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Women still lagging behind – Govt report

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th June 2008 03:00 AM

MORE interventions should be made to attain realistic gender equality, according to a new Government-sanctioned study. It covered the progress women have made in five sectors in the country. These were health, education, agriculture, roads, justice, law and order.

By Conan Businge

MORE interventions should be made to attain realistic gender equality, according to a new Government-sanctioned study. It covered the progress women have made in five sectors in the country. These were health, education, agriculture, roads, justice, law and order.

The report noted that women were considered to have benefited more than men from government-run programmes on health and education, but still lagged behind. It noted that men remained dominant in agriculture, roads, justice, law, and order.

The review, entitled Evaluation of Gender Processes and Outcomes in Uganda’s Poverty Alleviation Action Plan, was conducted at national and local levels. The findings were last week presented in Kampala.

The report was based on qualitative analysis, which involved interviews. It did not present statistics. In health, it was noted that women achieved direct benefits like access to anti-retroviral treatment.

“There is improved child health care and immunisation. Men are not benefiting from government programmes to the same degree because they are generally less concerned about their health.”

Gender state minister Rukia Isanga said the Equal Opportunities Commission would be established this year “to give more force in attaining gender equality.”

The report recommends that districts should include gender issues in the design and delivery of development plans.

Women still lagging behind – Govt report

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