Uganda Parliament women’s Association, FIDA- Uganda and other 30 civil
society organizations dealing with women substances have today warned the
government not to get tempted to merge the Uganda women
entrepreneurship program fund with parish development model program
because it will undo the achievements that have been completed.
The chief executive officer FIDA- Uganda Lillian Byarugaba disclosed this information during the media conference at FIDA -Uganda headquarters in Nakawa Kampala
Byarugaba adds that merging the UWEP fund will derail Uganda’s efforts to realize the sustainable development goals especially SGD number five on gender equality.
“Amalgamating funds under UWEP to finance the parish development model further means that women of Uganda will return to difficult position of having to compete for the limited resource basket as it was before the program was rolled out” Byarugaba affirms.
She further noted that combining funds under UWEP to parish
development model will be detrimental to women’s equitable access to
government funds yet they already grapple with many barriers including
sexual and reproductive health, domestic violence, lack of access to
land among other issues.
Ronah Babwetera head of gender at UGANET says that before UWEP women
in Uganda contributed and still continue to contribute to
their family’s income yet in comparison with men they lacked the
resources of self-development such as access to capital, market and
Vatiti Nandujja action aid manager says women access to social justice
though UWEP has had its own disadvantages but it has
registered tremendous successes for women and so the government
should not temper with it.