Gender (in)equality | Teen Voices: Student Article

Gender (in)equality | Teen Voices: Student Article
20th March 2017

Ssesanga Nasser Shafatinho is a student participating in our Teen Voices programme for boys. In this programme, students learn to think about gender (in)equality, women’s empowerment and issues regarding this in their daily life. By writing articles, they learn to elaborate their thinking and reflect on their situation. Teen Voices articles are currently published on Teen Voices New York and FeministWednesday.

My mother was a Musoga from Luuka. She married a Muganda man from Mubende. And that man is my father. When he married my mother, my father already had two wives.

My father was a boat engine mechanic on a certain Island in Mayuge. I was born in 2004. My mother was a nurse on the same island. The time came when my father didn’t get enough money, and there were some prostitutes who were begging him for money. My mother became angry when my father stole my mother’s engine and sold it to build a house and put another wife in it.

My mother divorced him but it was not a serious divorce. She worked and worked and she got money. She bought many houses and bought a plot in Iganga and built a nice house there. However, because she was busy she didn’t have time to be in that house – so she found a wife who was also divorced and gave her that house without paying rent but just to clean it.

This story is about my mother’s death due to gender inequality

Only, the wife wanted to take full control of the house. But my mother didn’t know that. She was sending us to good schools, because for me, from my childhood my dream was to be a footballer, but outside of Africa. Although I don’t have a sponsor, I have a good talent and I wish I will be a good footballer and need help.

My mother was bewitched by the wife whom she helped and later died. My father is now poor. I am being helped by an uncle.

Fathers, take care of your roles.

by Ssesanga Nasser Shafatinho

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