Female MPs Root for Maternity Leave in Private Sector

Uganda Women Parliamentary Association  (UWOPA) has called upon government and the private sector to uphold the different labor laws in the country so as to protect women from exploitation.

UWOPA made the call as they marked the International Women’s Day under the theme: “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”.

UWOPA Treasurer Dorothy Azairwe who is also Kamwenge Woman MP said that much as several laws including the Employment Act, ailment Workers’ Compensation Act among others stipulate rights of employees including 60 working days’ maternity leave, companies especially in the private sector contravene them.

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“We are calling upon government and the private sector to make sure that they implement the policies that promote and ensure that the existing laws are adhered to,” Azairwe said.

Azairwe showed concern that while most women are employed in the private sector, private companies have continued to show disregard of labor laws, at the detriment of women.

“I want to emphasize the issue of maternity leave; while big corporations have actually complied, I want to point out specifically the education sector in private schools, were you find young women in class two weeks after delivery,” Azairwe noted.

“I would like the Ministry of Education in addition to monitoring and licensing private schools, to also monitor implementation of other laws when it comes to gender.”

The women also called on government to interpret these laws in all local languages to enable all women even the illiterate to understand their rights.



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