Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine has called upon each and everyone to treat the female species with dignity, respect and calls upon of any forms of marginalization against women.
Bobi Wine made the rally through a post on his social media pages as he shared some of his real-life experiences of how he usually witnesses the marginalization that women go through.
He was joining the rest of the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
Below is his full message
I J the people of Uganda in celebrating the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. We ought to celebrate women not just on this day, but on all other days knowing that without them we would all be doomed! On this day, we pause to reflect on the unique contribution of our mothers, sisters daughters to the world. Women bring forth life. In most parts of the world, including Uganda, they endure insurmountable odds to raise children in a very difficult world- many times !
As I always say, I grew up mostly with my mother and it is because of that superwoman that I am what I am today. I recall with admiration her struggles – maneuvering through life each day to make sure we became something in life. In her hard work and resilience in adversity, I see the lives of the many Ugandan women who go through similar struggles each day.
For example, Maama Nankya used to sell cooking oil in a small shop in Kamwokya. A few years ago, her shop was razed down by KCCA. With her 7 children, she was forced out of town. The father of her children abandoned her when she gave birth to a child with albinism! I recently met her in Kayunga town where she went and she told me – “Bobi, I am struggling, but I have to wake up each day and work hard to educate my children.”
Such stories are with us – everywhere. The women who die in childbirth every day, and those who lose their children. Our daughters who run out of Uganda every day looking for greener pastures, only to end up being turned into sex slaves. Our mothers in the rural areas who till the land, only for their produce to be bought for peanuts, and other countless issues. I implore all of us to treat each other with dignity and respect- and eliminate all forms of marginalization against our female counterparts. As Gloria Steinem said, “The human race is like a bird with two wings – if one is broken the bird cannot fly.”
In a special way, I celebrate the women who have gotten to the forefront in the struggle for the liberation of Uganda. In particular, we celebrate and stand in solidarity with Dr. Stella Nyanzi who continues to face untold trials and tribulations for daring to stand up to the despot! Our struggle is in part, to ensure that women and girls live free in a new Uganda based on justice, truth, and equal opportunity. Happy Women’s day.