A young girl learning how to use a sewing machine at Ruhanga Skills Development Centre

This is an interesting year from the point of view of International Development. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will end in September this year and a new set of development goals will be unveiled following years of debate as to what the new goals should look like As part of that debate we hosted a conversation in Kampala Uganda on International Women’d day 2014.  

The conference examined women’s ability to create jobs, the availability of jobs for young women and the challenges they face in their attempt to access jobs and what can be done to bridge the gaps and who needs to bridge the gaps.

The main findings from that conference were that women are disadvantaged by virtue of their gender. This often means that women have not had access to education, skills and personal resources that would enable them to create their own employment. It was noted too that some of the most vulnerable employment in the country is to be found in the informal sector and that women are overly exposed to vulnerable employment.

Following the end of that conference in Uganda we set out to address the lack of skills in Ruhanga by constructing a purpose built Skills Development Centre. As well as the Introduction to Computing Course we have introduced tailoring lessons for girls and young women who dropped out of the education system.

A key issue for young women is access to sanitation as well as menstrual hygiene. These two issues have implications for young women’s ability to remain within the education system.

home-made-sanitary-towels

We have therefore incorporated sanitary towel making in  the lessons on tailoring

As well as making sanitary towels for personal use, the girls will be able to sell towels to others in the community

In the photo the instructor is taking the girls through the steps of cutting fabric.

And this dear friends is our contribution to International Women’s Day 2015.
 
 
Let Them Help Themselves Out of Poverty is a UK registered charity which provides a platform to publicise and assist in fund raising for projects that are of benefit to rural communities in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Our current focus is in Ruhanga, a remote village in SW Uganda.