WIL Uganda: Poem of a Woman

One day there was a woman in Busembatia.
The woman was not educated enough.
Her mother died and her family sent her a message.

But the woman could not read or write.
She kept the letter for her husband
To read to her when he returned home.

The husband came back home, and the woman said, “There is a message for you.”
When the husband read that message,
He found the announcement that his mother-in-law, her mother, had died.

The woman cried because she was not educated.
So let us all be educated in order to have a good future,
For everyone in the world.

By Dina Kagoya, age 15, Teen Voices participant, student at Standard High School, Busembatia.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, participants of the Teen Voices program with WIL Uganda wrote articles surrounding the topic of Being a Woman.

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WIL Uganda is a grassroots, community based, female empowerment organisation, based in a rural Ugandan town called Busembatia. Their mission is to empower women and girls with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their own communities. Their vision is for the women and girls of the community to be in positions of leadership, and to act as role models for future generations of girls, whilst encouraging equitable development in Uganda. In the Teen Voices Programme, they discuss challenges of gender issues that girls face in Uganda and then guide the girls on how to produce news stories about these challenges. These stories are then published online reaching an international audience. They also show the girls how to use social media to share news and advocate for change. Through teaching the girls gender equality, and helping them write articles to raise awareness, the girls gain the knowledge and the confidence of how they can improve gender equality through their own leadership.

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