Photo of the Day: African Woman

 A woman carries a pot to the market in Lira district, north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. According to a UN report; In agriculture, sub-Saharan Africa’s most vital economic sector, women contribute 60–80 per cent of labour in food production, both for household consumption and for sale. But while they do most of the work, they lack access to markets and credit. In Uganda, women make up 53 per cent of the labour force, but only sell 11 per cent of the cash crops.

A village woman carries a pot to the market in Lira district, north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. According to a UN report; In agriculture, sub-Saharan Africa’s most vital economic sector, women contribute 60–80 per cent of labour in food production, both for household consumption and for sale. But while they do most of the work, they lack access to markets and credit. In Uganda, women make up 53 per cent of the labour force, but only sell 11 per cent of the cash crops.

157 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: African Woman

  1. http://www.imagine1day.org is currently doing fantastic work in Ethiopia helping rural communities to help themselves create and build schools for those who otherwise get left behind. As a result the girls (who normally are left to stay and work at home) are able to continue their education with the opportunity for secondary education. We are seeing their success presently. And these rural communities are raising themselves up without depending on handouts. It is a win-win situation. Perhaps it is a model that might work in Uganda too.

  2. Also, Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the speaker of parliament is a woman, and they have at least had more female representatives in the past than almost any European country or the USA at the same time for that matter..
    Rarely businesswomen get to represent African countries in photos!
    While rural women´s work is hard and should be brought to light I sometimes feel that I would like to see a more balanced picture of African countries in general. There are other things to see but war, poverty and rural areas.
    That said, I still think this is a beautiful photo and a good point bringing up the value of women´s work, without which the world would come to an economical standstill.
    Thank you for that.

    A link to a blog discussion about Uganda´s speaker of parliament
    http://rosebellkagumire.com/2011/05/19/uganda-gets-its-first-female-speaker-of-parliament-is-it-worth-a-celebration/

    • Please come back. This continent is very colourful. It might have problems but surely it has really beautiful moments. If you embrace both scenerios, you will enjoy your stay here

  3. A real woman of gorgeousness, simplicity and beauty represents the true culture of Uganda. Dark beauties are now attractive to all people of the world like the prominent judges of the miss universe beauty pageant who rendered wise judgment in favor of miss Angola now newly crowned Miss Universe 2011. Our candidate from the Philippines, Miss Chamcey Supsup ranked no. 3, the Filipino people are happy with her.

    • Thanks for the kind words. How i wish she could have a chance to read this. Wow..thanks for sharing the philippino love here! please, i look forward to your next visit!

  4. Interesting shot. The portion on the right corner could have been spared, but having it on the picture is letting the picture as-is, a la natural. I guess that’s how things are like in the nature, and that’s how they look, lovely and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing the picture with us.

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  6. Although just posting the photo itself would have been moving and powerful, I’m SO glad that you added the facts relating to the contribution of women in African society – it’s something that most people wouldn’t know, and it makes the photo all the more meaningful.

    Thank you and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • I try as much as possible to point out loopholes that can be worked upon to improve the lives of people who literally drive the African economy..

    • Sri Lanka is rich in culture as well. They face almost the same conditions as most African countries…and they are colourful too…U must be sad.Next time

  7. This picture captures youth and distinct colors that blend well . Her black is beautiful, but not the struggle. I feel like this pic describes hope even through great hardship. It just blends in so well I can’t find the words to describe it. You captured an amazing moment!

    • You know a lot has been said about Africa. In most cases, negative but i tried to represent her hardship in the most graceful ways…Positive stories can come out of Africa.

  8. See pictures and stories like this, makes me all the more appreciative of the “life style” that our country offers in opportunities to each and every one of us, up to and including our current President who never held down a real job in his entire life.

  9. Proud of you my boy. And thank you for showing the world that Africa is not only about suffering, disease and killing each other. We also love, laugh and live – Happily. This is a wonderful photo. I love this woman’s joy, beauty and honest determination to prevail over her situation. And congs upon getting freshly pressed. Blessings!!!

  10. I am a native of Lango. Totally proud of you Eddie for using your photography skill to share a story of an AFRICAN woman. You are an amazing person and you took this photo with a lot of passion. I love this 10000X

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  12. Please post other pictures not only beautiful ladies but also wild animals and natural resources because it is as if we are already visiting your beautiful country. I am very much inspired with your country especially your beautiful ladies. Thanks and God bless.

  13. rather refreshing. Even so, I appologize, but I do not subscribe to your entire idea, all be it refreshing none the less. It would seem to everybody that your opinions are not totally validated and in actuality you are your self not really wholly convinced of the point. In any case I did appreciate reading through it.

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