WOMEN HANDS UP TO GUARD THEIR OWN

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

land.

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.

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