KATAKWI, UGANDA: Leaders of Katakwi District in the Eastern part of Uganda have cited gender equality and women empowerment as one issue that needs to be advocated for.
While meeting district stakeholders yesterday, Rita Aciro Lakor, the executive director for Uganda women’s network said they are in Katakwi to upscale interventions geared towards enhancing women’s capacity to impactful participate and influence in decision making at all levels for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Simon Peter Ojaman, the special adviser for the ICU cultural leader, His highness Paul Sande-Etomaileng Emolot advised the clan chairpersons across Teso Districts to give educative massages that concern women empowerment whenever they are invited for a public function.
Hon Marion Atim, Katakwi District chairperson for women caucus applauded UWONET for conducting a baseline survey from women rights organisation, cultural and district leaders inclusive of the media.
Opposition political activist Stella Aguti, Samuel Orisa the project officer conserve Uganda katakwi and others, cited need to engage women to join elective positions as one way of empowering them.
They added that, there’s no work plan and funding that can help the actors from conducting civic education at a grass root level.
Hon. Majeri Tukei, the deputy speaker for katakwi district and other stakeholders agreed that, the trainings organisations bring, target only the district leaders who are elites leaving rural women uninformed.
The project coordinator for KADAN Charles Olinga urged women to fully participate in political positions when every election draws closure.
In Uganda, as of February 2021, 34.9% of seats in parliament were held by women. However, work still needs to be done in Uganda to achieve gender equality.
75% of legal frameworks that promote, enforce and monitor gender equality under the SDG indicator, with a focus on violence against women, are in place.
Uganda is progressively promoting gender equity with affirmative action in legislative representation in Parliament and the change is being achieved this way.
It is observed that, the participation of women in Parliament has risen to 33.8% and the representation in Cabinet is fairly high.
The story was compiled by Benjamin Epeduno an-active media activist based in Eastern Uganda.
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