At SCOEN and many other like-minded organizations, our focus is primarily on gender equity issues for the girl child. While Uganda for Her and other organizations continue to work tirelessly to support the girl child and give her equal access to education and opportunities, it is also important to keep in mind the other half of the population who are vital to make gender equality a reality. We must continue to work to ensure that men and boys are educated and supportive of the importance of gender equality.
Gender equality is not only important for the well-being of women and girls, but it is also an important component in the development of a country and economy. As stated by the United Nations Development Programme, “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a precondition for sustainable development.”
For a country like Uganda, gender equality is especially crucial. In the process of working towards gender equality, we see more women attending school and entering the workforce. The support of men and boys in these efforts ensures that the efforts of women can be sustained. At SCOEN, we emphasize the importance for the boys in our sexual and reproductive health workshops to learn and be informed about women’s sexual and reproductive health. We stress the importance of removing the stigma that many girls face regarding their periods by normalizing periods and pads to the boys in our workshops. We believe that including boys in the conversation about menstruation and gender equality helps to ensure that progress is made. Dismissing the taboo and stigma of women’s sexual and reproductive health is an important step in the journey to gender equality in Uganda, and around the world.