Uganda

PUBLICATIONCover of the Uganda edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves"

Omubiri Gwaffe Bwe Bulamu Bwaffe (2017)

Translation: Our Bodies Ourselves

LANGUAGE

Luganda

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES PROJECT

In 2017, a Luganda adaptation of several chapters of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” was published for women in Uganda. The chapters were adapted by Diana Namumbejja Abwoye, a Ugandan woman who is now a nurse practitioner in Boston. Editor Florence Namukabya and reviewer Laureen Ndagire also contributed.

Based on the 2011 U.S. edition, the Luganda book covers topics related to identity, relationships, sexuality, birth control, safer sex, pregnancy and birth. These topics were selected because of their direct – and critical – impact on women’s lives in Uganda.

A group of women in Uganda sit outdoors in a circle and discuss the Luganda edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves"

Diana Namumbejja Abwoye, facing the camera, and a group of women in Masaka, Uganda discuss the Luganda edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in December 2017. Photo: Alan Roy Abwoye

Namumbejja Abwoye explains the need for this information: “Through my experience both as a Ugandan girl growing up and in my work with Ugandan women, I know these are the issues that women and girls face daily…. Culturally, women do not discuss sexuality, sex, and birth control with their daughters. Daughters who are lucky will discuss it with their paternal aunts. This book is intended to be a go-to resource.”

The book is adapted to the Ugandan cultural context, including “slang” terms commonly used by Ugandan women and first person stories shared by Ugandan women.

Available for free in the community, the book is mainly distributed via hair salons, women’s groups and clubs, and market places. It is also available online and used extensively by Namumbejja Abwoye in her ongoing work to increase access to health and sexuality information among teen and HIV positive mothers in Uganda.

In November 2017, Namumbejja Abwoye spoke with OBOS about how the original book changed her life and propelled her to develop a Luganda edition for her country. Read the blog.

HOW TO OBTAIN COPIES

The full Lugandan adaptation is available online.

CONTACT

Email: Diana Namumbejja Abwoye: diananaava [AT] gmail.com