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UN Resident Coordinator addresses National Women's Day Celebration

On 8th March, Uganda joined the rest of the World to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s theme was on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” which aimed at recognizing the contribution and the different roles women play in the development process of our Country’s development.

About 10,000 people from different institutions including Government agencies, International agencies, private sector, civil society, Diplomats and locals gathered at Dokolo Technical Institute grounds in Dokolo district in North Eastern Uganda to celebrate the day. While speaking at the event, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Rosa Malango recognized Uganda’s efforts in championing SDG 5 on gender equality and the exemplary leadership exhibited by Government in creating policy and legal environment that promotes women’s participation and empowerment in the changing world of work.

Uganda’s Constitution upholds the principle of equality and protection of the rights of men and women with regards to employment opportunities, rights to safety and health and freedom from discrimination. Such laws include the Employment Act (2006); the Occupation Safety and Health Act, Labour Union Act, 2006, Workers’ Compensation Act and the attendant Regulations, and Sexual Harassment Regulations (2012).

Ms. Malango called on Government to adopt bills such as the Marriage and Divorce bill, the Minimum wage bill and Transitional Justice bill that are key in helping and protecting women.

In his remarks, the Chief Guest President Yoweri Museveni pledged support Women in Dokolo by teaching them how to work and set up more factories in the region to create more jobs where women can work and earn money to support their families. He encouraged women to get vocational training to compete favourably with men in the available job market.

Ms. Malango called on everyone to promote women’s rights because they are human rights; help a girl and a woman to either stay in or return to school, or benefit from vocational training; donate time or equipment to help women and girls access ICT; mentor a girl; teach her to protect the environment; ensure your work place has concrete goals on women empowerment; be an advocate to end violence against women and girls at home, work, school, and encouraged parents not to marry their girls off.

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