“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself up and try again.” I got into the Young Leaders Forum upon my second time applying. After an intense interview I managed to make the cut.
I have been a leader all of my life though I did not know. During the programme, I was made to understand I did not need a title or well-furnished office to qualify. As a photographer, I could use my camera to tell the stories I wanted to tell and bring the change I wanted to see. While on the programme, questions like, what are the things that shape my priority and why should someone be led by me we answered. I understood that I am as good as how much I know, I need to keep myself informed if I am going to be of any influence.
With each module, my mind was opened to new knowledge and a deeper understanding of my role as a young person in Uganda. Favourite of all, was the module on Labour rights and laws in Uganda. I had worked for a couple of organizations but with no contracts and I didn’t think it was a problem, how wrong I was! Today I am certain my labour rights cannot be violated at my watch. I also look out for my peers to ensure as they get into the work world to ensure their employers are meeting their end of the bargain.
I am very grateful to FES and the other YLF participants, you’re the family I prayed for.
Kirabo Hope was part of YLF class of 2017 she is passionate about photography, children and women’s rights. She uses her camera to tell stories and bring the change she wants to see in Uganda.