EU Ambassador Calls for Empowerment of Girls

Ambassador Pacifici called for the need to tighten safety measures for the girls, especially in rural areas.
The European Union ambassador to Uganda, H.E Attilio Pacifici addressing the congregation.

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The European Union Ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici has asked the government to prioritize the education of girls which is essential in promoting their empowerment.

Speaking at an empowerment outreach event held at Iganga Secondary School on Friday, Pacifici said that, violence against women and girls frustrates their ability to effectively excel and attain their desired goals. 

Pacifici commended the government for its policies on gender equality. He however said that efforts of enforcing such laws remain a challenge, leaving girls and women to bear the burden of human rights violations. 

Citing the Ministry of Gender 2018 report which indicated that, one out of every four girls face violence in and around schools, Pacifici called for the need to tighten safety measures for the girls, especially in rural areas.

He added that acts of violence frustrate women empowerment programs since most of them still hold scars of inferiority complex. This he says limits them from exploring opportunities that are aimed at improving their livelihoods. 

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Pacifici further says that cases of violence against women and girls were largely highlighted during the covid19 lock-down, living some households impoverished and unable to return their children to school.

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The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem said that the girl child empowerment outreach is an annual corroborative event between the Ministry, development partners and members of different foreign missions. It is aimed at highlighting the plight of women and girls.

Oryem further notes that such forums offer meaningful debates and long-lasting solutions aimed at fostering the emancipation of girls in decision-making processes, irrespective of their age.  

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