As the country marks the international Women’s day , Ugandan women have been hailed for being exceptional in the country’s fight against the global COVID -19 pandemic.
“Women have provided leadership at all levels from the top national level down to the household. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic women have put up a determined effort to ensure that people under their care remained safe and healthy,” Minister of ICT and National Guidance , Ms. Judith Nabakooba stated in her weekly media briefing .
While making reference to the images of women in the markets and make shift restaurants who slept at their workplace at the peak of the pandemic , Nabakooba noted that such women demonstrated strength of character, resilience and the love of their families.
“There is no doubt that Uganda survived the worst effects of COVID-19 because of the sacrifice that women put in.”
Nabakooba , however regrated to note that the COVID-19 period has seen a big increase in domestic violence cases all throughout the country. “Almost 80% of all these cases have involved women as the victims,” she added.
The minister said that as the country celebrates this year’s Women’s Day, government is going to tap into the unique power of women to champion the COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Some of these interventions include the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program, Skilling of women and building capacity to establish value addition centers, Emyooga programs at the sub county, Operation Wealth Creation, the Agricultural Credit Facility among others.
Nabakooba also said that government through the ICT ministry will continue to support women to embrace ICTs and connect them to the regional and international markets
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