The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has advised rural communities to shun primitive cultural practices that abuse the rights of children especially the girl child.
While speaking at the Women’s’ Day Celebrations in Kamuli and later in Nyakasharara in Kiruhura district, Kadaga noted that domestic violence and early marriages have contributed grossly to the high school dropout rates among girls in the rural communities.
“During our evaluation of the progress attained on Millennium Development Goals, it was noted that progress in some areas had been very slow during the last twenty years. We need to work together to bring an end to gender based violence and also ensure the education of the girl child,” she told audience.
The Speaker advised parents and community leaders to fight the practice of early marriages which has denied many girls a bright future in school. She appealed to the men to treat women as partners and not subordinates in their homes.
Rt. Hon. Kadaga rallied women to engage more in income generating activities to support their families and insulate themselves against gender based violence.
She announced that government would soon roll out the Women Economic Empowerment Fund approved by President Museveni to improve the welfare of women across the country.
She urged local governments to support women by improving access to fresh water facilities and energy saving cooking technology to reduce on environmental degradation, and improve their health.
The Women of Kiruhura district decried high levels of gender based violence.
Ms. Olive Kazarwe, the Chairperson of the Districts Women’s Council said many of the women engaged in income generating activities had no control over their income.