Aiming to Defeat Exploitation

I made it to Mbarara just less than 2 weeks ago.  For anyone who doesn’t know or remember, my project is a women’s empowerment project consisting of expanding financially sound bakeries in rural Uganda by launching new bakeries and/ or the expansion of products produced.  This involves recruiting and hiring women, training them on basic mathematics, calculator skills and the baking processes, and maintaining a financial system that will track costs, revenues and profits.

The program that I am working with has four main goals.  As quoted by Ravi Mishra in his 1st 2015 blog they are:

“To facilitate:  1) Preventive health measures, 2) Social and emotional learning curriculum, 3) Female led business enterprise, 4) Peer support activities. Through these components the program aims to build youth capacity emotionally, socially and financially as well as to reduce the prevalence of various types of sexual coercion and risk of HIV infection in the process.

Cross-generational sex (CGS)—or “Big Man” syndrome—is a pattern of sexual behavior between adolescent girls and much older men that brings increased health risks and consequences to young women.  In most cases of CGS, the women are aged 15 to 19 and unmarried, but girls as young as 10 years of age have been reported to be targets.  This is a malpractice and is devoiding girls of their basic rights and justice.

Eminyeeto aims to prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation inflicted upon girls and young women through this CGS in Uganda as well significantly make the girls more self-sufficient in terms of having equality, dignity and self-respect.”

There are 52 languages in Uganda.  Eminyeeto means “youth” in the rural villages of Ruhiira and Kabuyanda.  Overall, however, English is the common language spoken by many Ugandans.DSCN3187.JPGDSCN3238.JPGDSCN3205.JPG