WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS STILL RANKS LOW, REPORT

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By Kabuye Ronald
latest survey on how female are fairing in the national politics indicate that only 16% of the country’s leaders are female from lower to national level.
This is entailed in the UBOS report dubbed Women and Men in Uganda; Facts and figures 2016.
The report  however indicates that much of the 16% came as a result of affirmative action that is stipulated in the 1995 constitution. Only 2% of women who competed with men in the elections made it in the local council elections, 35% is the  women composition in Uganda’ parliament of which the biggest number came as a result of affirmative action.
The report highlights an increased interest in women participation in politics and this is attributed to increased community trust in women, collaboration amongst women, political party support and diverse and gender sensitive media. Despite the above the barriers still remain including election violence which scare away women from participating in the elections, male dominance, limited support to women’ leagues’, commercialization of politics, low literacy level and limited civic education about the importance of women participation in politics.
The report also revealed that males are doing better in income earning and in employments at all levels of education.
50% of the male are employed as opposed to 40% females of which most of the female are in self employments while males are more in paid employments.
The report further revealed that boys are more involved in child labor in the rural areas while girls are more involved in the urban areas.

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