By Kabuye Ronald
The presiding Bishop for the Evangelical Orthodox Church (EOC) in Uganda Jacinto Kibuuka has appealed to government, donor agencies, non governmental organizations and embassies to put more funds in financially skilling and empowering women as opposed to contraceptive, and condom supply and artificial family planing measures.
Bishop Kibuuka asserts that poverty and lack of skills is the core cause of unwanted pregnancy, economic exclusion, gender based violence, child neglect, high rate school drop out, unemployment, HIV/AIDS high rate, harmful cultural practices, discrimination, criminality since poverty makes people vulnerable,hopeless and helpless.
He emphasized that once women are skilled and can sustain themselves and their children all their challenges shall be dealt away with automatically.
In the same way he decried of the high taxes on small scale industries and the proposed stamp duty tax of 50 million for the same.
He said the move once approved will greatly affect small scale industries which employ most of the women since most of them will close or cut on the number of their employees.
He however applauded government for the strives made so far in empowering women.
Meanwhile the chief guest at the Mamre international prayer center women’s day celebrations at Namugongo Janda, Dr Jennifer Twebaze Musoke the presidential adviser and member of National Council for higher education urged women and young girls to stop taking themselves as vulnerable people.
She said men use the weakness of being vulnerable to take advantage of those who consider themselves to be so thus a call to women to take courage, be hard workers and defenders of their rights but remain submissive and respectful to their husbands and employers.