Uganda Reiterates commitment to promoting women empowerment

Posted: 2019-03-21T13:40:16Z
Uganda Reiterates commitment to promoting women empowerment

Uganda has assured the international community of her commitment towards Social Protection initiatives that give momentum to gender equality and women empowerment.

The message was delivered by the Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana while speaking Wednesday at the ongoing 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place at the UN headquarters in New York.

Bigirimana noted that Uganda was already making strides in the area of women empowerment through various programmes.

He further observed that with 51% of the 37.7 million Ugandans being women and the young people below the age of 30 years accounting for 80% of the population, it was imperative for the government to run a progressive Social Protection Policy Framework.

“Implementation of Social Protection initiatives are a priority commitment to the Uganda Government and this is articulated in the Policy Instruments like Vision 2040, the Second National Development Plan, the National Social Protection Policy 2015, as well as the various Sector specific policies and strategies.” Bigirimana said.

Bigirimana is heading Uganda’s delegation at the annual international assembly that specifically discusses and sets the global agenda on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

This year’s theme focuses on Social Protection Systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. 

The assembly being attended by representatives of UN Member States, UN entities, and accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world opened on March 11th and runs up to 22nd March, 2019.