A Frenzied yet Successful and Joyous Women’s Day

A Frenzied yet Successful and Joyous Women’s Day
5th April 2018

One of my favourite photos of the day – girls championing #pressforprogress and other elevating messages about girls for International Women’s Day


The celebratory International Women’s Day event at WIL Uganda was the highlight of the month, and a day that will have continuing ripple effect in the town of Busembatia. My task during the event was to photograph and record everything that was happening, and I was excited to create social media content from the people and activities I would capture that day.


The day started smoothly as I went to pick up girls from Standard High School and we chatted and laughed along the way to the office. The tent and the chairs were being set up as I started going around to photograph people arriving: women in their beautiful traditional dresses, the marching band tuning their instruments, and children from all over being drawn to the commotion we were creating in the community.


Then as the marching band began organizing to start the march, with my camera in hand, a screen popped on my camera: “memory full”. Panic set in as I realized my laptop to empty my camera on was at home – so I ran home to get my laptop and make space on my camera for the rest of the photos and videos to be taken that day. After running back and forth, having more technical difficulties with my laptop, and asking a friend from Canada help me fix the issues, I had already missed a big part of the marching down the street. Luckily after repairing my laptop issues, I was able to hop on a boda (motorbike) taxi and get to the marching band where everyone was walking. Thanks to team-work (team members photographing for me), and assistance from my colleagues, I was able to get right back to recording videos and photographing.


The rest of the day went very well and we were almost taken to tears with some of the speeches and presentations that were both inspiring in their messages to everyone and empowering for the women involved. We could really feel the conviction and strong beliefs that everyone held there about equality, participation, local involvement, and the importance of this day for the women in Busembatia. Although we were all sweating and exhausted from all the running around during the day, we were proud to call the event a success and we were pleased that the large size of the event attracted much attention and mobilization from all sorts of people in the community. I was also happy to find that some of the posts through our social media outlets had reached record numbers and that support and mobilization through the Internet was another by-product of the event. We hope the women and girls involved took from the day as much inspiration and high spirits that we did.


Written by Neda Shadbakht

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