Glamour enticed revelers to Ngamba Island as thousands celebrated the Womanhood Native travel festival in Mukono district.
Under the theme “Women naturing Nature” this time the Native Travel Festival was carried on a boat cruise in a fan packed event that saw revelers dock to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The event saw performances from vocalist Ssali Hytham Muserebende who in several numbers passed out a message of humanity as well as celebrating Woman-hood.
The celebrating womanhood awards ceremony was organised by Native Travel Festival as one of the annual activities held to mark International Women’s Day.
The executive director of Native travel festival, Sarah Nsigaye, said the awards event seeks to celebrate achievements realised in the struggle for women empowerment, highlighting women’s success stories and provide network opportunities.
The Awards are named after gallant women such as, Wangari Maathai, Fatuma Abdurallai, Joan Kagezi, Sarah Ntiro, Miria Matembe and Yvonne Namaganda. Others are Lily Ajarova, Victoria Sekitoleko, Sadia Ali and Malala Yousfazai.
Nsigaye said the awardees were identified through inviting women and civic society organisations to nominate potential candidates per category.
“We also monitored media reports for potential candidates. From the forwarded names, we select three candidates per category. It is from these candidates that representatives of at least 50 women and civic institutions vote the winners,” she said.
Uganda is a leader in Sub-Saharan Africa, in recognizing linkages between economic growth and gender issues. These linkages are critical for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Men and women both play substantial, albeit different, economic roles in the Ugandan economy. Each contributes about 50 percent of GDP, and women represent 39 percent of businesses with registered premises.
The winners in various categories
Henry Kasozi got the Victoria Sekitoleko Award, Wangai Maatha Award- Pauline Nantongo, Yvone Namaganda award-Brian Gumusiriz and Mama Sadia Award- Diana Atwine.
The Sarah Ntiro Award went to Luzira women prison wing, the Joan Kagezi Award – Justice Catherine Bamugemerire, while John Nagenda got the Miria Matembe Award. Godiver Businge scooped the Lily Ajarova award, Malala Yousafzai award- Proscovia Namujju, Jvj Award-Given Kayondo, the Dorcus Inzikiru award went to Patricia Opolot, while Joan Lule took home the Abdullai Fatimah Award.