Girls Flourish in partnership with Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development UNWOMEN have today Thursday launched the annual Girl Child Awards program aimed at recognizing people and institutions that have impacted girls in Uganda.
The awards aim to identity, recognize and celebrate families, communities, civil society, government institutions, corporations and individuals that have transformed and done everything possible to improve the status of a girl child in Uganda into a woman of substance and influence
The inaugural awards will take place on the 11th of October 2019 at Kampala Serena Hotel, which will be the international day for the girl child.
Speaking at the official launch at the UNWOMEN offices in Kampala, Catherine Opondo, Director Programs, Girls Flourish said although there has been a lot of efforts by government of Uganda and the Civil society to improve the status of girls and women in Uganda, the girls are still facing challenges like school dropout, early marriages, sexual harassments among others which are still hindering girls from reaching their full potential
“In addition to recognizing policies, programs and individuals that have and are still doing a lot to better the status of girls, the awards will shade light to issues and challenges that girls are still facing” she said
Namuddu Hadijah, Senior officer Women in Development at Ministry of Gender said although the Gender Ministry is doing a lot to solve challenges facing women and girls, there is still need for combined efforts to ensure that the struggle to improve rights and freedoms of girls is sustained and impacts more girls in rural areas.
“We recognize that as the Ministry, we can do as much as we can but we believe the civil society and developments can help government in fulfilling its agenda for girls and women. We are proud to be partners in these awards and pledge to continue supporting any programs that up life the wellbeing of girls and women in Uganda,” she said
The awards will be conducted by a group of judges including Lydia Namuli from FIDA Uganda, Eliot Orizaarwa from Women and Girl Child Development Association, Moses Kyateka, Founder Joy for Children, and Namuddu Hadijah from Ministry of Gender.
Speaking at the same event, Lydia Namuli, Chairperson FIDA Uganda, who will be the lead judge noted that the awards will mainly focus on 10 categories including innovation, governance, activism, sports, entertainment, media, literature, banking and finance, education, business and entrepreneurship
“We can promise that the process of selecting the nominees and winners will be methodological, transparent and participatory. I therefore encourage corporate companies and Ugandans at large to support this cause because the contribution that girls and women make and can make to the development is emerse if supported,” she said