THE Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda has urged women in Buganda to take on leadership positions in the forthcoming elections as a way of empowering themselves
By Jacquiline Emodek
THE Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda has urged women in Buganda to take on leadership positions in the forthcoming elections as a way of empowering themselves.
The Nnabagereka said there is a lot of importance in empowering a woman because when you empower her, the effects trickle down and empower everyone.
In a speech read by the wife to the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese, Faith Luwalira, the Nnabagereka also urged women to embrace the saving culture.
“Get saving boxes because one by one is what makes Buganda,” she said.
Luwalira was addressing women who had gathered at Hotel Africana for the second Buganda Women’s convention organized by the ministry for Gender and community development of the Kingdom of Buganda to commemorate women’s day.
This year’s theme mirrored the national theme which is ‘Progress for women is progress for all'.
The inaugural Buganda women's convention held last year highlighted the rising poverty levels among women as well as limited land access and financial resources which limit their effective participation especially at village levels.
Christine Mugerwa Kasule, the minister for Gender and community development in the Buganda kingdom said these findings are what informed this year's convention which focused on women's leadership and economic empowerment.
Kasule urged women in leadership positions to use them to fight for the rights of fellow women.
“It is important that women take on leadership roles however when you lead, you should care about your fellow women,” she said.
Justice Esther Kisaakye, justice of the supreme court of Uganda and the Keynote speaker at the occasion, encouraged women to have the audacity to lead and not to conform.
“It is not uncommon for some women to sit in meetings and secretly disagree with the popular consensus but this is not how things should be done, you should let people know your thoughts, ask questions and lead,” she said.
Rose Namayanja Nsereko, the treasurer of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) said that women should have self confidence in order for people to accept them as leaders.
“Have your goals, do a SWOT analysis such that you have competitive advantage over your opponents,” she said.
Namayanja however warned women against letting their leadership roles interfere with their wifely duties and the respect they are supposed to accord their husbands.
“You should not mix leadership by thinking that because you are a minister you are also the minister at home, men are the heads of the home and we are the necks; our role is to give the heads direction as it rotates,” she noted.
Buganda women urged to take on leadership roles