Dear Mr. President of Uganda

Mr. President,

How I wish to talk to you about our education system in Uganda. I am grateful for all your efforts to ensure that we acquire the best out of it. But we the future generation have something to say.

There are lots of loopholes that cause me concern. Did the minister of education inform you about the rising issue of denial of access to education taking place in your dear home? This has mostly affected the girl child and no one seems concerned about it. It needs to be addressed before our dear Country goes into a crisis. Today this might not be a problem, but its consequences will affect the future.

Just imagine a home where everyone is educated; girls becoming professors. For this country needs mothers that are well-learned for the development and prosperity of future generations.

Members of parliament must not focus on putting on a show and being a spectacle for the public just for the sake of winning votes. Rather, take action now to stop this social evil. During election campaigns, I always hear: “[we will bring a] change in the system of operations.” How I wish a law would be passed to punish every leader who makes a manifesto full of promises, and fails to deliver. This should be a crime!

Let’s act before the unspeakable happens. DENIAL OF EDUCATION IS A STAIN ON OUR NATION.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Nazziwa

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GIRL CHILD EDUCATION

By Sharon

Education is a human right and a fulfilling experience that helps girls reach their potential.

Most girls in the world do not have this opportunity. In my country Uganda, this is due to cultural belief, religious practices, ignorance and, the worst of all, poverty.

Girls without education opportunity face a lot of problems like:

  • Isolation;
  • Early pregnancies;
  • Early marriages; and
  • High illiteracy rates.

You can imagine your own daughter, sister being married off just because she has no education and no choice to make.

We, as girls under the Rhythm of Life project, wish to have a Nation with Educated mothers and, therefore, we call upon all the decision-makers to improve our education system and see to it that every girl gets the same opportunity worldwide.

Mother’s Day

It is Mother’s Day (Sunday, 6 March 2016) today for some parts of the world, including Bangladesh, Ireland, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Nowadays, it is customary to view Mother’s Day as an occasion to celebrate women as caregivers – to give them a respite (albeit a brief one) from daily household responsibilities – by gifting and pampering them.

Is this the best way to celebrate all that women are and can be? We welcome your comments on this topic.

We have put together some articles taken around the web that are in-keeping with today’s theme. On the one hand, we want to recognise and celebrate women around the world for their indispensable service to humanity. On the other hand, we want to shine a light on some of the issues that still confront us as women, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and, of course, human beings.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day in 2014 , National Geographic published Mother’s Day Turns 100: Its Surprisingly Dark History http://on.natgeo.com/1p00ve3 via @NatGeo in May of that year. It is interesting to note that the woman credited for launching Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, never intended it to become a mass, commercialised affair. In fact, she spent the rest of her life fighting against this.

How Islamic State is training child killers in doctrine of hate http://gu.com/p/4hapg/stw. As the first article shows, the precedents for Mother’s Day were set during the American Civil War and in the post-war era as a means toward peace and reconciliation. This article is looking at the way in which Isis is sensitising young boys to violence. Historically, perceptions of the role of children and women have been instrumental in nation-building. In various contexts, be it Nazi Germany, Charles Taylor in Liberia and now ISIS, the belief that children are the future have led to the co-option of both children and women in abominable and vile acts / schemes.

Widows in India: My children threw me out of the house @AJENews http://aje.io/9l5k. Reading this, the most shocking thing is that all of the women interviewed and photographed have lived in their widows’ communities for 50-60 years and they are likely to die without reconciling with their families and loved ones. Another thing to note is that some of these women were child brides. There was a brilliant documentary in 2010 (http://www.witchesofgambaga.com/) called The Witches of Gambaga which is based on the lives of women who were accused of witchcraft, exiled from their homes to live in Gambaga. The twist is that, although Gambaga has historically been a refuge to these women who are homeless and ostracised, upon leaving their communities they would enter into a life of servitude. They were expected to work for the chief of Gambaga, predominantly, as brick makers. In the rare instances when these women are reconciled with their loved ones, the proof of their innocence being determined by the way a chicken dies, they would have to pay the chief (through money or labour) to secure their freedom and leave Gambaga.

Dear Readers…

We are revamping our blog. Please stay tuned for new posts from our girls in the “Her Tomorrow” programme. They will be the ones in charge of the conversation about their lives and future. We hope you will stick around to share this journey with them. And if you read something that inspires you / made you think / is food for thought then please share our posts on social media. We definitely want our message to spread far and wide.

Thank you for the support!

Girls’ Education

Rhythm of Life acknowledges that containing the threat of the HIV / Aids virus requires the courage to tackle challenging social issues, the commitment to making long-term investments, and a preparedness to go beyond existing measures. As an organisation, we view HIV / Aids not only as a health problem, but also a product of — and exacerbated by — human rights violations. Since HIV / Aids disproportionately affects the poorest, least educated, and most marginalized groups, our aim is to eliminate stigma and to empower those living with the virus.

The daughters of sex workers are instrumental in our vision to bring about change in the red light districts and improve the life chances of a “forgotten and marginalized” group.

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A new Rhythm of life.

Welcome to our blog!

We are a small charity operating in Uganda. We are interested in helping the tiny fraction of the Ugandan population who have been discriminated against and denied access to the healthcare system – the sex workers in the red light districts.

Please take the time to look through our pages and posts to find out what we are about. Your feedback and comments will be greatly appreciate, as well as your support.

With thanks,

From ROL Family