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Donata Komuhangi leading the Karusandara craft women group says rural women are leaders in agriculture and food security but continue to lack financial independence.
Women groups show casing some of the products they make, during the International rural women's day in Kasese

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Women in the rural areas of Kasese District are asking government to inject some money in rural women groups and offer them mind-set trainings. 

The women argue that most rural women groups are struggling while many others are collapsing due to the absence of sustainable financing.

They also note that a number of rural women are detached from realities of women emancipation. 

The women made the call while in Karusandara sub county as they celebrated the International Rural Women's Day in a low key event held on Thursday evening. Internationally however, the day had been celebrated on Wednesday, under the theme; Building Rural Women's Resilience in the Wake of Covid-19.

The day is aimed at recognizing the role of rural women in development. 

Donata Komuhangi, leading the Karusandara craft women group, says rural women are key in agriculture and food security but continue to lack financial independence.

She suggests the need for government to adequately support rural women groups so that they can boost their financial base.

“When a rural woman has no financial independence, it always triggers violence in families because she doesn’t have any control on resources  she contribute to in a home..” Komuhangi notes 

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Grace Kembabazi from Hima bakery group says most rural women are stuck to their old traditional roles of cooking and raising children. 

She argues that with support, the rural women can have impact across all sectors of development despite their rural setting. 

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Agnes Mfiteabasaza from Kasese central women poultry farmer’s association says if rural women had equal access to productive resources they would be economically independent, but hastens to add that lack of skills and finance knowledge slows their advancement.

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Elder Clemensia Kemigisha remins government that most rural women unlike their counterparts in urban centres they are the major providers for families.  

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Tuhumwire John Hebert, the programs officer Uganda women entrepreneurship program (UWEP) in charge of western Uganda, says they have been partnering with ministry of gender and UN Agency for Equity and Women Empowerment to financially support women groups across the country. 

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Peace Mutuzo the state minister of gender acknowledges that rural women remain without control on resources numerical strength.

Mutuzo however told Uganda radio network that government has prioritised efforts to improve the economic status of all Ugandans especially women.  

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