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We need to be organised- Women activist
Wednesday, 1st October 2014

(Left- right) Center for Basic Research (CBR) Executive Director, Josephine Ahikire, Uganda Women Network Executive Director, Ritah Aciro, Uganda Law Reform Commission senior legal officer, Lillian Kiwanuka and Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention Executive Director, Tina Musuya chatting during the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID)/ Center for Basic Research (CBR) public event on gender and Political Settlement at the Center for Basic Research Kampala offices on September 25, 2014.

Women activists have been asked to form an organized front to advocate for their causes other than having several voices speaking differently.

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\r\n This was said by Jane Alisemera Babiiha (former Bundibugyo MP) during a gender and political settlement event at Center for basic research, in Kololo.

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\r\n “We must re-organize ourselves as women movement and start speaking consistently as one otherwise everything we say is not heard by the executive and the woman movement is not moving forward,” she said.

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\r\n She also noted that these days they are no longer those tough female voices who used to make it uncomfortable for the Government because people fear tear-gas and going to prison.

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\r\n “Those days we used to go to City square and speak our minds but these days different groups hold their meetings under trees and hotels, they no-longer push for our needs, they just push for what they want. Even the female members of parliament have not helped us because they fear to lose elections. They are only focusing on their bread,” she said.\r\n Alisemera said that unless women stop fighting themselves, they will not achieve a lot.

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“We were able to pass the domestic act under a male speaker, how come we have failed to pass any gender issue under the female speaker?” she asked.

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\r\n During the event, Ritah Aciro, the Executive Director of Uganda Women’s Network said that they are failing because most organizations focus more on passing laws than listening to citizens.

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\r\n “Many women are capable of moving things but they do not put at forefront the individuals whom they speak for. If we want to be strong again, we need to believe in ourselves and do away with the division among ourselves. The government should also come out and help us,” she said.

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\r\n Addressing participants, Josephine Ahikire, the Executive Director of Center for Basic Research urged fellow women to start using strong personalities to push for their causes.

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\r\n “Personality is key in this system. Let us get relevant information, and have a good relationship with the public, we still have the power, let us not be silent,” she advised.

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\r\n Participants asked women activist to push for constitution translation to different local languages because so many people do not understand it.

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\r\n They just hear that the constitution says but they do not understand what it says.\r\n \r\n \r\n The event was attended by various ministers, MPs, company executives, entrepreneurs, academicians, and dignitaries representing foreign countries.

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We need to be organised- Women activist

1st, October 2014

Women activists have been asked to form an organized front to advocate for their causes other than having several voices speaking differently.

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\r\n This was said by Jane Alisemera Babiiha (former Bundibugyo MP) during a gender and political settlement event at Center for basic research, in Kololo.

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