The 12 Faces of a Ugandan Woman

Ugandan woman who wants to be beautiful and at peace with nature. Photo by Spencer Montero and used with permission.

On International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, This is Uganda ran a campaign to showcase the various faces of a Ugandan woman. Using the hashtag #SheRunsUg, they showcased 87 pictures that provided an insight into the way Ugandan women live their daily lives.

This is Uganda is a platform of talented writers from Uganda who are determined to tell stories about Uganda and for Ugandans aimed at demystifying global stereotypes that obscure the country's story.

According to a 2014 census by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, women constituted 51% of the overall national population while men constituted less than half of the total working population.

Here are some of the pictures that were showcased on Twitter to celebrate Uganda's women.

The daily hassles:

Those that defy stereotypes:

The woman in the health sector:

The current speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. She broke the glass ceiling when she became Uganda's first female Speaker of Parliament in May 2011.

Phionah Mutesi, who was born in one of Uganda's largest slums, rose to be Uganda's number one chess champion. Her story  is the subject of the Hollywood movie The Queen of Katwe.

The teacher:

The mother:

The police officer:

The individualist:

The natural beauty:

And finally the woman that raises the Ugandan flag up high:

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