WOMEN MPs and members of the civil society on Wednesday started a five-day journey of solidarity with a peace torch to South Sudan capital, Juba.
Parliament deputy speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who flagged off the women at Parliament, said, â€œWe would like to see women who have suffered for a long time return home when peace prevails.â€
â€œWe want peace now. Women of Uganda want peace and peace needs them,â€ the women chanted as Kadaga gave them the peace torch.
The women, under the Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association, were led by Winfred Matsiko.
They demanded that women be included on the peace negotiation teams.
Matsiko said, â€œWomen coming together shows that women want peace. We should be part and parcel of the peace negotiations teams. It is women who have suffered a lot. We urge all those on the peace teams to look at women with mercy.â€
Brought to Uganda by women leaders from Kenya and the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the torch arrived in Kampala on October 27 as a demonstration for global solidarity for peace in the north.
Peace torch off to Juba