NRM deputy taskforce spokesperson and analyst, Mary Mutesi, has warned women not to lose their feminine instincts in the pursuit of politics
“Participating in party politics shouldn’t mean that one loses touch with their female instinct,” she argues.
She said some women leaders today get swallowed up in politics.
“They fear that focusing on women’s issues will cost them male votes,” Mutesi said Monday while appearing on NBS TV morning breeze.
According to her, the country still needs affirmative action as far as women are concerned.
“Many assume that we no longer need it given achievements. Just because we are seeing a few women in key positions shouldn’t mean that we no longer need affirmative action.”
She said gender-specific challenges exist on; they have just changed face and affect even supposedly empowered women.
“There was a time when the women’s cause was more vocal than it is today.”
She observed that women groups such as the Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) lost direction even on laws affecting women.
“PWDs, youth still have electoral colleges that ensure candidates focus; we need to rethink the voting procedure for women.”
On health, Mutesi says the priority when it comes to stocking health centers should be given to those issues that affect women.
The argument, she notes, shouldn’t be about numbers but how to avoid obvious causes of maternal deaths.
“Many women end up doing certain courses because that is what the family can afford. Fewer people study out of passion.”
She pointed out that it is always quite ironic that in some places, the security guards are kinder than the woman at the front desk.
According to her, talent identification should be done at an early stage to groom passion if the country is to have better service delivery.
Mutesi says women shouldn’t be “throwing around the fact that they are women” to excel but should work hard (excellence).
“A lot needs to change. Many women would rather deliver at the hands of a man than a woman. Why is that?”