Hi. Hello. It’s been a minute since our last post but we are back, here to stay and ready to catch up!
We have a number of exciting projects that we can’t wait to share but first, what we have been up to:
Personal Safety Workshop in Kasese
In June, FitcliqueAfrica, in partnership with ACODEV and Attacked Not Defeated, held its first personal safety workshop out of Kampala.
We traveled to Kasese where we had an interactive personal safety/ self defense session with 31 sex workers in the Congo border town of Mpondwe-Lhubiriha .
The aim of the workshop was to mine information about the kind of self defense the women wanted, demonstrate the use of an alarm and to teach self defense maneuvers, particularly small circle jiujitsu which is simple when you master it, sneaky and horrible for whoever is on the receiving end.
June also brought along the launch of Crevit Miulier, a women’s membership networking society for young people. Naturally, we were only too glad to accept the invite. We also got the chance to facilitate on the following topics at the event: fearless entrepreneurship, self love and body ownership.
Nkozi Alumni Association 10th Association
We then headed South to Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) in Nkozi where we taught an Aerobics and Yoga class. Fun times.
Holistic Rehabilitation Project
The Holistic Rehabilitation Project is our newest baby project and we are fiercely passionate about it. Through this project, we hope to engage, inspire and positively influence individuals in Uganda’s prison system.
It was successfully launched in August via a 3 day workshop at Luzira Women’s Prison that included aerobics and dance class, yoga and classes on financial management, legal clinic and transition from the prison system to the outside world.
The project was launched in partnership with Tumaini, Success Chapter Uganda, Mandela YALI Fellowship and US Mission to Uganda, and was facilitated by FitcliqueAfrica CEO Mildred Apenyo, Barefoot Lawyers Uganda’s Otim Isaac, Finance expert Diana Nalwoga, Creative advocate and yoga instructor Ife Piankhi, Fitness instructor Robert Ddamulira and UCU law student and ex-prison inmate Ronald Tumwesigye.
Go Girl Conference
The Go Girl Conference was yet another opportunity to work with young girls. We were part of a powerful line-up at the Go Girl conference which aimed to empower girls with life, social and leadership skills . Our manager, Shanyne, led an interactive talk about emotional self defense.
It was such a privilege to be a part of Bodies Unbound. We facilitated sessions on: Beauty and Adornment (Who sets beauty standards/what is considered beautiful), African feminists, and Self Defense.
Bodies Unbound was a one week mentorship and empowerment conference for young girls from six African countries which took place in Kampala in August.
According to MamaCash, the sponsor of the event, the conference’s intention was for,“the girls to learn, train, grow, network and strategise together – strengthening the next generation of feminist activists”.
“At its most simple, the girls will change Africa. They will do that because they know what they want and they will go for what they want. When others see that, their worlds will also change. It is important that it is girls from different parts of Africa, because it is about changing Africa,” Happy Mwende Kinyili, a senior programme officer at Mama Cash, perfectly summarized the goal of the conference.
Mifumi Sure Start Camp for Girls
Next up, we headed to Tororo for Mifumi’s Sure Start Camp which aims to mentor young girls to take on leadership roles, build confidence, and equip them with self defence skills.
At Sure Start, we led classes about patriarchy, sisterhood and design thinking.
Feminist Leadership Training
At the Memprow organised Feminist Leadership Training, we got the opportunity to facilitate classes about bodies, power and sex.