Women’s Day Celebrations: CSO’s Demand Women Economic Inclusion

As Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day, seek the Women’s movement in Uganda under the leadership of the Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) have called upon government to ensure economic inclusion and access to resources as Uganda moves to the Middle income status.

Uganda will conduct the 2017 celebrations under the theme; “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”.

Addressing the media at the Uganda Museum in Kampala, more about UWONET Executive Director (ED), information pills Ritah Aciro noted persistent impediments to women’s economic empowerment that government needs to urgently address if the Middle income status is to be achieved.

“We collectively call upon the Government of Uganda to make investment choices in fields such as agriculture, education, health, promotion of women’s land and protection of their human rights that will enable women reach their full economic potential,” Aciro noted.

Aciro also highlighted a number of impediments that the Uganda woman currently faces which include; the unfair care workload that falls mostly on women, harmful social norms and cultural practices that have persisted over decades and yoked women in poverty, as well as insufficient government investment in infrastructure.

“As a step toward making economic empowerment a reality for every woman, the women’s movement demands for investment in young women and girls by developing, financing and implementing frameworks and mechanism that give sufficient economic opportunities to young women through access to finance and entrepreneurship development.”

The women called upon government to repeal laws that criminalize and limit civic space for women’s organizations and citizens organizing on labor rights and women economic rights.

“Support and accelerate women’s right to won, access and use land, including collective and user rights to land and common property through amendments to the Succession Act and enacting the Marriage and Divorce Bill.”

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