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The role of the National Women’s Council in empowering of rural women and girls

As we commemorate this year’s Women’s day under the theme: “Empowerment of Rural women and girls: opportunities and challenges”, the women and girls of Uganda witness several endeavors and interventions that the Government of has put in place for their empowerment.

The dierent gender sensitive laws, policies and programs initiated that include; armative action in politics and education, the Universal primary and secondary education programs; economic empowerment programs like Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme, Youth livelihood programme, Operation wealth creation; rural electri cation; roads; health services; peace and security among others have uplifted the lives of the 76% of Uganda’s population that live in rural areas and majority of whom are women and girls.

The National Women’s Council (NWC) is an autonomous body, established by the National Women’s Council ACT of 1993 (CAP 318 LAWS OF UGANDA). Its objective is to bring all women of Uganda together for development purposes, irrespective of their religion, tribe, origin, status or political a liation.

The establishment of the councils therefore provided an independent and united forum through which women could participate in decision making process and also provided a channel through which social economic amenities could reach the women.

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