History shows that women can compete favourably in professional sports as men if they are accorded the same means of preparation. Women continuously prove that they don’t have to act masculine to prove their strength.
Sports women in Uganda face a lot of challenges like limited finances, weak support system and little exposure when pursuing professional careers. It is just a few brave ones who rise to the occasion, hold their heads high and become role models to the younger generations.
The likes of Susan Muwonge (Super Lady) have been a testament and an inspiration to many women having competed in motor rallying, a sport which is predominantly male. She has proved that “you must not have to play masculine to be a strong woman” after becoming the first and only lady to win a national rally championship in the world.
After 33 years without Uganda winning a medal at the world championship, Dorcus Inzikuru won gold in the inaugural steeplechase 3000m run at the 10th World Championship in Athletics held at the Olympic stadium in Helsinki in 2005, Finland.
Other women in sports include Peace Proscovia who plays for Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia and was captain for the She Cranes during the Netball World Cup in 2015 and 2019 and Hasifah Nassuna who is the most decorated female football player in the women super league.
The She Cranes brilliance in the Netball World cup highlighted the need for the government to equally distribute resources amongst sports disciplines.
Since 2014, Beyond Sports Foundation has embarked on a journey to invest in organizations that front sport as a way of achieving gender equality and women empowerment while Soccer without Borders is a leader in advancing gender equality on the pitch, sidelines, and organizations.
The Jean Sseninde foundation was established to empower the girl child in skills, training and healthy living and has been an inspiration to most of the upcoming stars.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge”. This shows that a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge we can receive changes in the world sport.