Enpowerment of Women

There are persistent inequalities between women and men; 33% of women are poor while the percentage for men is 30%. This is more severe for widows at 34%. Almost 5.5 million women compared to 1.4 mill ion men in Uganda are illiterate. In general, women and children are more prone to poverty than men. Uganda’s rural women (87%) are eng aged in subsistence agriculture. Conversely, the high paying sub-sectors such as financial and real estate sectors employ a paltry 0.3% with the ratio of females barely half that of males. There are wide gender differentials in unemployment too. Females suffer it twice as much as their male counterparts.

These disparities are due to the fact that despite significant strides made in advancing women’s rights and equality, women and girls still suffer great gender inequalities and sexual discrimination at home and in the work place. Furthermore, most victims of sexual, gender-based and domestic violence are women.

Objective

Empower women with adequate resources to participate actively and fully as equals in the social, economic and political development of our country.

Plan and Commitment

• Ensure that women are appointed to 50% of all national leader ship positions; these include cabinet ministers, permanent secretaries, commissioners, heads of statutory bodies, and ambassadors.
• Increase support to rural farmers and small and medium enter prises where women predominate, to significantly improve their standard of living.
• Review, formulate and implement a community development policy to educate, train and empower women.
• Rehabilitate and expand all the girls’ schools built by UPC Government, and provide the necessary inputs for quality girl child education within 3 years.
• Rehabilitate and re-establish Community Development Centres to benefit women.
• Promote policy and measures to increase women access to land ownership and inheritance.
• Vigorously pursue a policy of zero tolerance to violence against women; strengthen the law and sensitize the population about this problem.
• Immediately working women will be guaranteed three (3)
months paid maternity leave, and another three (3) months
unpaid parental leave, increasing to six (6) months paid and six (6) months unpaid maternity and parental leave respectively by 2021, without the risk of losing their jobs.
• Develop special programmes for girls and young women targeting employability, business start-ups, life skills, and social diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

 
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