Peace Mutuuzo, the Minister of State for Gender and Culture and Bunyangabu Woman Member of Parliament, says they will invite local and cultural leaders from various sub counties that are affected by the girl child drop out to discuss a way forward.
There are high expectations among residents of Bunyangabu
district, the host of this year’s International Women’s day celebrations
scheduled for tomorrow.
The residents say they expect to achieve a lot from the event by
tackling major challenges such as high dropout rates for girls in primary and
secondary schools and lack of market for their main agricultural produce,
These hope that by
hosting the national event, guests from different parts of the country will be
exposed to their high quality agricultural produce that will be displayed in
the agricultural expo on that day.
Alfred Mwesige, a
resident of Rwimi Sub County, says most of their bananas are sold at low prices
to the neighboring districts because they don’t have any other markets where
they can sell them. He says they hope to cash in on the guests who will turn up
for the international women’s day.
Caroline Atuhaire, says she expects the president to commission
Katugunda Polytechnic College in Kabonero Sub County that has been Idle
for more than seven months since its completion.
She argues that their
district leaders have always said that the college couldn't open without the president commissioning it.
is optimistic that once the polytechnic opens, they will acquire skills in computer programs and tailoring among other things that
can fetch them some income.
Ronah Ahimbisibwe, another resident, says women face a lot of challenges and by coming together on Women's Day, she expects to share with other women about her challenges and also learn from them.
Peace Mutuuzo, the
Minister of State for Gender and Culture and Bunyangabu Woman Member of
Parliament, says they will invite local and cultural leaders from various sub
counties that are affected by the girl child drop out to discuss a way forward.
Recently, URN reported a high girl child drop out in Kabonero and Katebwa Sub
Counties and Kyamukube town council in Bunyangabu District. The problem is
attributed to negative cultural beliefs instilled into the girls by their
For instance, most of the residents there believe that culturally, any girl
above 13 years of age can get married and anyone against this belief is seen as
an enemy to the community.
But Mutuzo says that they have to meet all the
cultural, opinion and religious leaders from these areas on International Women’
Day and educate them on the importance of keeping a girl child in School.
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This year’s Women’s Day will be celebrated under the theme: “Empowering Women
Through innovative approaches to social protection, a prerequisite for
inclusive and sustainable development.”
The national celebrations will be held
at Rwimi Primary School Playground in Bunyangabu district, and the Chief Guest
is expected to the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.