The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ocan has praised affirmative action that has helped catapult women to high positions in leadership.
Speaking after a six kilometer marathon health run in Gulu town on Wednesday, ahead of the Gulu district women day, Aol said old settings had locked women out of leadership. The 1995 Constitution, she said, put in place affirmative where each district has a women representative in Parliament.
“To understand men’s dominance in top positions you can start from Gulu here. The Resident District Commissioner, District Police Commander, district chairman, Resident State Prosecutor and the Chief Administrative Officer are all men,” said Aol.
Adding: “Women are there because of the affirmative action.”
Some of the women benefiting from affirmative action are Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga (Kamuli), Aol (Gulu), Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa (Kiboga) and others.
Professor Openjuru George Ladaah the Gulu University vice-chancellor who accompanied the runners said the University is committed in hosting the women’s day celebration in their play ground on Thursday since the institution is committed on ensuring respect and dignity of women.
“I have joined the marathon today to send the message that women are important and needs support from the community and we must not joke with the issues pertaining the promotion of girl child education majorly in the rural arrears that mothers still want to get bride price,” said Openjuru.
Gulu will celebrate women’s day celebration on Thursday under the theme: “Celebrating 25 years of the 995 Constitution; millstone in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda.”