Tuesday June 17 2014

Gender equality key to growth - UN official


KAMPALA- The government should ensure gender equality to attain a middle income status envisaged in the 2040 Development Plan, a United Nations’ official has said.

Ms Anna Mutavati, the UN Deputy Women representative, on Friday said: “Gender inequality needs to be addressed through stand-alone interventions…we need to ensure coherent pillars by holding sectors accountable to explicit budget field allocations and monitoring… we want the constituents we stand for, (women) to be part of this growth we are talking about.”

She made the remarks at a consultative meeting with several civil society organisations (CSOs) in Kampala.

She urged the organisations not only to highlight the agendas of women in towns but make the voices of rural women heard.

“To you our csos partners, the same challenge is how beyond Kampala are we ensuring the same consultative workshops also take place. How are we ensuring that the voices of the most marginalised communities are also taken into account?” she asked.

Ms Jane Sanyu Mpagi, the director, Gender and Community Development, asked CSOs and development partners to harmonise and prioritise gender issues in line with national priorities.