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By UTN Reporter

Kampala - Revelers and clients visiting the premises of Shoprite Lugogo where taken by surprise to find a rare character working as a security guard at the main entrance.

Many did not notice the presence of Mrs Geraldine Ssali the Deputy MD of NSSF, although some did to their surprise. Well, it is not a change of jobs, but rather a family campaign aimed at strengthening the role of a mother in a family and nation building.

Our reporter was at the scene as Mrs Ssali took the bomb detector to check all clients and cars accessing the premises. Ambiance

In an effort to re-ignite the traditional roles of family, a consortium of women leaders have taken to the roles of ordinary middle and lower class women, to get the real feel of a struggling mother, and how they get to their conflicting roles both in family and work.

This morning, the campaign saw the Deputy Managing Director for National Social Security Fund-NSSF GeraldineSsali taking up roles of a female security personnel at Shoprite Lugogo Mall. Ambiance

She braved the blazing sun earlier, to do thorough checks of all people, Cars and all other equipment that was destined to enter the premises of Shoprite Lugogo. Ambiance

Later in the day, the weather Changed and it started raining, although this never bothered the now strong woman Clad in a blue KK security attire, accomplishing serious security assignments, shortly after attending the daily routine parade, from where they take instructions. Ambiance

Geraldine Ssali described the experience as a rich one that closes the gap between the high end woman and the low profile mother, yet the two share similar experiences while grooming the nation. Byte-Geraldine Ssali – Deputy MD NSSF

She says this year, as President Museveni declared, should be used to strengthen the family, by positioning the nucleus of community at the entre of all government programs of development to achieve the middle income status by 2020.

She said the cradle of civilization, morality and ethics are all built in a family, underpinning the importance of the same. Byte-Geraldine Ssali – Deputy MD NSSF

The campaign is led by Girls Forum International, a civil society organization fighting for the rights of girl children and mothers.

Esther Namboka the Executive Director of the agency says this is just one of the activities in a chain of events that will roll throughout the week, in a build up to the first annual mothers’ summit and red carpet dinner slated for Sunday. Byte-Ester Namboka-Executive Director, Girls’ Forum International

Similar events are expected through the week, with the current Miss Uganda visiting a hair dressing saloon in Katanga a Kampala city slum, near Wandegeya.

These are all meant to provide space for synergizing families, nurturing individuals, advocating for mothers’ rights and their economic empowerment.

If the intentions of these are well intended, this would work to galvanize support around the critical roles of a mother, and provide a platform for proper child upbringing and nation building.



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