Amid the commemoration of the international women’s day, we have brought you different women who have involved in hard work and proved they are hard workers, confident, brave and determined.
UPDF armored female tank drivers
The Uganda people’s Defense force female armored tank drivers including Lance Corporal Rita Ayebare, Alice Ochom have shared their experience in their carrier.
Ayebare has informed us that she joined the army when she was 21 years old and decided to join a group of army men who were driving armored tanks which are used to shoot ammunition during the war.
She was trained for a full year and she started driving these tanks up to now when she has 45 years of age
Alice Ochom says that they face some challenges while driving these tanks since they cannot be much energetic like men but they are confident.
We have also landed on women bouncers who have earned a living from guarding people and bars Hanifer Namuddu Kabejja, Ronah Nakabuye told our reporter that they have spent more than 10 years in this job and they maintain physical exercise in gym, swimming, and training to sustain their currier
They say that they cannot starve nor fail to pay their children’s school fees because they earn some good money from this job.
Rona Nakabuye, says that despite she is a hairdresser, she decided to join this job and has managed to buy herself a plot of land.
They also emphasize that being bodyguards does not mean that they don’t have husbands whom they respect much as women.
However, they are always challenged by customers who accuse them over theft intending to weaken them
Women on Air Traffic control
Furthermore, women also took over air traffic control on Women’s International Day at Entebbe International Airport who directed the aircraft on the ground and controlled air space to provide advisory services in non-controlled airspace.
The Deputy Managing Director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Fred K. Bamwesigye, said that they wanted to display the strides made in the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of science, technology, and engineering.
“CAA has over the years trained and encouraged a number of female staff in professionalism, capacity, as well as the dedication and, have become national and international experts in the various fields of air navigation and civil aviation,” Bamwesigye said.
He said that historically, the aviation industry has attracted fewer women and their entry to the industry dates only as far back as the World War II, when they joined the ranks as Air Traffic Controllers and Aircraft communicators to replace men who have joined the war effort.
“At CAA, we have a ratio of 33:67 women to men in various offices. However, we have a total of 42 women in Air Traffic Control Department. Therefore, I encourage more women not to sit on their professions thinking that this job is only for men,” he said.
He said that they are planning to recruit more women in this sector because jobs have increasingly created
Prossie Zalwango, a Supervisor of Air Traffic Controllers said: “I am proud of my job because some of us women can do even better than men only that we think that this type of work has to be done by men.’’
She said that the main goal of an Air traffic Controller is to promote safety, efficiency and regularity in International Air Navigation and to assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of air traffic control.
Zalwango said that the margin for error in the profession is zero and this gives air traffic controller’s responsibility to scrutinize situations constantly and operate with accuracy.
Caroline Nansamba another employee in the same field said that women can actuary perfect this job since it calls for much attention and care.
However, women say that they also face a challenge of not being easy to get employed in this sector as a woman.