Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has rebuked a minister for delaying to publish a report.
Addressing the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at Hotel Africana in Kampala, held on Wednesday, Rebecca Kadaga castigated the minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Janat Mukwaya, for failure to present a report on the outcomes of the last CEDAW 2010 on how to stop discrimination of women.
‘’I am disappointed of the absence of the minister and the failure to give a report to Parliament for almost seven years,” she said.
The speaker observed that there is no law that actualises the economic rights of women of Uganda, for example, they are mistreated on Kampala streets while selling their goods to earn money.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, said: “The minister should be pressurized to pass out a report to Parliament to know where Uganda stands in the fight against women’s discrimination as well as to introduce a new law that increase the voices of women.”
The IPU representative, Marianna Duarte, however, recognized the great role played by Uganda in the region to overcome all forms of discrimination. She said that Uganda had improved the maternal conditions of women, reduced cases of death among new-born babies and noted the role played by women entrepreneurs.
“Experts say we have realized a number of positive outcomes like abolition of some cultural practices that discriminate women for example women circumcision,” Duarte added.
She urged Ugandans to put in more power in fighting inequality of women in the family, violence against women and girls and ensuring full advancement of women in all sectors. She requested Ugandans to ensure that the public gets aware of women’s rights through public institutions like schools and churches.