Hear One Girl’s Story Of Overcoming The Challenges All Daughters Face In Uganda

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Growing up in Uganda, many girls face challenges. For example, girls will leave school because of menstruation. In homes, there are challenges because of gender. At home girls have to do the domestic work, they don’t have to go to school. They just get told they need to be married and do housework, and that affects their education. It hurts me so much when I see an African girl suffering that much.

I never knew anything about gender. I was pushed back in my family, I wasn’t participating in family decisions. I was shy, I never had self confidence. Engaging in technology has changed my life.

I wish every child would have a voice. Many kids are not listened to, are not respected. I would love girls to come and speak up.

Watch Josephine’s Full Interview:

Trisha Chang is a Peace Corps Volunteer and native San Franciscan. After two years as a Health sector Volunteer with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Trisha now serves at the Peace Corps office as a Cross-sectoral Programming Priorities Peace Corps Volunteer Leader; specializing in youth empowerment and gender equality.

Josephine, Girl Group Participant and Leader, is a 19 year-old student from Wakiso District, just outside of Kampala, Uganda. In October 2015, after many years participating in Peace Corps-supported girls’ empowerment clubs, Josephine decided to start her own community-based organization called YIELD “Youth in Empowerment and Leadership Development”. YIELD works through local schools to empower young people, like its founder, to better understand health issues like HIV/AIDs and malaria, as well as take on leadership roles in their community.

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