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Young Women Activists to Petition Kadaga Against External Labor Agencies

Young women in Uganda have threatened to petition the Parliament of Uganda through the Speaker Hon.Rebecca Kadaga against external labor agencies.

According to the group, there has been a lot of human trafficking by some of the external labor companies who promise to take Ugandan youth especially young girls to work abroad only to be turned as sex workers.

They are normally mistreated and above all denied their documents on reaching their work destinations. This mostly happens in the Arab countries in the Middle East.

Speaking during at the 64th Young leaders training in alternative and transformative leadership camp held at Kyoto Retreat Centre in Namugongo, Hon.Monica Amoding, MP Kumi District lauded Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) in doing a powerful job of impacting lives in Young Women.

Amoding said it is such a pity that external labor companies take advantage of young employed girls and end taking them as sex workers in Arab Countries.

Hon.Monica Amoding,MP Kumi District speaking at the event.

She welcomed the group’s idea of petitioning Parliament against external labor recruitment companies, saying she will fully support them in the struggle.

Amoding thanked FOWODE for the endeavors in organizing such powerful training camps that positively impact and transform their lives to become people of value, inspiration and purpose in the communities they live in.

She also revealed that it is because of FOWODE that shaped her to be the strongest Woman she is right now.

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Among others, these young women group want external labor recruitment agencies be denied advertisement spaces in the Media.

Some of the trainees at the event.

Speaking at the same event, Hellena Okiring, FOWODE board member told the trainees that it is important for them to take up the leadership role they have chosen to embark on and should know that it is actually a real journey full of challenges.

“To year’s trainees, it is important for you to know that your leadership journey is actually a journey, one with many challenges, much work and many processes involved ,but be sure there will be amazing values and effective results in the end.”

The training was organized FOWODE

One of the trainees Sheila Abaho shared her camp experience where she said she did not expect empowerment of such caliber which she got after the training.

“When I set out to apply for this Camp, it did not occur to me that I would be empowered like I have been empowered, my anxiety and the need to create change were like way up there.

Sheila Abaho(2n left),Ed FOWODE Patricia Munabi Babiiha(Centre) and other trainees posing for a photo after the closing ceremony

On the first day of the Camp, as we introduced ourselves to each other, the looks on our faces clearly showed that we were leaders who still lived in fear and confirmed by the Stereotypes our communities imparted on us as we were growing.”

Abaho said that, “But after the first lecture which was about the History of Uganda, I was challenged to go and study my roots for instance often times I am dismissed as Rwandese but I am not one for as far as I know.”

The trainees during a communications session with Ethan Mussolini

Abaho’s experience at the FOWODE camp she said activated her subconscious views about what she thought a leader had to be like.

“It wasn’t that I thought one had to be male to be a leader but I didn’t think that one could be able to change the world without formal authority.”

The annual FOWODE Camps are aimed at building young leaders that have a vision and commitment to gender equality, social justice and social transformation; Train the youth to critically assess local and global challenges and work independently in finding solutions for them.

This year’s camp saw 46 girls from Amuria, Luwero,Gulu, Kabale, Kampala, Lira, Adjumani, Soroti,Masindi,Waliwo,Kamuli,Buyende, Rukungiri,Jinja, Kole, Kwania, Arua, Kabarole, Ishaka, Hoima and Mbarara attend and complete the training.

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