Reach A Hand Uganda, Embassy of the Netherlands hold screening event for Sabotage film

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Design Hub was abuzz with anticipation as the Embassy of the Netherlands and Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) organized a special screening event for the movie “Sabotage,” along with their esteemed partners Sautiplus Media Hub and Nabwiso Films. The exclusive session, held last Tuesday, aimed to address crucial Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) challenges, with a particular focus on unsafe abortions and sexual violence, through a social-cultural lens.

The screening, attended by key stakeholders and decision-makers, showcased impactful narratives sourced from real-life stories in Uganda. The purpose of the screening and subsequent panel discussion was to highlight the realities of SRHR challenges faced by young people in Uganda, spark meaningful discussions among stakeholders, and collaborate on actionable solutions to address issues such as sexual violence and unsafe abortions.

The cast crew of sabotage at the screening.

The event commenced with welcoming remarks from Karin Boven, the Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda, followed by the screening of “Sabotage” and a panel discussion. Among the distinguished panelists were individuals deeply passionate about addressing SRHR challenges, such as Daisy Kandole from the SRHR Alliance Team and Uganda’s representative to the Netherlands Youth Advisory Council.

“As a young woman in Uganda, ‘Sabotage’ resonates deeply with the realities many of us face. It courageously sheds light on the challenges of sexual violence and unsafe abortions, which are sadly all too common,” she stated.

Sheila Kasabiiti, the Programs Manager at RAHU, emphasized the key messages of the film, highlighting the importance of raising awareness about SRHR challenges faced by young people and advocating for policy changes. “Partners and donors can utilize this movie as a powerful advocacy tool to drive conversations, mobilize resources, and enact policy reforms,” she added.

Sharifah Nakate, a cast member of “Sabotage,” reflected on her experience shooting the film, describing it as “emotionally intense and enlightening.” She hoped audiences would grasp the urgency of addressing SRHR issues and understand the importance of consent and bodily autonomy.

Another cast member, Denis Kinani, discussed the sobering experience of portraying the role of a perpetrator in the film. He urged fellow men to challenge toxic masculinity and stand in solidarity with survivors of gender-based violence.

Attendees of the event taking in moments of the “Sabotage” movie during the screening at Design Hub.

Judith Adokorach from the Netherlands Embassy emphasized the Netherlands’ strategic objective of supporting Uganda in achieving SDG 3 (Healthy lives and Wellbeing for all) and SDG 5 (Gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls) by ensuring everyone’s sexual and reproductive health rights are met. She noted that the movie highlights controversies, dilemmas, and uncertainties in the policy environment that sometimes hinder the provision of necessary services, such as safe and legal abortion.

She presented a scenario involving a 14-year-old girl who is pregnant due to defilement, illustrating the dilemmas faced by her and the various stakeholders involved in handling such cases. Many young women and girls in Uganda encounter difficulties due to conflicting views and opinions, underscoring the need for clear policy provisions and accountability in implementing enabling policies. This clarity is essential to help girls and women navigate the challenges they face in achieving the highest state of sexual and reproductive health.

Day’s panellists L-R: Kemigisha Elizabeth from FIDA, Sheila Kasabiiti the Programs Manager at RAHU, Judith Adokorach from the Netherlands Embassy, Sharifah Nakate; a cast member and  Daisy Kandole,Uganda’s representative to the Netherlands Youth Advisory Council.

At the event, Kemigisha Elizabeth from FIDA weighed in with legitimate expertise as she addressed the legal framework surrounding safe abortion, stressing the importance of clarity to ensure women’s rights and access to safe healthcare.

“To resolve these uncertainties, there’s a need for clear and accurate information dissemination, advocacy for legal reforms that prioritize women’s health and rights, and collaboration between stakeholders to address systemic barriers,” she said.

The screening and dialogue highlighted the collaborative efforts of RAHU and its partners in initiating crucial conversations aimed at mindset change and policy improvements for the benefit of young people.

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