The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has emphasized the need to improve women’s livelihoods in rural areas through financial empowerment, to help check on the negative aspect of domestic violence.
The Speaker made the remarks during the belated Women’s Day celebrations in Kamuli district, where she also emphasized the need to improve girl-child education in the district and the country at large.
“For our children to ably study, I want to bring a machine that can manufacture re-usable sanitary pads. This will help girls study comfortably at school if they can afford sanitary pads,” Kadaga said.
She also advised parents to avoid sending their children on errands at night because it was risky for their lives. She added that there was a need to empower youth with skills, so that they can self-employ and fend for themselves.
State Minister for Karamoja affairs and Bugabula North MP Hon Moses Kizige commended the efforts of the Speaker to uplift her constituency and pledged support towards the development.
Hon Rehema Watongola (NRM, Kamuli Municipality) hailed Kadaga for the ever growing electrification projects in the area as well as improving school structures.
“We thank government for setting up Kamuli Hospital but it lacks several amenities like x-ray machines,” said Watongola, adding that “We request government to set up structures to accommodate doctors attached to Busota health center.”
Kamuli District Chairperson, Thomas Kategere appreciated the Speaker’s efforts to fight for the rights of women in Uganda and Africa at large, mainly at international fora.
“Many other women have played their part and left you in the struggle against gender based violence. We commend your efforts to curb this vice,” Kategere said.
He added that limited women involvement in leadership and decision making had influenced Africa’s potential to be a rich continent or one lacking financial growth.