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Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ Campaign to highlight Sexual Harassment  

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Nile Breweries under its flagship brand Nile Special has launched a behavioral change campaign dubbed “No Excuse” with the aim of addressing the predicament of sexual harassment in the country. The brand will address the subject by calling for smart drinking measures among its consumers,since alcohol abuse has been identified as one of the primary catalysts for sexual harassment.The aim of the ‘No Excuse’ campaign is to:

• shine a spotlight on the  sexual harassment problem.

• to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes

• to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this act

• challenge the public to take appropriate action against perpetrators of sexual harassment

• encourage stakeholders to support the victims to access appropriate support services.

Attention is increasingly being paid to the prevalence of this vice in Uganda. Whether this is down to more cases being reported or the abuse is on the rise, is a matter worth investigating. What is certain, is that the public space in which women can freely express themselves must be guarded. This calls for collective reflection by all stakeholders on the measures to be undertaken to ensure that every individuals rights and freedom are protected as enshrined in the constitution under Article 20.Utilizing the brand’s online platforms, the campaign will implore the public have its say on what constitutes sexual harassment. The information will be curated and the data presented into a communication campaign to both raise awareness and also educate the public about sexual harassment while changing people’s attitudes and beliefs.

 Francis Nyende, the Nile Special Brand Manager said, “It is a good thing that the plight of women regarding sexual harassment is edging to the fore of the national discourse. But it’s also rather disturbing that almost daily there’s a story about a woman that has been sexually harassed. As one of the leading Ugandan brands we have decided to champion the cause. ”Our ultimate goal is to reduce and prevent the incidences of sexual harassment, which affects the lives of too many women, both directly and indirectly, and thereby make a much safer society.

“Some of the places where women are more susceptible to sexual harassment is during the nightlife (bars, discos etc). At certain hours of the night, after consuming a couple of bottles, some men throw caution to the wind at the expense of the women. So we are here to educate revelers that they should drink smart, there’s no excuse for sexual harassment,” says Nyende.

Ms. Gloria Nakafeero, the Commissioner Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender,

Labour and Social Development said, “We are using the ‘No Excuse’ campaign as a catalyst to

get people to question themselves and their behaviors. We are aware that by identifying the problem we shall need to do more to try and create meaningful change.  So by raising awareness about the issue, the existing laws and policies as well as the existing support services, we will contribute towards positive change in attitudes to make sexual harassment “inexcusable” and unacceptable and demand positive actions towards the elimination of sexual harassment.

I am happy to be associated with the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign.  It always starts with a simple insight. What rings true for me was the idea that in Uganda, whenever we observe or encounter of sexual harassment, we’re inclined to absent ourselves of any responsibility – or worse still, excuse behaviour that’s totally inexcusable.”  Article 24 of the constitution protects the dignity of every one in Uganda. No person shall be subjected to any form of inhuman or degrading treatment. This includes respect of a person to their psychological or mental wellbeing.

Enough is enough. Let’s stop excusing sexual harassment. Learn more at the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign websitewww.noexcuse.ug

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Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa, a perfect one stop serene place for all your body care

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Not so many places around town will have you get all your body services at a one stop. Serenity Saloon and Spa is one of those places that will not need you place to place, the Kimathi based Saloon and Spa has services ranging from makeup, weaving, braids, dreadlocks, massage, pedicure & manicure, facial, body scrub, hair treatment, tattoos and physiotherapy services.

From those that have been at the place, the customer care is excellent and in a conducive and mind relaxing environment that has FREE WIFI. Because we have been there to experience the ambiance, the place is convenient for all classes of people including the working class because it opens through all 24 hours.

While is remains a classy saloon and Spa the charges are relatively friendly. Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa is located at Kimathi Avenue, Pan African House, next to Kampala Casino.

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Mixa Publishing Limited organizes first ever literacy tour to Dubai

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The Proprietor Mixa Kids Mr David Mushabe speaking at the briefing

Kololo based Mixa publishing LTD has gifted upto 10 students to travel to Dubai in the first ever literacy tour. The occasion for teens from different school who will be part of an exciting experience launched in June 2019 and students from different schools who bought copies of the Wasted Beauty were given a chance to be part of the first ever Mixateens Literacy tour to Dubai.Literacy tours are organized to track where the author was born, lived or what places he writes about in his book.

Literary tourists are specifically interested in how places have influenced writing and at the same time how writing has created places. In order to become a literary tourist you need only book-love and an inquisitive mindset; however, there are literary guides, literary maps, and literary tours to help you on your way. There are also many museums associated with writers, and these are usually housed in buildings associated with a writer’s birth or literary career, such as their home. For the case of Mixa Publishing Limited, the first literacy tour will be to Dubai. Winners are required to write stories that will change not only their lives but their peers. Bearing in mind that the tagline for Mixateens is “Your Story Matters” and the organisers believe the chosen destination will enable them write as many stories ranging from science, fiction, creativity, art among others. 10 Student winners have emerged and will be on a Literacy tour from 30th August 2019 to 3rd September 2019.The places the winners will visit include ;Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall , Dubai Aquarium, IMG, Dolphinarium, the beach and much more.

The Winners and their schools;

BAYIGA NALUGO ZAKIAH TRACY FROM MARY’S KITENDE, KUGUMYA BLESSING ELISON FROM BWERANYANGU GIRLS, BIIRA JOYCE FROM MT ST MARY’S NAMAGUNGA, KATUSIIME KENDRA KIRABO, FROM GAYAZA HIGH SCHOOL, NAMMOMBWE JULIANA FRANCES FROM TRINITY COLLEGE NABBINGO, SEMPIJJA PALVIN GLORIA FROM TRINITY COLLEGE NABBINGO, ABENEITWE TANDEKA PARVIN FROM CALTEC ACADEMY – MAKERERE, NDAGIRE KIRABO TYNER FROM KABOJA JUNIOR ACADEMY, KUOT NYARIAK KON MADUTHANA FROM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, ABENEITWE TANDEKA PARVIN AND FROM MARIAM HIGH SCHOOL.

The Chief Operations Officer MixaTeens Mrs Mbabazi Charity Byarugaba showing the visas of the winners

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MTN Uganda Momo Nyabo campaign comes to end after straight 8 weeks

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MTN Uganda today ended their 8 week streak for her popular Momo Nyabo campaign that rewarded users for using MTN mobile money. The final giveaway event was held in Katwe market with the company handing over the last two cars of the campaign, two last motorcycles along with ither goodies. Moses Ogen and Ruth Nakasozi were the last winners of the Toyota Wish cars while Wegulo Kharim, and Ozuga Santos walked away with the last two motorcycles.The Momo Nyabo campaign this year, MTN Uganda has given away 24 cars, 36 motorcycles, and 160 smartphones.

During the final giveaway, MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager MFS products; Mr. Christopher Ssali on behalf of the telco thanked all its customers that have support them in past 20 years. He also added that it’s mobile money service is 10 years old.

“We thank our customers for supporting us over the last 20 years of MTN operation and 10 years of MTN mobile money,” he said.



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