My name is Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi and i come from Kampala, Uganda. I am the first born ina family of six children. growing up as a young girl i was very confident and a very playful child. I actually dont know how my nunrsery and primary teachers managed to handle me.
My life took a drastic turn in 1997 on the 16th of May when my father was murdered in cold blood. He was a very famous rally driver. The murder scene was tampered with and as a result a commission into inquiry was set up and his case was one of the cases that was discussed. However to date the recommedations in the report have never been implemented.
As a young girl i always told my dad that i wanted to be a medical doctor and a musician at the same time, thats how playful i was. But when i lost my dad i deceided to become a lawyer. Through out law school i realised i was not as audible as my colleagues. I enjoyed reading the cases and doing reserach. After lawschool i worked in various law firms but still i knew that there was something lacking in my life.
In 2009 after i got married my drop dead gorgeous husband, i got a job with a national Non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights of marginalized workers. I reaslied that this was my calling in life. Helping and representing marginalized communities. However i realised that there is so much work that needs to be done with these communities espcially when with the women and girls.
Women are still margalinalized and yet they are the backbone of tha family. In Buikwe district where we are based and doing our famring i have met with many women who face gender based violence and girls who have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees and as a result have married at a very early age.
The biggest challenge that i face with this community is that the women beleive that is the way life is and they are not willing to change their mind set.
I am trying to have talks and trainings with these women so that they are able to understand and appreciate the impoatance of girl child education as well as the importanc eof economic empowerment.
These women are engaged in agricultural activitis but they are doing this mostly for subsistence. Through these trainings we would like to educate these women that if they come together as a group they can form an assoication where they are able to do commerical farming and we link them to the relevant markets where they get good prices for their produce.
I have found that the internet is very resouceful and most of the information and networks that i build i find on the internet. I beleive that i will be able to improve the lives of the people in my community with the help of internet.