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Share Ideas, Post Questions: What Will It Take for Gender Empowerment?

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With International Women's Day just around the corner, World Bank Live will host an interactive chat on gender and empowerment on March 6 at 11 a.m. EST (16:00 GMT).

A specialist panel — including World Bank Vice President of Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte, World Bank Director of Gender and Development Jeni Klugman, gender experts, and field researchers from around the world — will discuss how women and men overcome the challenges posed by gender norms.

The live chat will explore stories from virtual participants alongside stories from the latest World Bank gender report, "On Norms and Agency: Conversations with Women and Men in 20 Countries" to identify successful paths to empowerment for all.

While the chat doesn't officially begin until March 6, the panelists are already taking your questions — Share your ideas and post your questions now.

Related: Read our quick guide to International Women's Day featuring gender data, videos, a contest, and more.


In Uganda, 80% of the families are headed by single mothers. Most of them are uneducated and have no access to job opportunities. They resort to commercial sex to earn money to sustain their families. The earn less than a dollar per client and this money is not enough to provide atleast 2 meals a day. Since most of their clients are drunk addicts, they sometimes walk away without paying after getting the sex service from them. Commercial sex is illegal in Uganda so they can not be protected by the government. Most of these women's families house children of their own born by unknown fathers, children of relatives who died of HIV/AIDS. These children live in unfavorable environment where they are exposed to drunk addicts and commercial sex work is normally carried out in the single roomed house they share. AFFCAD has realised that empowering these ladies with enterprenuer skills and provision of start capital can help these children survive. We hope the profits earned from the small bussinesses they start can help provide 3 meals a day, buy clothing for the children and taking care of their medication. is also working hand in hand with different individual to sponsor the education of these children. We have also started a school in the slums of Bwaise which is currently providing free education to more than 200 children. Currently all our programs are managed by small contributions from our slum tour participants. We welcome any contribution and support to reach our goal of having a sustainable slum community.

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