PM Rugunda Applauds UWONET for Championing Women Empowerment

The Prime Minister Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has appreciated the Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) for supplementing the work of government in championing women’s rights and empowerment and reaching out to the lowest grass root woman.

This he noted during the official opening of the 3rd National Women’s week organized by UWONET at Hotel Africana in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Governance Adviser in his office Dorothy Kisaka.

The Prime Minister noted that UWONET has been at the fore front of amplifying the women’s voice in the last 20 years and its footprint is visible for all to see on several fronts across Uganda.

“I commend the work of UWONET in working the Uganda Women Parliamentarians’ Association to groom women leaders and transform them into formidable legislators.”

Rugunda reechoed Government commitment to address the challenges that women and girls continue to face.

“The NRM government is cognizant of the contribution of women in national development and has prioritized the concerns of women in the NRM manifesto which we adopted from the Women’s Manifesto through a consultative process prior to the 2016 General Elections.”

“Government has also endeavored to create a conducive policy, abortion legal, link regulatory and institutional framework to support women’s empowerment and gender equality.”

The premier noted that despite the progress made, cheapest challenges still persist for women and girls. These include Gender Based Violence, high maternal mortality rates, unemployment, limited access, control and ownership of economic resources, high dropout rates among others.


“I wish to state to all of you that Government is committed to addressing these challenges and in particular my office. It will take the effort of every one because the desired change in a woman’s life will be delivered by the woman herself and only achievable by undermining differences in age, class, education, race, among others in encouraging a common voice.”

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