MBALE — Uganda joined the rest of the World to Celebrate the International Women’s Day.
Hinged on the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of the 1995 Constitution: Milestones on promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Uganda,” the function at Maluku Administration grounds in Mbale District attracted a huge crowd.
The national theme for the celebration was selected in recognition of the important role women play in society and to celebrate the liberties and opportunities the Uganda government and the 1995 Uganda Constitution gave to women and the girl child.
President Museveni who was the Chief Guest at the function accompanied by the First Lady, Mama Janet Museveni, said women empowerment can best be achieved through economic independence.
He said his administration has put in place several initiatives to empower women economically.
The president said that the Ugandan government has already made many strides in women emanicipation such as the 1.5 points added to girls joining University, equal opportunities that has mostly been embraced by the Armed Forces where any fit person joins regardless of gender and raising the number of women in parliament among others.
He condemned gender violence and advised the public to report such cases to both the police and through the political leadership structures.
Mr. Museveni said it’s cowardly to beat women…”at least use your tongue to lash”.
Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Gender and Social Development reiterated that Uganda had taken steps in improving women’s wellbeing through programmes like wealth creation, youth fund and ICT among others.
He added that the International Womens Day serves to remind the World of the call to action for Women empowerment.
Dr. Rose Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator said that Women and girls who are empowered are integral in the household and the community and hence contribute to sustainable development of the country.
The function was also attended by a delegation of women from Kenya, Political and Religeous Leaders, Women leaders at different levels, members of the Armed Forces and members of the Diplomatic core among others.