President Museveni said International Women's Day (1)
President Museveni delivered these remarks at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in commemoration of International Women's Day. PHOTO/TWITTER

As the leader of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), President Museveni said International Women’s Day has been an important day since 1991 when it became a national holiday.

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday that since International Women’s Day became a national holiday in 1991, Uganda’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) has been at the forefront of supporting women’s social, economic and political empowerment. 

Mr Museveni made the remarks at the occasion to mark the International Women’s Day held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. 

He said they placed the emancipation of women at the forefront of all NRM’s agendas and the benefits of the supportive policies and laws are now beginning to show.

“This has been achieved through a supportive legal and policy framework as well as setting up programmes that provide women and all community members with the required services for improved livelihoods and wellbeing,” Museveni said.

“One of the key milestones of this government was the promulgation of the 1995 Constitution which ushered in provisions for women’s increased participation in political leadership and recognition of their roles in social economic development.”

The president who was quick to remind Ugandans about ‘Vision 2040’ said the government aims to see a transformed nation where all men and women are accorded the opportunity to participate as equal partners in development.  

He noted that it will even be paramount for the nation to see an end to all forms of gender inequalities as a prerequisite for accelerating and sustaining socio-economic transformation.

Uganda, under the NRM Government, will continue to treat women and men as equal partners in development right from household to national level,” Museveni noted.

“These areas of progress for women set a firm foundation for ensuring a sustainable future, hence Government’s priority programmes and interventions provide opportunities for women to consolidate the 6 gains so far achieved,” he added.

He further raised the issue of the Parish Development Model (PDM) that he launched last week. Museveni explained that this is one area where women have a critical role to play to ensure its stability.

PDM was brought to play to support poverty eradication among family enterprises with a focus extended to all parishes around the country. According to Museveni, one of the main sectors to be a target is agriculture which employs more women than men.

 “Under the specialized pillars of the programme, duplication will be avoided and available resources will be utilized efficiently. Mobilization of SACCOs is already ongoing and this will facilitate organized production and marketing. Modernizing agriculture; The Agriculture sector is the largest employer with females at 73.1% and males at 63.0%. ”

”The predominant rainfed agriculture is not sustainable, especially in areas prone to drought. The government has introduced irrigation systems to support food production and security. The Government will provide direct support to 68% of the population to get out of subsistence farming. Our focus is to get every woman and man out,” Museveni explained.

Meanwhile, this year’s Women’s Day was organized under the theme ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’.