Peace Corps Volunteer and Kasiisi Project Girls’ Health Program Coordinator, Katelyn Wigmore, took 2 Kasiisi Project Scholars, Gift Winnie and Nsemerirwe Priscillar to a 4 day workshop in Kampala held by Let Girls Lead and the Girls’ Voices Initiative , a first for Uganda. The goal – to make sure that young girls are included in both the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals which will be put into place in September at the United Nations general assembly.
Gift and Priscillar experienced showers and swimming pools for the first time and joined 36 other young girls from across Uganda to discuss current challenges for girls. At the end of the workshop the girls presented different solutions for what they considered the four most important issues affecting Ugandan girls (Education, Sexual Harassment, Early Pregnancy, and Early Marriage) to officials from UN Woman, UN AIDS and the Ugandan government.Katelyn said that seeing them stand up and confidently address a group of 50 people, the press included, was so inspiring she felt a little weepy. We are very proud of our girls and of the team in Uganda who have been instrumental in nurturing these self-assured young women, poised to become leaders and advocates for their peers. Gift and Priscillar returned to their communities with a commitment to each educate 20 other girls about leadership, advocacy, and the Girl Declaration and have already begun talking about the importance of girls’ issues in their
churches and community.
We thank Let Girls Lead, Uganda for including us.