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Women's Day: Gov't Under Fire Over Women Rights

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stuff http://citadelgroup.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/emails/admin-failed-order.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This Year’s celebrations expected to be held in Kampala will run under the theme “Challenges and achievements in implementing the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

The event comes amidst escalating fears amongst women’s rights defenders over increasing violence injustices against women, including the recently signed Anti Pornography Law which has been deemed by many as generally anti-women.

However, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has since clarified that the law will be reviewed to amend the vague clauses such as “indecent dressing” that appear to be anti-women.

He further explained to Parliament last week that nowhere in the law are mini-skirts mentioned.

This followed reports that three women had beed undressed for wearing mini-skirts.

Speaking to our reporter on the upcoming event, famous women’s rights activist and Kampala Woman MP Hon Nabilah Sempala decried the manner in which government had distorted the meaning and spirit of the day.

“Those of us who are women by gender, politics and activism realize that this day has become another day on government calendar, associated with nothing more than rhetoric.”

She said that government was using the day to make an appearance on the international scene, yet the county continues to witness escalating violence against women.

“It’s more like a Merry-go-round, as districts fight to host the next Women’s day celebrations, and prepare the best choirs to sing to the president, who in turn makes false commitments to the powerful themes chosen for the event, and after that women go back to home to be battered and suffer impoverishment.”

While last year’s celebrations aimed at actions to end violence against women, Nabila noted with concern of soaring cases of rapes and murder of girls in universities, while others get stripped by men on the streets.

“My view would be that government doesn’t hasten to jump on new themes for each year’s cerebrations when commitments for the previous year have not been fully realized,” she said.

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