There was much excitement on March 22nd when Lwengo District held an event to celebrate International Women's Day. It was a chance for local women to get together, share idea, discuss issues, enjoy each others company, but most importantly, celebrate being women of the world! The event gave women from across the district the opportunity to showcase many of the wonderful things which are being achieved by women in the area.
The Suubi Centre exhibit was one of the highlights of the event, with people from across the district coming to check out the different things they can get involved with at the centre. The Suubi ladies did an excellent job of sharing some of the many skills they have learnt while attending the centre. They displayed their sewing and knitting skills which included schools uniforms and jumpers, jewellery made from recycled paper, woven crafts made from palm leaves and they also sold dried mushrooms which they had grown.
It is hard to believe that just a few short years ago, none of the Suubi ladies would have had the opportunity to participate in such an event, so it is very exciting to watch as they grow in confidence with each outing.
The Suubi Ladies exhibited a variety of items and skills which they have learnt from attending training sessions and classes at Suubi Centre.
The Suubi Ladies enthusiastically participated by dancing with some of the official party which attended the event.
The Suubi medical team also took the opportunity to get involved on the day. With so many of the wider community attending the event, it was and ideal time to create more awareness about what services are available at Suubi. Erias, our lab technician, carried out HIV/AIDS and malaria tests, blood pressure testing and also offered free ear cleaning. These services attracted many people to the Suubi stall, which we hope will encourage them to come to the Suubi Clinic if they have a need in the future.
Erias takes the blood pressure of one of the ladies attending the event.
There was a steady stream of people lined up to take advantage of the blood tests that were available on the day.
With this being the second year that Suubi has been part of Lwengo District's International Womens Day event, we can only see the 2013 event being even bigger and better. We look forward to it!