Women and girls play a vital role in human progress and have a significant place in society. They are not inferior to boys or men at all. The multiple roles they play such as mothers, income earners and managing institutions like education centers, medical centers, and others make their contribution crucial to sustainable development. For so many years, women have been looked at as inferior but in the bid for equitable development, many programs have come up in support of the women and girls to end gender inequality and boost the esteem of women and young girls.
Equity ensures fairness between men and women or between boys and girls which is a process of equality and equitable development. Some of the things done to ensure equitable development include equal pay, accessing education and health care. Another Hope Children’s Ministries with an interest in reducing gender inequality and women and girls living in poverty started a skilling project for young women and girls. They are trained in different fields and building their esteem as well as to become better and bigger than they ever imagined. The skilling project provided access to education for many girls whose esteem has been boosted, restored their hope and have great visions for their lives and families.
One of the beneficiaries narrates
The beneficiary is a resident of Matale village in Buikwe District and is 19 years old. Here her story. I grew with a desire to work so hard and be rich but over time I changed my mind because of what I was seeing in society. Women in my region were so dependent on their husbands and I slowly changed to the mentality of getting a man to marry me and depending on him for everything. This thought was boosted when my father who was paying my school fees ran short of funds and I dropped out of school. At this point, I thought more about getting a man to marry me because I was not studying and I couldn’t find a job to work.
After two years, I had of the opportunity availed by AHCM of skilling young women and I enrolled for tailoring and fashion design. I have studied for one year but I have been largely impacted by what I have learned. Because I can do something to earn money, my esteem has been boosted and my dreams have been restored. During the school break, I managed to get a part-time job because I had some tailoring skills which didn’t happen in the two years I sat home without having any skill. When I finish my course, I will start working to improve the life of my family, buy land for myself and build a house on it with rentals. All that I thought I would get when I get married, I now believe I will do them for myself. I thank everyone for the efforts made to ensure equitable development among men, women boys and girls.