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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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+1 #1 doctordre 2014-07-25 08:06
The issues they raise are valid but nothing will change. Women should demand for quality leadership and opportunities.

For a start they should compete with men, they should not be tokens in the names of Woman MP. If that remains they should forget about 2016.

Women activists, i feel, have failed to address the challenges of women, mainly of the underclass.
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0 #2 webeshixty 2014-07-26 23:21
Quoting doctordre:
The issues they raise are valid but nothing will change. Women should demand for quality leadership and opportunities.

For a start they should compete with men, they should not be tokens in the names of Woman MP.


They are barking the wrong tree! We have ladies in positions of influence, all kissing the emperor's sandals. A high powered medical doctor brandishing phd paper from Nasser road of Harvard only came home to construct student's hostel in Kivulu!

Another legal guru is interpreting parliamentary proceedings upside down. Then there are yellow cashiers cremating the ailing economy. Are these the champions of women empowerment?

My Malawian confidant tells me Joyce Banda failed not because she was not good, people remembered Mutharika's Agric reforms! In other words, the sale of M7 jet can pay teachers for one year, but Agric reforms can sustain the economy till donors impose another M7.
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0 #3 Wadada ROGERS 2014-07-27 18:07
Lets get rid of affirmative action and see how many of you will come to Parliament or lets allow men to contest as women members of parliament and see how many of you are going to get defeated in your own areas
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