Uganda is a predominantly patriarchal society which prevents girls from taking the lead in their lives and communities, as well as exercising their rights.
Economic, social, political and cultural power is generally held by men, limiting the influence girls can have in decision-making.
To challenge the status quo and push for change, boys and men need to realise the potential of girls and recognise the benefits of gender equality.
In many Ugandan communities, when girls are born, their families are said to have got ‘sugar’, meaning she will be exchanged for property in the future. However, when a boy is born, he is celebrated as the heir of the family and held in high esteem.
In many homes, girls are expected to carry out many of the domestic chores and are more likely than boys to be pulled out of school due to the assumption they will be married off.
As a result, girls’ lives are impacted, and they have fewer opportunities to benefit from education, leadership and economic empowerment.
Therefore, girls want to be equal because they are tired of being abused, discriminated, stereotyped and marginalised. They want to equally contribute to and benefit from society.