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.
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.
7th April is world health day and this year the day has been committed to raising awareness about diabetes which is on the increase all over the world. This year’s theme is “Beat Diabetes”
The burden of diabetes on women is unique and hard because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children.
Diabetes can cause difficulties during pregnancy such as a miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects. Women with diabetes are also more likely to have a heart attack, and at a younger age, than women without diabetes.
During pregnancy – usually around the 24th week – many women develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn't mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose the main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy.
Because gestational diabetes can hurt you and your baby, you need to start treatment quickly.
Treatment for gestational diabetes aims to keep blood glucose. The food you eat gets digested and broken down into a sugar your body's cells can use. This glucose is one of the simplest forms of sugar levels equal to those of pregnant women who don't have gestational diabetes.
Treatment for gestational diabetes always includes special meal plans and scheduled physical activity. It may also include daily blood glucose the main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy. When the body cannot make enough insulin, it is taken by injection or through use of an insulin pump X injection.
Sticking with your treatment for gestational diabetes will give you a healthy pregnancy and birth and may help your baby avoid future poor health.