The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has tasked the Basoga region to educate their children so as to ensure they get a bright future.
Kadaga made these remarks at the Women’s Day celebrations in Buyengo, Jinja on Saturday, 8th April 2017.
“You have to study to be an important person in the country. All the women MPs here are professionals who have acquired a Bachelor’s degree. Some of them are leading committees within their area of expertise,” the Speaker said, adding that, “Girls, please study hard and focus on completing school before getting married.”
The Speaker also called upon women to heed to this year’s Women’s Day theme ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment’ and build themselves financially.
“Let us work hard; the richest woman in Uganda is in the fishing industry with 300 boats in the Kalangala Islands. Let us pick interest in different business; owning boda boda motorcycles, agriculture and other lucrative ventures,” she said.
The Speaker said that the Women Entrepreneurship Fund is small and inaccessible. “The women have told me that the guidelines are difficult to understand. I will ask the Gender Committee to deliberate over this matter and come up with a solution to ensure that women can easily access these funds. I will ask them to also look into increasing the funding,” she said.
The host of the event, Hon. Loy Katali (Jinja District) also pledged to continue supporting women. “We request the government to give us more funds to support women who are the back born of this economy,” she said.
The event was graced by a number of MPs including; Isaac Mulindwa (Lugazi Municipality), Herbert Kisobere (Kigungu), Solomon Serwanyi (Bukooli Central), Mariam Naigaga (Namutumba District), Agnes Amede (Pallisa), and Gaster Mugoya (Bukooli North).
The Speaker later attended another Women’s Day function organized by the Indian women at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
She has hailed the Indian Community in Uganda for their contribution to job creation across the country.
“I acknowledge the contribution of the Indian Community to the business sector. Let us be more industrious. I appeal to you to engage in setting up small scale industries that can create more job opportunities,” she told hundreds of delegates at the celebrations.
Rt.Hon. Kadaga asked the Indian women to help Ugandans acquire entrepreneurial skills to improve their livelihoods.
“Women’s day is the time when we take stock of our achievements and contributions to society. I know you can contribute more to your families and the community around you,” she added.