The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has decried low funding as it celebrates 10 years of existence.
EOC is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament to effectuate Article 32(3) and Article 32 (4) of the Constitution of Uganda. EOC is mandated to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons on the ground of sex, age, race, colour, ethnic origin and tribe, among others.
Ms Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, the EOC chairperson, however, told journalists on Tuesday that underfunding and understaffing means they cannot achieve all their plans.
“We are understaffed due to limited funds; we are just at 43 per cent out of 100 per cent. This means we cannot reach most parts of the country,” she said.
Ms Muwebwa added that EOC has only one central office in Kampala yet they need regional offices so that the vulnerable can reach them easily.
“Women and girls are the most vulnerable but they do not have access to us to air out their issues, especially those from remote areas,” she said.
State minister for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi said EOC has created an avenue for the vulnerable people as well as ensuring equitable access of government services.