TWENTY-FIVE countries have so far confirmed that they would participate in the eighth Commonwealth Women Affairs Meeting.
Moses Mulondo reports that the meeting will be held from June 11 to 14 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.
Gender minister Syda Bbumba said the Government had earmarked over sh1.4b for the meeting. â€œWe made adjustments to address issues which were not up to the desired levels. For instance, we established that the ICT facilities needed to be enhanced to ensure that hotspots are available all over the place and the band width is increased to four megabytes.â€
Addressing journalists at the Media Centre yesterday, Bbumba announced that the meeting would focus on managing gender equality for development and democracy.
Held after every three years, the meeting brings together women affairs ministers from Commonwealth countries.
To highlight the various development issues the meeting will cover, Bbumba has launched a song composed by local artiste Joanita Kawalya on gender equality, poverty eradication and good governance.
While Bbumba will chair the meeting, the state minister for gender, Rukia Isanga Nakadama, will lead the Ugandan delegation, which is already undergoing orientation. President Yoweri Museveni will open the meeting before the Commonwealth secretary general, Don McKinnon, delivers the keynote address.
Gender chiefs meet