On Saturday the 8th of March we held our annual International Women’s Day celebrations in Kampala. Approximately 200 women attended the event and all but one of our KCK women’s groups were represented. A great day was had by all who attended. A marching band opened the celebration with the Ugandan national anthem, followed by a cake-making demonstration from Afaayo Women’s Group, and performances from the KCK children’s choir and the gospel singer Ms. Gladys Mirembe. The Aids Support Organisation of Uganda (TASO) carried out free general medical check-ups and HIV testing for all the women, and also entertained everyone with an educational drama about how the HIV/AIDS epidemic can be stopped.
In the afternoon one of our women's initiative members, Mrs. Kaleeb Nankya, spoke about her experiences of being helped by KCK. She explained how she is now able to provide for her family thanks to the help of KCK Women’s Initiatives and encouraged other women to be self-sustainable through micro businesses such as craft making. The day also gave women a chance to display their craft products and sell some to those who attended. Many other women also had the opportunity to share their stories and encourage each other with the main theme of the day being self-sustainability leading to women now able to provide for their families and contribute to Uganda’s economic development.
The whole event was a huge success with women empowering and encouraging each other to be powerful and productive in their society and sharing their testimonies of rising out of poverty together. The event also included a delicious lunch for everyone who attended which was enjoyed and appreciated by all.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our KCK volunteers and staff who organised and facilitated the event and to the guest speakers and performers who came to share this day with us. We would also like to say a big thank you to all who supported the event financially. And finally, thank you to TASO Uganda for providing free general medical check ups and HIV testing for all those who attended.