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As a little girl growing up in Karamoja, Uganda where livelihood depends on pastoralism and girls are thought to be only good for bride price, education is the least of priorities for most girl children. Educating a girl is seen as a waste of resources. Education for me, then, becomes more of a tool of inspiration to other girls and women in my community rather than a personal endeavor.
In 2001, I decided to create an indigenous women’s organization called the Women Environmental Conservation project. I started this initiative with some other women after understanding and knowing what problems truly faced our community as indigenous women. These problems ranged from environmental to economic. We were able to initiate women’s income generating activities, tackle human rights issues such as girl-child education, women’s decision making and participation and health related issues such as HIV-AIDS , to mention but a few.
My indigenous organization has a membership of 200 rural women. Most our activities are voluntary and we have had no external support to enable us fulfill our dreams as indigenous women.
I have served in various capacities and gained wealth of experience such:
-permanent forum as an African indigenous representative
-Back at home has been one of national leaders of as indigenous issues
-Coordinator of Women Environmental Conservation Project (WECOP).
My qualifications are:
- Masters in human rights and development
- Degree in conflict resolution
- Diploma in Teacher Education
- I have other certificate trainings in the field of indigenous peoples -ILO -Turin.