Sweden@Makerere

On May 4th 2016, in an event jointly arranged by the SI Ugandan Alumni Network and the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala, an estimated 500 Ugandan university students from around Kampala took the opportunity to see, hear, taste and discuss Sweden for a day. Informational materials from SI about Swedish scholarship opportunities and different aspects of life in Sweden were distributed throughout the day by about 40 members of the SI alumni network. The alumni also answered questions and shared their personal experiences from Sweden.

The day’s theme was “Parenting and Career Choice” and this was manifested through the combined display of two photo exhibitions and a panel discussion. The exhibitions were “Swedish Dads” with photos by Johan Bävman and “Men Care” a photo series from the South African Sonke Gender Justice Institute. They both portray men as parents, their experiences and what consequences the time they spent with their children has had on their relationships with their children and partners. A panel with leading Ugandan personalities discussed how men can be role models for gender equality and how to balance domestic responsibilities with a professional career.

Both the exhibition and the panel discussion provoked interest from an engaged audience who viewed the photo exhibition, tasted the Swedish ‘fika’ and listened to the panel discussion. Among those present were students and staff members from several universities as well as representatives from the public and the civil society. At the event, the Embassy announced a photo competition, “Ugandan Dads”, to continue to promote men’s engagement for gender equality.