The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has launched the 4th annual report on the state of equal opportunities in Uganda (2016/2017).
The annual report highlights discrimination and inequalities against individuals or group of persons on grounds of sex, race, color, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed and religion.
According to Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi the Chairperson EOC, they faced difficulties in reaching out to all the 116 districts of Uganda but they managed to get significant information.
Speaking at the report launch at Imperial Royal Hotel, Ntambi revealed that the Government of Uganda has made significant progress in addressing social imbalance and promoting equal opportunities to all.
“We can all contribute to their efforts by embracing the idea and take it into action in our respective capacities,” she said.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya who gave the key note address and launched the report said that these kinds of reports work as a tool for public workers on duty to make sure they keep in check when it comes to issues of social imbalances as well as promoting equal opportunities for all.
“Government has endeavored to create programs to empower child headed families which is also becoming a challenge in rural areas and also support the youth and women who are the most marginalized in the country,” he said.
He however expressed concern about discrimination of PWD’s in health facilities.
“That they lack privacy in hospital rooms, interpreters to assist them and are faced with poverty hence failure to pay medical bills, this leads to criminalization and jail,” he said.
“This should be treated as an emergency”.