The former Member of the Pan-African Parliament Miria Matembe has tasked women leaders to come up together and unit if they want their rights to be respected and achieve gender equality.
Matembe made this appeal on November 16 while officiating the closing ceremony of the Young leaders training in alternative and transformative leadership held at Kyoto Retreat Centre, Namugongo.
Matembe called upon women in their different capacities to come up together as one solid team and speak one mind.
“Women have always advocated for emancipation, respect for their rights, among others.”
“We need to unite, we need to team up as one strong group so that our voices will be heard. Women have always been sidelined by men in everything they consider crucial, I have to remind you that here in Uganda, women were not given chance to decide for themselves, not until I and some other ladies fought for affirmative action which was later passed by Government in 1998,” Matembe said.
Matembe also urged women leaders to serve their purpose to the satisfaction of those whom they lead and be credible and have vision so as to influence and empower others. She congratulated FOWODE for organizing such empowerment mentorship training.
“Leadership is about stewardship, having the ability to influence others and above all quality service. Great leaders do not immense wealth at the expense of others, not about ownership but the ability to serve and influence other people. You can’t be a leader when you can’t influence any single person,” Urged Matembe.
Elizabeth Ampairwe, the Program Director WLP FOWODE congratulated the trainees for successfully completing their training and thanked media for always giving the organization mileage.
“Congratulations to the trainees for fully completing the mentorship training, to the Media, I am so honored for your presence here, you have always been our strength. I must confess that we have attracted most of our Sponsors because of the mileage the media gives us, thank you so much our friends from Media,” said Ampairwe.
The 7-Day residential 24th Alternative and Transformative leadership training (Mentorship Camp) held at ‘Foyer de Charite’ in Kampala gathered a total of 30 young women from various Districts across the Country including;Amuria,Gulu,Kabale,Kampala,Kamuli,Kanungu,KisoroLyantondeBuyende,Luweero,Masindi,Mityana,Mukono,Namisandwa,Rakai,Ruburizi,Rukungiri,Soroti,Ssembabule,Kapchorwa and Wakiso.
The Program was organized by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a national Women’s rights organization that was established in 1995 with a vision to of a just and fair Society where Women and Men equally participate in and benefit from decision making processes.
FOWODE has since 2004 mentored young leaders in Alternative and Transformative leadership.