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Women told to take up leadership positions

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 11th January 2019 07:14 PM

Justine Kasule Lumumba, holds the highest position as the NRM secretary general.

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The executive director of Women Leadership Development, Edith Ssali (L) chatting with Forum for Democratic Change spokesperson Women League, Sarah Eperu. PHOTO: Violet Nabatanzi

Justine Kasule Lumumba, holds the highest position as the NRM secretary general.

 
Women have been urged to come out and claim leadership positions in the main political parties in the country.
 
There are a few of women in the leadership of the main political parties such as the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), Democratic Party (DP) and Justice Forum (JEEMA).
 
Justine Kasule Lumumba, holds the highest position as the NRM secretary general, while Salaam Musumba is one of the most prominent woman in the FDC party and works as the Eastern Region party vice president.
 
However, according to activists from Women Leadership Development (WLEDE), the top leadership position in political parties are being dominated by men, violating the principle of equity in the leadership structure of these parties.
 
“Women’s participation in political leadership is very low, this is because majority of them fear to compete for top positions in their respective parties,” Edith Ssali, the WLEDE executive director said in Kampala recently. 
 
Jennifer Bitalabeho, the chair Governance Board WLEDE said if women don’t go into leadership positions, they will not enjoy all the things they are lobbing for because nobody will advocate for them.
 
Forum for Democratic Change Sarah Eperu said women shun most of the political positions right from grassroots, adding that there is a need to have a deliberate and sustainable effort to make sure that women at every level take up key positions.
 
"The population of women is about 52%. Unfortunately there are few women in political positions. We need at every level to train women so that their issues are taken as a priority," she said.
 
Established in 2012, WLEDE intends to enhancing leadership capacity of women so that they are able to contribute to the development of the nation.

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