June – Scene 2

Scene 2: School Girls Raise Their Voices

June Scene 2

A group of seven young women aged 14-16 performed a poem between the goal posts of the football pitch. Dressed in their uniforms from Walukuba West Primary School they presented a poem they had written in Luganda to voice their concerns to the older generation. Through this poem they appealed to their parents and their bassenga, asking not to be mistreated or forced into early marriages, entreating the older generation to allow them to “grow up well so that we could become bank managers, nurses and musicians.” They appealed against being given too much domestic work and asked to be allowed to go to school and complete their homework in order “to become the children you want us to be [and] useful to you the community and ourselves.”