NAWOU joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Women’s Day which is celebrated on 8th March every year. The Women’s Day aims at honoring and recognizing the role women have played in influencing the women’s agenda and promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. 2016 was celebrated under the International theme “Pledge for Parity” while Uganda celebrated under the theme “Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Vehicle for Sustainable Development.” Our National theme was selected based on evidence that Women’s economic empowerment and their capacity to bring about economic change are increasingly viewed as the most important contributing factor to attainment of gender equality and equity. Women have the potential to change their own economic status, as well as that of the communities and countries in which they live. Yet more often than not, women’s economic contributions go unrecognized, their work undervalued and their promise undernourished.
NAWOU supported “Take a step Women’s Group” from Hoima to participate in the National Women’s Day Celebrations at Kololo Memorial Grounds in Kampala.
During the National celebrations, which NAWOU centrally participated in, H.E the newly sworn in President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni confirmed commencement of implementation of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program (UWEP). The UWEP program focuses on improving access to financial services for women entrepreneurs and equipping them with skills for growth, value addition and marketing of their products and services. Women leaders represented by the National Women’s Council in their speech demanded for access to improved health services, promotion of high enrollment and sustenance of girls in school and increased participation of women in decision making. The celebrations were crowned with award of Medals to recognize and appreciate women who have passionately and tremendously contributed to women’s empowerment, peace and security.
(L-R) Sissel from FOKUS, FIDA Programs Manager and NAWOU Executive Director Monica Emiru during the Women’s Day Celebrations.