On the 8th of March 2017, ACFODE was in Dokolo Districts to participate in the National Women’s Day Celebrations commemorated under the theme, “Women’s Empowerment in the Changing World of Work.”
His Excellency the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni presided over the celebrations as the Chief Guest.
He noted that empowering women economically involves putting capital in their hands and allowing them to earn an independent income. As such, they can contribute financially to their households, communities and the nation.
President Museveni further explained that the NRM Government had done a lot towards empowering women. Some of these interventions include the UPE programme which has empowered everyone, especially the girl children; increasing access to water, which eases women’s workload; improving women’s reproductive health; mass immunization so that women are not hindered in their work by ill children, and peace and security in the country.
This notwithstanding, he said the Government recognizes the challenges towards women’s empowerment, such as the high prevalence of gender-based violence in the form of child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which continue to devastate the lives of women and girls. He said women still bear most of the burden of unpaid care work within their households, limiting the time they are able to devote to productive work, as well as the male-female wage gap that stands at about 39%. He said the Government is ready to counter such challenges within the framework of the National Development Plan II.
The activities that ACFODE partook in included – an Exhibition during which our publications were displayed and disseminated, a public march that saw our female project beneficiaries creating awareness on pertinent women issues and different forms of VAW as they were donned in t-shirts whilst carrying placards embedded with these messages, in addition to a host of radio and television talk shows on Dokolo FM, and UBC TV respectively that addressed key issues that concern women’s economic empowerment.
ACFODE also utilized the opportunity to network with other CSOs, government agencies and ministries, media, development partners as well as local organizations during the celebrations.
Compiled by Sentumbwe Edward
Public Relations & Communications Department