President Museveni on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, presided over the International Women’s Day celebrations held at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala.
“On this day, we remember all women of Uganda for their contribution to national development in different ways,” said the president who was accompanied by First Lady, Hon Janet Kataaha Museveni.
He said the majority of women till the land to sustain their families or work as laborers in commercial agriculture and in the informal sector.
“Women are providing care for the sick in health units and at home, they are selling produce in markets, teaching young ones, serving in the Armed Forces and many professional fields,” he noted.
“Today, we recognize all of them for their contribution towards our achievement as a country. I am pleased that the theme selected for commemorating this year’s Women’s Day “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” stresses the fact that what we achieved in gender equality and women’s empowerment is the basis for securing sustainable development and a sustainable future.”
Museveni said the focus now is to take advantage of the gains in women’s empowerment to strengthen the efforts for tackling and mitigating the impact of climate change and environmental degradation.
He said the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government placed the emancipation of women at the forefront of its agenda and the benefits of the supportive policies and laws are evident today.
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 socio-economic development, he pointed out.
“I wish all of you and your families joyful celebrations as we remember the achievements attained for the women of Uganda and look forward to a sustainable future of prosperity.”