On 8th March, KRC Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Women's Day (IWD), a day marked to honour the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Since its inception, the day is a flagship of the women's rights movement, bringing attention to issues antagonistic to gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

KRC Uganda, aid workers, CSO partners and local governments commemorated the day in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Kyegegwa District, on the theme, “Gender equality today for sustainable development. Recognizing the contribution of women in climate change mitigation adaptation and response in Uganda.”

As KRC Uganda, our work on cooking energy solutions and food systems transformation was a major highlight of the day, aimed at drawing attention to contribution of women in responding to the climate change crisis. In the struggle to find efficient cooking energy and bring adequate and nutritious food to the table, women face enormous struggles. For this reason, KRC Uganda and partners work on sustainable solutions to alleviate the hardships women face.

KRC conducted a food demonstration in collaboration with ADRA Uganda where participants at the commemoration were encouraged to eat a diverse diet obtained from all the classes of food for better nutrition. KRC showcased a cooking demonstration using heat retention baskets, as one of the most affordable energy-saving technologies appropriate for energy poor households. Heat retention baskets also provide a clean method of cooking, reduce excessive use of wood fuel, reduce pressure of forests, and allow time for mothers to attend to other domestic chores. In natural resource dependent communities, access to affordable and efficient cooking energy protect women from sexual gender-based violence (SGBV), cooking pollution and reduces domestic workload. In Byabakora Zone of Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, KRC Uganda has been able to train 45(12 Male: 33 Female) care group volunteers in the making of heat retention baskets.

Read the official International Women Day message from the Executive Director

 

 

 

Title: Commemorating Women’s Day 2022. Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Author: By Maria Goretti Kabugho, Nutritionist, KRC Uganda

Category: KRC Newsletter

Publish Date: 2022-03-30

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