital to advocate for and sensitize the community about Human Rights, young people needs to know their rights especially in regards to SGBV.

We also need to continue training and teaching young girls about Menstrual Hygiene Management to avert period poverty like making reusable sanitary pads with the lockdown in place they can easily use the available home materials.

But more importantly, we need to come together and end teenage pregnancies and child Marriages.

Thanks for reading

Until next time, Stay home, stay safe.

“Ending Child Marriages in Uganda”

“Ending Child Marriages in Uganda”

Child Marriage simply refers to both formal marriages and informal unions in which children under the age of 18 live with a partner as if married.

Child Marriage is a violation of Human Rights and one of United Nation’s sustainable Development Goals is to eradicate child marriage in the world by 2030.

According to UNICEF, Uganda has the 16th highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world and the tenth highest absolute number of child brides globally 787,000 (Girls Not brides- https://www.girlsnotbrides.org>uganda)

Several factors contribute to the increasing rate of child marriages in Uganda among which includes; low level of education as some parents are still against educating the girl child, poverty as most parents who are extremely poor in the rural communities of uganda see their daughters as source of wealth, and lack of basic needs like sanitary products also drives many young girls into early marriages and as a peer Educator and activist, I have come across many young girls who still believe that getting pregnant is the only solution to their ‘menstrual/period problems’ .
But all in all the biggest cause of child marriage in my community is cultural norms in regards to Adolescent pregnancy as it is considered a disgrace and Mark of shame if a girl gets pregnant and remains at home and the only solution that’s often offered by the elders is marriage irrespective of the girl’s age.

Several efforts are being taken by the Government and different NGOS to ensure that child marriage is eradicated in Uganda. But it is still not enough as more still needs to be done by the community and young activists in ensuring that girls remain in school and also educating the parents and the public against child marriage.

Uganda is has good laws in regard to child marriage but enforcing the so called laws alone will not eradicate child marriage as only few are able to understand it.
In other words, all information regarding laws protecting children from child marriages should be made known to the locals in a language they clearly understands. This will not only empower them to stand up for their children but will greatly contribute to ending child marriage in Uganda as majority will come to realize that it’s dangerous and illegal at the same time.

In conclusion therefore, inorder for it to be possible for Uganda to fulfill it’s commitment of eliminating child, early and forced marriage by 2020 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it will require all of us working together involving all sectors- Health and education sectors working together in ensuring that girls are healthy and staying in schools, Activists,advocates and various stakeholders working with the community and thus ensuring that no one is left behind and the right age appropriate information is given to all.

Thanks for reading.

CW-DC Crisis on Infinite Earth’s “”My Top Crisis moments””

So after taking a long Christmas break from everything including writing… I finally ended the long break by bing watching all the arrowverse latest season and including all five parts of crisis on Infinite Earths.

So here are my top crisis moments.

1. Jon Carter’s Lex Luthor making himself a paragon… It was so worth it… It was a nice move making him return and even made Supergirl season alot better.

2. Baby John interrupting the monitors… It was kinda fun.. and Mick turn out to be a good baby sitter.

3. The Spectre vs Anti monitor….. First of all Green arrow becoming the Spectre was cool… I was so sad when he first died. And I thought that was basically it.

I was also worried about Mia continuing with the green arrow legacy but after watching season 8 episode 9 I was super impressed. Green arrow and the canaries might just be my next favorite arrowverse series(spin off) and the 3 ladies fighting together just made Charlie’s Angel’s a little less cool… It was epic.

4. The flash (Grant) meeting Justice league flash (Ezra Miller)…. I wasn’t expecting it but it was so worth it. Best cameo ever.. considering the fact that I didn’t enjoy justice league the first time I watched it.. but it was a wonderful surprise to see both flash in the same room and kinda made me to like justice league more.

But I wasn’t impressed with the Smallville cameo… I really thought they were doing to do much with his character since it was over emphasized in the spoilers that Smallville superman would be in the crossover.

5. Giant Beeboo fight… A throw back to DC legends of tomorrow season 3. ..

6. Ray Palmer meeting kingdom come superman was also cool…

7. Sara and Mia beating up Johnah hex…

Okay I think that’s enough crisis talk for now…

Thanks for reading and visiting…. See you next week.

(Image source.. Google images)

“Mother’s piece of advice”

(This article is fictional and not based on real story/events… )

Feeling humiliated is not that bad, being ignored is bad but worst of all is being hated for who you are; the feeling that nobody loves or respect you for being you is the worse feeling ever and yet most of the time it is just mental. It is sometimes hard to imagine what hardships and sufferings can do to a person and the truth is that it can completely destroy a person.

Margaret’s daughter Blessings was a sweet little girl, bright and just like her name was meant to be a blessing to others and instill in others hope so says her mother before her unexpected death. Both of her parents died when she was still so young, abandoned by the relatives and left to continue surviving in a not so suitable conditions

Because of blessing’s sufferings, she viewed humans as horrible creatures; they would commit several atrocities , torture women, neglect widows, abandon organs to fend for themselves. The rich take advantage of the poor, they play favoritism when giving jobs and so much more.

