Uganda: Female MPs seek gender inclusion

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Uganda: Female MPs seek gender inclusion

Women legislators under their umbrella association, the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), and the Forum for Women in Development (Fowode), have appealed to government to allocate more resources to districts to finance women activities as a way of checking gender inequalities.

The legislators, during a tour of Lyantonde District to ascertain how gender mainstreaming activities are being financed at the district and municipality on Wednesday, noted that since the districts cannot generate enough revenue, government should allocate more resources to ensure that gender activities are prioritised.

“Since most districts cannot raise enough locally generated funds, government should send adequate resources to fund activities for women, youth and children. The money being sent at districts is conditional grant and the Ministry of Gender budget is also limited,” said Ms Rosemary Nyakikongoro (Woman, Sheema), also UWOPA vice chairperson.

The legislators noted that due to inadequate funding, the districts do not prioritise funding women, youth and children activities.


Read more at Daily Monitor, published 24 August 2012.