ENTEBBE – President Museveni has urged women movements to train women on how to make money and increase household income to help their families out of poverty.
“Let everybody be involved in the four sectors of the economy; commercial agriculture, small factories (industrialization), services or ICT. You can’t just be there doing nothing like our bayayes in Kampala,”Museveni said on Monday during the celebrations to mark the Women’s day held at State House in Entebbe.
According to the President, while women’s rights are important, fighting poverty comes first.
“We can talk for ages about their rights but let the family first earn. It is social-economic change and not just legal. You can talk for centuries if you don’t implement society change.”
Citing an example of his wife Janet Kataaha Museveni, the president said there are chores she has never done but she is economically and socially transformed, noting that this should be the yardstick.
“Janet here has never carried a baby on her back; the children were pushed in the prams. We should stop wasting time talking and talking. Janet is here, it’s not fiction. She’s not a horse. We are talking about social-economic transformation.”
State Minister for Gender Peace Mutuuzo said 95 per cent of Ugandan women are in the informal sector that saved the economy during the lockdown while they slept in markets, sustained themselves and their families.
Ms Mutuzo implored all Ugandans to stop violence against women and girls.