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Celebrating Women in Buganda

“Don’t throw away your cultural values, rather incorporate them with modernity or trends to ensure prosperity”

– Her Royal Highness Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda –

“Don’t throw away your cultural values, rather incorporate them with modernity or trends to ensure prosperity.” Said HRH Sylvia Nagginda, Nnaabagereka (Queen) of the Kingdom of Buganda

This was during the Buganda Kingdom celebrations of the International Women’s Day on March 31st, 2021, at Bulange gardens.

The Nnabagereka applauded women for fearlessly taking part in leadership and decision-making roles and continuously challenging all the hurdles in their way. She encouraged them to utilize the positive Kiganda values of Obuntubulamu in all the spaces they occupy. This, in turn, would help them achieve SDG 5; Achieve gender equality, and empower all women and girls.

The event under the Theme; “Women in leadership; Achieving an Equal COVID19 future” saw women from all the 18 counties of Buganda compete in an exhibition of crafts and innovative ways to earn money.

Also in attendance were women Members of Parliament from Buganda and the Central government.

HRH Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda during at the International Women’s Day function held on the March 31st, 2021 at Bulange Gardens, Mengo.

According to Dr. Prosperous Nankindu, the Buganda Minister for Education, Gender, and Social Development, the event aimed to highlight the achievements of women regardless of the storm that came with the pandemic.

UN Women’s report indicates that due to the COVID19 pandemic, 96 million people have been pushed into extreme poverty, and 47million of them are women. It goes without saying that the industries hardest hit by COVID-19, such as food service, retail, and entertainment, are predominately done by women.

In Uganda, women have braved the COVID19 storm, taken up the leadership mantle at various levels and eked out a living.

Building on this resilience, The Kingdom sought to encourage women’s innovation and perseverance by rewarding the most innovative Ssaza (county). To this end the United Nations Development Programme and The Nnabagereka Development Foundation awarded Buleemezi with a token of one million (1,000,000) Uganda shillings.