Ugandan women have been urged to acquire significant skills if they are to find jobs or remain relevant in the labour market.
This call was sounded last week at a workshop held at Protea hotel under the theme 21st Century Workforce Readiness Skills, to aise women how to position themselves in a fast-changing environment. It was organised by Action for Development (Acfode), a women’s aocacy non-government organisation.
Regina Bafaki, Acfode’s executive director, said the biggest challenges for women in the working environment were accessing, keeping and utilising the limited opportunities available.
“Women need to identify and acquire relevant skills at a personal, organisational and global level in order to position themselves for opportunities,” Bafaki said. She emphasised the need for IT skills in order to remain relevant in the global economy.
Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Ltd (Uweal)’s Harriet Tugume, called upon employed women to think of starting their own enterprises.
“Pick the skills today. So that when you leave your work, you can apply the skills in your enterprise,” she said.
She aised those who were still employed, but wanted to invest in business, to put their money in trades that do not need close supervision. “Entrepreneurs should get directly involved. The time of starting up is so crucial and very complicated. It’s one of the biggest challenges and it needs maximum attention,” she said. Tugume blamed high failure of start-ups on the lack of full-time supervision and involvement by entrepreneurs.
Source : The Observer