Activists to front female candidates for elective posts in 2016

stronKAMPALA- stronWomen activists have said they will front women candidates for leadership positions in the 2016 general elections.

Addressing a press conference at the Forum for Women in Democracy(FOWODE) ahead of the Women in Politics Conference which starts today at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Ms Patricia Munabi, the executive director of FOWODE, said it was important for all political groups in the country to respect the rights of women.

“As the politicking starts in 2016, we need to make sure that our issues are at the centre of conversations in all political parties. We want to assess the progress made and lay strategies on how we continue to amplify our issues. We need to present ourselves for leadership.”

Women currently make 52 per cent of Uganda’s population but only 42 per cent are in public service posts compared to 58 per cent men.

stronAgendastron“We will impress it upon Ugandans that real development can only be realised when women’s issues are recognised as Uganda’s development issues,” Ms Munabi said.

She said the two-day conference would discuss and make known the demands of women to the various stakeholders, including the government and political parties.

The conference will be opened by the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Ms Margaret Nantongo Zziwa.

In the run-up to the 2011 elections, women activists organised the Women in Politics Conference in June, 2010 to present women’s concerns and make known their demands to political parties.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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