Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed; Will it give a birth to a new era?

All know of the young Royal Prince’s wedding with the Afro-American movie star, Meghan Markle. This big day of tying the knots dawned on 19 May 2018, with the bells chiming at the Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The New York Times noted this as ‘nudging the British royal family into a new era’. Continuing, the NYT highlighted the beginning of an era by reporting ‘that Ms. Markle, who has long identified herself as a feminist, entered St. George’s Chapel alone rather than being given away by her father or any other man, a departure from tradition that in itself sent a message to the world’.  Prior to and during the wedding most of the discussions were either on the skin colour of Meghan and her family history, her divorce from the previous marriage, her acting career, or the expenses of the wedding.  Some news talked about the skin colour of guests who would be attending the wedding ceremony – friends and family of Markle.

Teaching the Unlearnt Lessons

Just one week before the 1st of May: the International Worker’s Day, Hindu teachers of Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College in Trincomalee District, made a protest against the violence behavior of husbands of some teachers of the same school.

Girls not brides; yet Yes, they are

“I am 20 years old and this is my second baby, my prince.”

Jhumki, was returning to her home carrying her new born son from her maternal house. She smiled with desperation while continuing her story. “I got married when I was 16; I had wanted to study, but my grandmother was old and wanted to see me married soon; it was her last wish she said to me. So I agreed. I married to fulfill my grandmother’s wish before her death. But then I had to kill my wish.”

Jhumki’s innocent eyes stayed on my face with a question. “What about you?” She was surprised to learn that I was nearing my thirties and still had not married. “You are so much elder than me, and still unmarried; didn’t anyone you into marriage? I can’t imagine that you are still allowed to study and work too.” Jhumki’s words were strong, and yet it was filled with remorse and grief.

“I had wanted to become a teacher, but all my dreams were in vain. My parents stopped me from school when I was in grade 6; and see me now; I am mothering two children.”

Women Farmers of Uganda

Esther inherited a huge area of land from her father. But after marriage, her husband took over most of it, and decided what is to be produced in there

I was happy with what I was doing in my land. The yams and fruits were feeding us; it also earned me an income – quite a good one I must say” lamented thirty-one year old Esther Wanjala who feels a burden on herself now. “My man was determined to make big money through tobacco. How is that going to feed my children and their children in the future?”

In Uganda, out of the 41 million people, 36 million live in the rural. The rural areas of Uganda witness poverty and the rural dwellers rely on agriculture as their main source of income. In these areas about 22% of the population, live below the national poverty line. And even with a 66% of employment received through farming, food is scarce and insecure in the land. Food insecurity has become a major issue in Uganda.