The African Union (AU) has recognized Uganda for its ‘progressive policy on the promotion of gender equality and empowering women.’
The African Union introduced the African Gender Scorecard Awards to recognize African Union Member States with good progress in empowering women.
The Scorecard was introduced at the 25th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AU, held in South Africa, June 14 – 15, 2015, under the theme “Women’s Empowerment for the Realisation of Agenda 2063.’
The Minister of State for Elderly and Disability, Hon. Sulaiman Madada said that countries were given awards for progress on a selected number of indicators including women in politics and decision making: national parliament and cabinet; education: youth literacy, secondary and tertiary enrollment; and employment: labour force participation and employment in non-agricultural sectors.
“Uganda was recognized for having performed well in the political area, with 34% women representation in Parliament which is above the 30% target set in the Beijing Platform for Action on women,” he said adding that, “Uganda is also close to meeting the target of reducing maternal mortality by one third.”
The AU also recognized 22 other countries in the political category including Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique.
Hon. Madada reiterated government’s commitment to the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women, through among economic empowerment, education and literacy for women and the girl child; and ending gender based violence.
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said one of the government’s major achievements has been the empowerment of women hence liberating them and making them able to access resources and improve their wellbeing.
He said government would work with schools and communities to see that encumbrances such as lack of sanitary pads are resolved so as to reduce the number of girls failing to attend school.