The Soroti District Woman MP, Anna Adeke, says that women were blessed to have a Speaker in the 10th Parliament (Rebecca Kadaga) who was emphasizing gender and equity. Adeke says that she is looking forward to the new leadership that she hopes will maintain the same.
leaders have asked the New Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah to advocate and
support the interests of women in parliament.
Soroti District Woman MP, Anna Adeke, says that women were blessed to have a
Speaker in the 10th Parliament (Rebecca Kadaga) who was emphasizing gender and equity. Adeke
says that she is looking forward to the new leadership that she hopes will
maintain the same.
leaders were speaking at the launch of a report, ‘Budgeting for Peace’ that was
commissioned by the Forum for Women in Development, FOWODE, in which low
funding towards the fight against gender-based violence, was blamed for the
increase in the cases.
to the study, violence in many cases leads to poverty, directly or indirectly.
study for example shows that many girls that left their homes due to violence dropped
out of school while others were married off.
says the domination of the male gender in legislation, as well as the quality of
the Members of Parliament, affect the legislation on gender violence issues.
She cited the removal of the close on consent to sex in the Sexual Offences
Bill, reasoning that the men were being selfish.
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The report also highlighted that even in households, the presence or the fear
of falling a victim to violence affects the ability of the members to
effectively engage in productive activities.
Former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Miria Matembe said the MPs, irrespective
of gender should stop thinking about themselves when legislating for the whole
of our MPs today is killing our mission and vision as the women
movement. When I was still Woman MP for Mbarara, some people threatened
not to vote for me because I had brought FIDA to Mbarara,” she said.
Evelyn Letiyo, the UN Specialist on Ending Gender-based Violence says there is a
lack of trust between partners, especially regarding finances. She says that women
fear that the men will want to influence how the money is put to use.
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The commissioner for Gender and Women Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour
and Community Development, Angella Nakafeero, said all is not lost but that
perhaps some programs either lose steam or are forgotten by the public even
when they are active.
revealed that they are pushing for the establishment of a special court
dedicated to gender-based violence and related issues, as opposed to the
current system where such cases are handled by special sessions.