Makerere University with support form the Embassy of Sweden have organized a special dialogue event as the world marks this year’s Women’s Day on August 8.
The event will take place at the university’s School of Women and Gender Studies under the theme ‘Empowering Women through innovative approaches to social protections; a pre-requisite for inclusive and sustainable development’.
Prof Consolate Kabonesa, the coordinator of the Gender /SIDA project says the event will be preceded by a “Gender Identity Week aiming at giving gender issues an academic face.”
“The event aims at facilitating dialogue among university staff, students, development partners, development practitioners, media and other stakeholders,” Prof Kabonesa said.
Prof Kabonesa also revealed at a press conference that the school, as part of the Women’s Day celebrations, has invited the contestants in the controversial “Miss Curvy” beauty pageant to make their case.
The contest, which was established as a tourism initiative has had the country divided, with many people questioning its morality.
While President Yoweri Museveni, majority of rights activists and some MPs claim it demeans women, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and a section of MPs believe the contest would provide a needed platform for women who often suffer body shaming and marginalization.
“We have invited Anne Mungoma, the organizer of the Miss Curvy competition to be one of the discussants at the two-day Gender Identity Week dialogue” said Prof Kabonesa.
“The Miss Curvy contest has been identified as one of the topical issues to be discussed” she added.
Mungoma will be joined by other prominent women including Prof Christine Dranzao the vice chancellor of MUNI University in Arua, Ruth Ojambo-Ochieng, Harriet Anena an award winning author, Dr Euzobia Baine, who will among other topical issues interrogate the representation of Ugandan women in the society.