Breastfeeding plays a very crucial role in the proper growth, health and development of babies and mothers. Whereas the Ugandan government is at the forefront of creating breastfeeding corners for mothers so as to support proper early childhood development the global Breastfeeding Scorecard reported that only 40% of children under 6 months are fed on only breast milk. Studies indicate that breastfeeding not only helps in the growth and development of babies’ immunity but also helps in the mother’s physical and emotional growth and relationship with her baby. Breastmilk works like a baby’s first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases which ensures all nourishments they need to survive and thrive.Therefore, all mothers are encouraged to spare time off their busy schedules to breastfeed their babies.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), full or exclusive breast feeding should at least happen for the first six months and then the continuation of breastfeeding along with complementary foods for 2 years or longer. It is important for mothers to note that any amount of breast milk given to their children is beneficial not only with the nutritional value but also contains antibodies and other immune properties that no one would ever wish for their child to miss. Its therefore essential to adhere to exclusive breast feeding coupled with good hygiene before, during and after breastfeeding babies.
This week, as the world celebrates the breastfeeding week,
NAWAD raises her voice to the wider public to create safe environments and spaces both at public and work places where breastfeeding mothers can freely and comfortably breastfeed their babies.
Men should also take up the influential role of encouraging mothers to breast feed their babies.
This year, National Association for Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD) has been privileged to be one of the organizations that supported the implementation of the global Agenda 2030. With the objective of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, NAWAD in partnership with Action for Rural Women Empowerment (ARUWE) and with support from Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) aimed at building the capacity of women’s civil society organizations towards achieving the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement. This was done by facilitating women to engage in development and government policy processes through networking and movement building under the theme “Women Building Power for Gender Equality and Environmental Justice.” This project targeted women groups at the grass root and thus was implemented in Nyabuhama, Biharwe sub-county in Mbarara district.
Among the activities for the project, NAWAD organized a meeting with the community women that resulted into the formulation of a women led movement group whose committee was elected for and a position formulated, As if that was not enough, NAWAD went ahead and organized for another meeting that connected the members to their leaders at sub-county level with whom the women can always interface with for support and knowledge on matters that affect them. The women went ahead and formulated a constitution to govern them and agreed to at least meet every Tuesday for development. According to us, this was milestone moved in achieving our goal as an organization.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN ACTION IN DEVELOPMENT this year 2019 joins the rest of the world to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019. This day is held on March 8th every year. It's a day when we celebrate the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women - while also campaigning for greater progress towards gender equality.
The theme for International Women's Day (8 March) this year is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, which puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.
In partnership with local women groups and local leaders NAWAD has organized for a community women dialogue in the Western Uganda basically to discuss plans to strengthen the eco feminist movement among NAWAD women groups. The dialogue is also intended to demonstrate how valuable women are to the economy.
We will spend the whole afternoon reflecting on women's issues and most importantly the value of women coming together and working together for development.
Women will take this opportunity also to discuss on ways of becoming more innovating as means to fight poverty in their communities.