“Gender equality is a responsibility of all”: Healthy debate at the Women Leadership and Sustainable Development Conference in Kampala

November 22, 2016 · Jämställdhet/Kvinnor/News · No comments

Last week, Vi Agroforestry hosted the Women Leadership and Sustainable Development Conference in Kampala. Representatives from ministries, farmers’ organisations, NGOs, women associations, research institutions and universities came together to discuss how gender equality can improve the livelihoods for Uganda’s farmers.

Henrik Brundin, Deputy CEO, Vi Agroforestry, gave the opening remarks for the conference in Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda on the 16-17th November 2016. Henrik Brundin, Deputy CEO, Vi Agroforestry, gave the opening remarks for the conference in Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda on the 16-17th November 2016.

During two interesting days, the participants listened, debated and discussed on the topics of gender equality for sustainable livelihoods. The position of women empowerment in Uganda was presented, as well as the status for women in leadership at regional and national levels. Also the inclusion of women in leadership was discussed as well as instruments addressing the participation of women and leaders. Challenges such as the barriers to women’s leadership in farmer organisations was discussed as well as favorable changes we want to see in the future in farmer organisations of Uganda.

Among the speakers where Hon. Miria Matembe, former Minister Ethics and Integrity / Women activist who said that: “Gender equality is a responsibility of all. Affirmative action was not given to us as women, we earned it.”

Also the Swedish Embassy in Uganda was represented. Johan Bergqvist, First Secretary Democracy and Human Rights & Gender, stated that: ”Gender equality is good for development and it is good for all of us. Gender equality will contribute to the prosperity of a society.”

Elizabeth Nsimadala, from Uganda Cooperative Alliance was impressed with the outcome of the conference, saying that: “We have all been newly baptized today. Can you imagine what would happen if what we have heard today would have been told in many other events?”

Muwanga Susan Nassuna, Repesentative from the Ministry of Gender shared reflections on the status for women in leadership at regional and national levels. Muwanga Susan Nassuna, Repesentative from the Ministry of Gender shared reflections on the status for women in leadership at regional and national levels.
Sara Dahl, Vi Agroforestry Country Manager in Uganda gave the closing remarks Sara Dahl, Vi Agroforestry Country Manager in Uganda gave the closing remarks at the Women Leadership and Sustainable Development Conference in Kampala.
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