health http://debbiehowes.com/wp-includes/class-wp-locale.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While launching the annual report titled, http://cprescue.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php “Making a Difference beyond Numbers: Towards Women’s Substantive Engagement in Political Leadership in Uganda”, a brainchild of the Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) in collaboration with Uganda Women Parliamentary Association in Kampala, Otafiire noted that many women leaders tend to promote their own interests leaving out men.
“You should take care of other people including men without being discriminative because they make a big percentage of the country’s population and they are the main characters in the country’s development,” the Minister advised.
“In 1986, I brought the idea of women representatives in Parliament from districts. Men and women are essential components of the society. All need each other. The world used to be determined by muscle power but in today’s technological era, the brain power controls. Women should just empower their brains and be equal or even more than men.”
He agreed that women participation in politics in Uganda has been a critical government priority and appreciate Isis for conducting the study and coming out with a report.
“We have enormous task to improve women’s participation in the country.”
According to Ruth Ojiambo (Ex. Dir. Isis), Women have now taken leadership role unlike previous times when men were doing it all.
“Women have made strides but the world has not equally appreciated women’s contributions. I appreciate men who point out what hinders women’s contributions”
At the same function women legislators tasked the Minister to explain why government has, up to now, failed to sign the Domestic Violence Bill into law.
Women legislators were also touched by the government’s failure to translate the constitution in all local languages which they said has greatly affected the local population in terms of interpreting it.
This year’s celebrations were held under the theme “making a difference beyond numbers towards women’s substantive engagement in political leadership in Uganda” with the aim of encouraging women to fully participate in politics.