COMMON WEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE KICKS OFF IN KAMPALA AS SPEAKER KADAGA CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION OF MEN TO EMPOWER WOMEN
Mrs. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament yesterday opened the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference and called upon the more than 200 women delegates to involve men as strategic partners for the emancipation of women at all levels.
Kadaga stressed the importance of involving women in leadership roles to tackle the challenges of discrimination, poverty , climate change and empowering the girl child. This she, however ,noted can not be achieved without bringing the men on board.
“The women gathered here should recruit the men to join in this struggle , We should not accept retrogression of women empowerment which is being reported in some commonwealth countries,” she stated .
The well attended forum which is part of the on going 64th Commonwealth Parliamentarians Conference is being held at the lake side beautiful Munyoyo Resort in Kampala Uganda. Several workshops were held on day one and they included among others ,the meeting of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Meeting of the CPA small Branches Steering Committee and the Meeting of the CPA Regional Secretaries.
Several Ugandan innovators and entrepreneurs are showcasing their products including Uganda’s flagship for the automotive industry ,Kiira Motors Corporation that is exhibiting their hybrid vehicle the Kiira EVS also known as the BEAST.
Over one thousand delegates from the 54 Commonwealth countries are in Kampala to attend the historic meeting the second to be held in Uganda since 1969.
At least Twenty speakers and deputy speakers of national and provincial ,some regional speakers, although not members of the Commonwealth, which brings together former colonies and territories of the British and admitted countries, are expected to attend the conference scheduled for 22 – 29 September 2019.
The week long event commenced with conferences of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and Small Branches from jurisdictions with a population of up to 500,000 people discussing problems and the operation of diplomatic systems in their areas.
Presiding officers, who arrived include: Lesotho, Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Bangladesh, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Virgin Islands, The Gambia, Malta, Fiji, Bermuda, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, the Gambia and Zambia.
Delegations have arrived from all nine regions of the Commonwealth including Africa, India, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean, Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic, Canada, Pacific, South East Asia.