TASO was represented at the event by Clients and Staff from TASO Soroti Service Centre of Excellence, Advocacy Unit and Grants Management Unit at the Headquarters. The TASO procession team wore thematic Polos with the day’s theme imprinted at the back and also carried banners. At the match past, when TASO team reached the centre point and the Master of Ceremony announced the name TASO, the crowds made loud ululations to acknowledge the organisation. It was humbling for the team to feel well recognized at the national event and this could be attributed to the organization’s pioneering role in the HIV and AIDS response in Uganda. TASO has since inception remained a household name in the response in Uganda and beyond. The Dokolo event witnessed massive crowds that may have not been seen in any public gathering in the recent past. The locals endured the hot and dusty conditions as well as the tight security checks to attend the event which lasted almost the whole day.
This year’s women’s day was celebrated under the theme “Women’s Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. In his message to the nation, H.E. President Museveni reiterated areas of strategic investment the government has put in place for women empowerment and these include; education, health care, wealth creation, Women Entrepreneurship programmes. The President said that right from the onset of the National Resistance movement, they have championed zero discrimination against women and that is the reason women are now in key leadership positions in the country. He however noted that we still need to do more to completely integrate women’s rights in all aspects of development for us to succeed in transforming our country.
At the event venue, TASO conducted side quizzes on basic facts and information on HIV and AIDS and gave away IEC materials which included thematic polos, t-shirts, bandanas, fact sheets, brochures and booklets. These giveaways caused a lot of excitement among the communities who were overwhelming in their demand for the items. Priority in distribution of the items went to those who gave good answers during the quizzes, pregnant mothers or with babies, school girls and identified mentor mothers, peer counselors and village health teams. The provision of the giveaways was made possible with support from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria to whom TASO is greatly indebted for their partnership.