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High Level Women’s Conference
Gender is significant in all spheres of leadership development but oftentimes is given less attention/oversite recognition of their efforts to positive leadership impact and development. Women particularly pay a high price for the lack of participation in leadership planning, in time spent accessing water for domestic or agricultural uses, processing and marketing food and other agricultural or non-farm products, collecting firewood, and reaching health services for themselves and their families. This ‘time poverty’ limits their ability to develop or access complementary sources of income. Women’s rise in leadership positions greatly influences other Women programmes and participation in leadership planning.
Traditionally, women have been sidelined from decision making and leadership positions, with their roles gazetted as being “housewives”. The belief was that women cannot measure up to the challenges and expectations of leadership. Government Hitherto under the able leadership of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of Uganda has demystified such ‘traditional mantras’, deliberate efforts have been taken to empower women through the 1995 constitution and other legislations. Under the Presidents able leadership, the percentage of women in the cabinet has increased from 27% to 43%. Today, women hold 46% of local government positions, 33% of parliamentary seats and 43% of the cabinet positions. A significant number of legal reforms have also been won and this is no mean achievement. It is a well-known fact that women are catalysts for meaningful change on the African continent. Women in leadership positions will be critical in leading the African continent into the new wave of future Economic development.