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Women Shun Women's Day Festivities in Moroto :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Women Shun Women's Day Festivities in Moroto

Women in Moroto district shunned the International Women\'s Day celebrations citing inadequate emancipation in Karamoja.

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Women in Moroto district shunned the International Women’s Day celebrations citing inadequate emancipation in Karamoja.

 

On Friday Moroto joined other countries worldwide to observe the women’s day. The theme of the occasion was, The Gender Agenda: Connecting Grassroots Women to Development.” 

 

As part of the activities, women marched through Moroto town for a kilometer to Naitakwae village where the celebrations were held.

 

However, most women in the neigbouring villages turned down the chance to appear at the festival.

 

Anna Madelina, a housewife in Katamukono village, Moroto Municipality says she does not know what women’s day means for her life. She explains that women continue to suffer social forceful isolation in Karamoja. She adds that women in the sub region also receive little economic assistance from their husbands and government. She notes that the celebrations mean nothing to her because life remains the same.

 

Maria Lomuria, a resident of Naitakwae village, says rape and defilement are never reported in the sub region for fear of being killed and shame. She explains that two offences have greatly contributed to escalation of HIV/Aids in Karamoja. She adds that women are at a crossroad in Karamoja formerly characterized by cattle rustling and armed conflict.

 

Grace Aliat, a woman activist, tells Uganda Radio Network that Karimojong should not be so defensive with culture. She prays that embrace women emancipation so that families can develop in the future.

 

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Moses Lokoroi, the Senior Community Development Officer Moroto, urges parents to send girl children to school. He notes that education is the only way a person can realize their potential. He encourages the men to entrench democratic strategies in family affairs as the only way gender equity can be achieved.

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