By Solomon Oleny
Tooro Queen mother Best Kemigisa has been endorsed as the Ugandan Patron of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through services and advocacy as launched on February 21st at Serena Hotel, Kampala.
While presiding over the launch of Zonta Kampala, the first chapter of the organisation in Uganda-as attended by over 40 Zonta representatives and 20 diplomats from all over the world, Gloriastene Agboola the continental governor of Zonta highlighted that Zonta’s endorsement of Kemigisa was inspired by the queen mothers zeal for uplifting women.
“Inspired by Kemigisa’s passion for women, Zonta thought it wise to honour her as its Patron with the intent of achieving the realisation of its vision of a world where women’s rights are recognized as human rights and, every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to education, health care, legal and economic resources on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.” said Agboola.
Kemigisa cutting cake with some of the Zonta executives. ( L-R) Hellen Mutono, Best Kemigisa, Gloriastenne Agboola and Nanou-Leenesomme
However, this isn’t the first time Kemigisa is being honoured for her zeal for women, last September she was elected as the continental president of the African Queen and Women Cultural Leaders Network (AQWCLN), an organization that was launched by President Museveni who is its patron-to brings together all women cultural leaders to leverage children and women at grass roots.
In her acceptance speech, Kemigisa assured that AQWCLN will partner with Zonta from the word go-in the quest to advance and uplift women and the girl child.
“Together, we shall join hands and fight to uplift the living conditions of women and children in Africa and the world in general,” pledged Kemigisa
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Mary Karooro Okurut and the director of community development, Jane Sanyu Mpagi welcomed Zonta to Uganda, highlighting that majority of women around the country are still marginalised.
“On behalf of the Government of Uganda, I hereby appeal to Zonta to give women wings so they can explore and expand their ability.” Mpagi appealed.
According to the president elect of Zonta Kampala, Hellen Mutoni, Zonta will center its operations around Kampala with its prime focus being availing free health care and education to women especially the less advantage living in the slums.
Thereafter, it will spread its network around the country by establishing regional branches beginning with Mbale in the East, Arua in the North and subsequently other regions