International Women’s Day: The Power of One Woman

Today is an important day around the world: It’s International Women’s Day! You might not know this but in many countries around the world this day is so important that it is a National Holiday and the goal is to stop and reflect as well as pay homage to the contributions of women around the world. One such country is Uganda where I originally come from. Uganda isn’t known for doing many things well, but on this Day it must be celebrated for marking this important day as a national holiday. But they go further. They actually give out a National Medal of honor to a particular woman who has exhibited exemplary work empowering women all over the nation.
So guess who won this noble award on this propitious today? None other than my mother Ms. Miriam Kayongo! She was among the first women to create the Uganda Women’s Secretariat which was responsible for elevating the needs of women on the national stage. To do that, Ms. Kayongo spent years traversing the Country educating and mobilizing women into micro finance, girl’s education, fighting against sexual harassment and getting women elected into cabinet positions and leadership both in government and elsewhere.
This is one example of the power of one woman to change the lives of not just women but also their households. Today Uganda is better because of Ms. Kayongo’ s redoubtable work and I am very proud of my Mummy!!! Happy International Women’s day to you all and I hope some of you can also share your mother’s contributions to society and elsewhere.
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  • Carolyn D. Wyatt, Ed.D.

    Derrick, This is a singular, important recognition of one woman’s (your Mummy’s) choice to change the world! I am delighted that you could take this opportunity to inform all of us of her great work. I am sure she is as proud of you as you are of her for your mutual achievements.

  • Dorothy Toth Beasley

    Thank you for noticing and bringing this important day and celebration to the attention of all the Center’s members! I think I saw you at the WACA breakfast, where about 300 people gathered to honor women’s contributions and learn more about what is being done. You Mummy led the way in Uganda, and you are doing so here. Please thank her for us. I hope one day my dear friend and “sister” Solomy Bossa, just sworn in as a judge of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will be selected for the Uganda National Honor. And I’d like to bring to the Center the 5 LLM candidate students at Emory Law School from 5 different countries, who were at the WACA breakfast.

  • carla belcher thompson

    Congratulations to you and your mother! I am smiling harder than both of you!

  • SrMaryTerzo

    thanks so much for this example!

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