Today's presentation was absolutely inspirational and really enlightening. We were greeted by His Worship, Judge David Batema, who spoke to us about gender issues that exist in Uganda. His Worship graduated from Makerere University Law School where he learned and determined that Uganda's laws are "male". The laws are made to cater toward men, their ideals, wants, and perspectives. Mr. Batema knew gender equality was a problem and that is when he began to preach about equality and became a magistrate.
This presentation was so uplifting, and the way he connected gender equality to the Bible, the government, and different cultures. Therefore, I believe that everyone was able to take something away from what His Worship preached about. It was personally hard to hear those stories that he told us about the differences between the way men and women are convicted in violent domestic and sexual acts. I am interested to hear how all of you feel about marriage. Do you believe when two people get married that one person has a property right over the other?
I found it kind of sad that it was not until 1995 that Uganda established, what I feel is a flawed law, saying that men and women are to be treated as equal. I liked the way His Worship said that, "the struggle for women's rights is not between women and men, but a struggle for justice and human rights." It is going to take a lot of time, patience, and as Mr. Batema said an attitude change, to see a change in how people perceive gender equality in Uganda. I really could go on for days about how much I appreciated and all that I learned from "Sister Batema's" presentation. It was so inspirational that I would love hear more from His Worship and the progress Uganda makes toward gender equality.
How did you feel about His Worship's presentation? How did you feel about the reactions of the MUBS students to the presentation? Do you feel that gender equality has an impact on sustainable development?