Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gender Discrimination in Uganda

It was quite the eye opener when I finally came to grips with some people's beliefs that I was a girl.  I had never thought of myself as a girl.  My father always called me Leah.  My mother always called me Malitsa.  My brothers beat the shit out of me.  I beat the crap out of them at school.  So everything was rather fair because everyone got punished for what they were weak at.  Then imagine one day, you wake up and realise that you are a girl.

As much as this might hurt some people, that realisation hit me when I immigrated to Canada.  In Uganda, our father (notice, father, not mother, because mothers then had hardly any voice) wanted all his daughters to be men.  I think actually the girls could climb the trees better than the boys anyway.  We always played the rope pulling thing, girls on one side, boys on the other side.  The girls always won.  Do you think we knew that we won because boys lost concentration?  Well...okule obone.

So in Canada, I learn about Social Justice.  Women tend to get paid less than men.  Women tend to work harder than men.  Women tend to lose promotions and great opportunities when they get pregnant of have a baby or decide to look after a baby instead of remaining childless. I was like...oh...this is great, let me have a few of those little people.  And I did, no regrets whatsoever.  Note to managers, if an employee walks into your office trembling to announce to you that they are expecting a baby, your answer should not be "I thought you were stopping after the first one".  We have a very tough Human Rights Tribunal so you could get sued.  Anyway, this was not my case but do remember I am a community volunteer and I get many stories.  If a man tells you they are taking time off work to care for their child or parent, you do not reply "why does the wife not do that"?----- because that wife might also have a career and this man might be the best person to take care of his parents.  I watched this myself, Weboya was the best person to take care of our father and that young man dropped out of school to just care for his dad.  Should he even have been judged, neda...  Uganda does not even have credible Human Rights Protection but our brother managed to get a descent life after our father had passed on.  The world saw the compassion and care in our brother and we have never forgotten his sacrifice.  So when you tell a woman to stop having children or caring for their children, you make a very big mistake.

Generally in most developed countries, there are very right regulations about people's rights.  And these work rather well actually depending on which side of the fence you are on and I am always on the side of facts. Unfortunately, some of these same countries give far too much free money to your dictators, despots, thieves and women haters. Think about this one very clearly.  If you are going to disagree with my opinions, you will do so with references.  Show me the biggest donor to India (child rape and hanging the raped girls is not a big issue), Pakistan (stoning a pregnant woman in front of the main court house because she decided to go with whom she loved, non issue), Aboriginal women in Canada who vanish and never get found, non issue, Child trafficking in Uganda, non issue., selling young girls into sex trade in West Africa, non issue, child labourers in China, non issue.-----  Return with the facts to prove to me that the world does not treat girls and women as inferior objects of trade or gratification.

For God and My Country
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying  I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book.  All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation. 
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By Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)

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