Episode 1: The Iron Lady
Meet Jonaliese Kubugho, a young woman with a will of iron. She’s a boss, a mother, a trainer, a translator and a refugee – building a successful business in a profession dominated by men.
“If a man can do it, a woman can do it.”
Introduction by our host Yonna Tukudane
Yonna Tukundane is our host for this season of Between Lives. He works for UNHCR in the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Western Uganda.
What inspired you to work for UNHCR? And what do you enjoy most about your job?
Before UNHCR called me about this opportunity, I must admit that I didn’t know much about the refugee agency. I’m genuinely interested in getting more involved in the social media side of communication, and I learnt that UNHCR Uganda was growing in that area. As an journalist with an emphasis in social media, I knew I could bring a lot of value to the team.
What is the biggest way in which you think UNHCR helps people?
UNHCR facilitates documentation of refugees. When refugees arrive and get registered by the Government of Uganda, the documents they receive enable them to open bank accounts and access other services such as education and health. This helps to provide identity, protection and to support peaceful coexistence.
Do you ever stay in touch with the refugees you help?
Yes I do. I am friends with refugees from Burundi and DRC. Most of them are in the crafts business, which I support.