Women rights activists vowed on Tuesday that they would fight for equal participation in development and national elective politics in 2016.
Addressing journalists in Kampala, Patricia Munabi Babiiha, the executive director of Forum for Women in Democracy (Fowode), said women participation in politics was still limited.
“We would like to make our demands known to various stakeholders including the government, political parties and impress it upon Ugandans that real development can only be realised when women issues are recognised as Uganda’s development issues,” she said.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Fowode organised a conference largely to push for women recognition – under the theme “taking stock and marching forward.”
Babiiha added: “We all know that being a woman in Uganda remains perilous, with women and girls languishing at the bottom of most social indicators. For example, we know that today the numbers of women dying while giving birth hav increased… which is unacceptable.”
She said the female HIV/Aids prevalence rate has increased from 2.6 in 2006 to three per cent in 2011. Gender-based violence in Uganda is among the worst in the world, with 56 per cent women aged between 15-19 having experienced violence by the age of 15.
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