Overcoming gender prejudices: Woman takes up position as bus conductress, challenging traditions.

Cars Parked at South Sudan’s Nimule taxi park where travelers come to book their ticket to various locations. Businesses such as this are dominated by men. Picture by Sebit Patrick | 24th August 2019

By Aol Nancy, MiCT

In most Ugandan traditions and South Sudanese cultures alike, women and men tend to assume distinct roles in their communities. It is more or less the same thing in job market. Women tend to take up jobs that are generally considered “soft careers” while men take up jobs that are usually considered very “challenging and difficult”.

But with the current high unemployment rate in Uganda, especially among young adults, many people incusing educated ones believe anything can go. The same thinking is changing traditions also. Scovia Asienzio, a wife and mother of two has defied the deep-rooted class prejudice by becoming a bus conductress. Her duty splits her from her family for the most of time. Aol Nancy had a fancy time with the bus conductress and has more to tell us in this story. Listen below