Blessing’s childhood tortured and broke her; the neglect by the community and relatives Pierce her heart right through to her soul and the tragedies completely shuttered her dreams. Blessings had big dreams of a better and happier life but at 20 she couldn’t even bring herself to fall in love because she had totally lost faith in mankind.

Blessings was tired of living the same kind of life everyday and desperately needed things to change and in order to make her family’s life better, she needed to continue surviving, fighting and working hard. And surely Blessings’ anger was too much and needed to be locked away or dealt with somehow; it was the kind of anger that could swallow an entire planet if left uncheck or if it were in the DC universe and gifted with some super powers would be catastrophic.

Blessings then decided that it was time to lock away all her pain and sorrows and in doing so had to remember the only piece of advice that her mother gave her before her death. She said to herself, “Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women…, And so my child remember to wor hard no matter what comes your way and don’t ever give up on life”.

Blessings had no choice but to pretend to fit in. She created several locked doors inside her heart- the biggest was the door of grieve, hatred and anger. She knew that she had to lock all the darkness and hatred inside to continue living.

Life is unfair, life is miserable, fullof sorrows and bad luck sometimes and the only thing that remains is hope that tomorrow might be different. And Margaret’s Blessings can only hope that one day mankind will change their character and there will be a new and better world with less of whatever she had witnessed so far.

“How I wish I still believe in santa clause- ‘Father Christmas’ “.

Well, this year has been such a rollercoaster… I didn’t even realised that it was almost 2020… Not until yesterday when I attended my niece and nephew’s Christmas party which was organised by their school.

The joy and happiness in the faces of the children made me wished I still belief /had faith in santa clause- (father Christmas).

But in reality I stopped believing long time ago when I realized that most of our problems can not be wished away through believe in something which is not real but rather through action in what we can see.

So..have been quite busy this week that I didn’t come up any good article but hopefully next Monday it will be great… Just keep reading..

For now , Merry Christmas to all the believers and non- believers… Because it’s a reminder that we are heading towards a new year and we need to start working on our resolutions and areas that we want to see change…

Be the change that you want to see by working hard towards that which you want…

Thanks for reading, till next Monday.

‘A note on Obstetric Fistula’

Obstetric Fistula- A condition that I didn’t know existed until recently when I took the SRHR course and here is something small that I felt like sharing.

It means Abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina or between the rectum and vagina.

An Obstetric Fistula- develops during labor and birth when the infant’s head decends into the maternal pelvis- mainly because the child is too big.

The main cause is prolonged and obstructed labor and another reason why women are still more vulnerable as compared to men.

The contributing factors includes; poverty, a low status of women, childhood malnutrition and disease which restricts pelvic growth, an early age of first pregnancy, poor education regarding maternal health, lack of access to facilities that offer cesarean section; and lack of transportation to a hospital in case of an obstetrical emergency.

The signs and symptoms of Obstetric Fistula- includes among others, continuous leakage of stool/ urine, offensive smell, recurrent vaginal infections.

And the effects includes, resentment,stigma, infections, among others.

Obstetric Fistula- is common among poor people in the rural areas and most cases are not reported and the victims are left to suffer for years. Some Victims are also not aware about the existence of the condition as some view it as a curse or something..

It is up to us to spread awareness about Obstetric Fistula- and together we can not only help in treating the victims but making an end to it by avoiding things like early marriages, use of traditional birth attendants …to mention but a few .

Thanks for reading, until next Monday .

But please don’t forget to read more about Obstetric Fistula- Knowledge is key.

“No one is Born disable”

When we talk about disability it is very important to acknowledge that no one is Born disable but it’s rather the social construction of society that makes one disable and in one way or another we have all been guilty of discriminating people born different (with impairments). We have socially constructed people to be disable either directly or indirectly by failing to observe their rights.

Persons with disabilities (Impairments) face so many problems especially in regard to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) an example is Health workers’ perceptions towards women with physical disability giving birth.

And other than the negative altitude from health workers, the society also looks at women with physical disability as sick and should not be allowed to give birth to more sick people (disabled children) not knowing that most forms of disability are not inherent.

Failure to understand sign language also affects womenwitg hearing Impairments when it comes to pregnancy and child birth thereby limiting their information on access yet everyone has equal rights to access information.

Thus we all need to work hard to implement projects and practices that ensure the inclusion of everyone by ensuring that their voices are heard.

For started as a SRHR practioner and activist, I have challenged myself to learn the Ugandan sign language (USL) … Thanks to SET-SRHR program cohort 8.

But I believe that there is also need for formal disability training and awareness raising to break the social construction of disability and ensuring inclusive planning and programing.

In conclusion, ” Disability should not be considered as a personal attribute and limited to impairment , but as a situation which results from interaction between the person and his or her environment, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are also sexual beings and have SRH needs and Rights”

Thanks for reading..

Until next Monday.