The public is invited to abandon cultural norms that marginalize gender

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CULTURE | WOMEN | DEVELOPMENT

JINJA- Care International Senior Adviser Aramazana Madada condemned cultures that marginalize gender, saying they should instead foster the development of society.

Madada pointed out that when planning for gender, some cultures prevent women and girls from holding discussions within communities, a move he says should end.

“Today, we still have cultural norms that affect gender, therefore, we need to build consensus to adjust some of them, hindering development,” Madada said.

He made the remark during a workshop on gender and justice for women and girls in the city of Jinja on Thursday August 18, 2022.

Madada said it is high time people who deal with gender create ways of harmonizing with the culture to have a win-win situation.

A representative sample of participants after a training on gender justice organized to promote the development of women and encourage girls. (All photos by Wilfred Sanya)

“This can be done by talking to individuals to adapt to those who have been trained. It is important to address issues that eliminate poverty from our communities,” Madada said.

He called for the transformation of structures that help fight discrimination and the inclusion of perpetual laws. He said this should include reinforcing current policies of norms and customs.

“We should erase outdated laws and norms that are no longer useful in our society, and instead maintain laws that promote gender equality in society,” Madada said.

Currently, CARE is working with midwives in over 105 sub-counties to train members of community structures to build advocacy capacity. This, according to officials, will cover sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence (GBV) services.

“We use extension workers and reorganize them in the area of ​​GBV and sexual and reproductive health, rights to enable them to acquire knowledge in their livelihood activities. This will jointly promote decision and harmony within the household for increased and sustained agricultural productivity,” Madada said.

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