All Set for International Women’s Day Celebrations

Uganda is set to join the rest of the world in the commemoration of the International Women’s Day, drugs a day meant to recognize the contribution and the different roles women play in the development process of the Country.

The day is commemorated every year on March 8th and the 2017 celebrations will run under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.”

In Uganda however, the national celebrations will go under the theme “Women’s Empowerment in the changing world of work.”

The theme recognizes that the world of work is changing rapidly. There are significant gender gaps between men’s and women’s participation in paid employment and gender wage gaps still prevail worldwide.

It underscores the importance of women participation in the changing world of work for greater opportunities and consequently their empowerment.

The government of Uganda through the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP has made efforts to empower the women in the country, a project that has popularly been known as the Women fund.

The programme extends interest-free credit to women in groups while equipping them with skills for growth, value addition and marketing of their products and services.

According to sources from the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, over the one year of implementation, the Programme has disbursed over Shs1.7 billion to a total of 349 groups within Kampala and the districts of Wakiso, Koboko, Kitgum, Kisoro, Bundibugyo, Kiruhura, Kaliro, Kamuli, Moroto, Katakwi, Mayuge, Nakasongola, Kalangala, Ntungamo, Otuke, Kole, Kibaale, Kayunga and Nebbi.


A total of 4,627 women have been reached through the funded groups.

“We have women breaking barriers and venturing into male-dominated work fields. Example is a women group doing metal fabrication in Katakwi district. Another group in Otuke involved in processing of shea nut products like cooking oil, jelly and soap,” said Frank Mugabi, the communications officer for the Women Fund.

“Other impressive projects include bull fattening, Irish growing in Western Uganda, cereal hauling in Busoga, crafts in Nebbi and Koboko among others.”

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