Okurut: Women Need Men For Genuine Emancipation

visit this site geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This year’s celebrations will run under the theme; “In partnership with men and boys for empowerment of women and girls in Uganda” following the United Nations International Women’s Day theme for 2014 “Inspiring Change”.

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thumb geneva; color: #222222;”>Speaking to the media at the ministry’s head offices in Kampala, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Mary Karooro Okurut, called upon all Ugandans in all works of life to join women in the year’s celebrations which is due March 8, to be hosted by Kumi District Local Government.

Okurut said the celebrations which are aimed at reflecting on the several achievements that women have garnered in the struggle for emancipation and equality will be presided over by H.E. the President of Uganda Gen. Yoweri Museveni.

“The Day also provides us with an opportunity to audit and review our strategies, identify gaps and draw a road map for the coming year. It is indeed a day that challenges everybody to evaluate his/her contribution towards empowering women and girls at all levels and by all the Stakeholders,” Okurut noted.

She remarked that the national theme recognizes the importance of partnership with all stakeholders towards achieving full empowerment of women and girls in Uganda.


“Cognizant of the women’s contributions in social, political and economic spheres for equitable and sustainable development in gender equality, the theme draws the attention of all development actors in Government, Civil Society, Faith Based Organisations and the Private Sector to review and re-examine the extent to which their respective policies and programmes have responded to the needs of women and girls in Uganda.”

Okurut said women cannot achieve much without engaging men in their struggle; “the theme stresses the importance of male involvement and partnership to provide support to women and girls for effective participation in socio-economic development processes for sustainable transformation”.

“In this regard, there is need to promote partnership between women and men in gender equality and empowerment through mobilizing them to participate in programmes at all levels such as NAADS, Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOS) and establishing a national women’s economic empowerment programme for socio-economic/political transformation.”

She added that the areas for more partnerships include access to education of the girl child and training, providing space and enabling environment to participate in democratic processes and enhance women’s participation in decision making, access to reproductive health services, accessing employment especially decent work to earn a living and reduce the burden of unpaid care wok, eliminating discrimination of all forms against girls, including zero tolerance for sexual harassment and abuse in the homes, communities, school and at all work places.

Okurut has however condemned the increased violence against women and girls in the whole country were many women are denied employment as they deny sex to their bosses and house wives are always battered at home.

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