Former Kenyan minister Karua to launch Ugandan Women Activists Center of Excellence

Stakeholders committed to women’s rights, gender and equality have finalized plans to establish a center of excellence in Uganda to extend support to all organizations working for the same cause.

Speaking to the press in Kampala, Patricia Munaabi, the Executive Director of Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) revealed that they will use this year’s annual Women’s Day celebrations for the inauguration of the Center for women of Imara which will be a sanctuary of learning, sharing and a common goal for all women and girls.

“When completed, this center will provide a safe and empowering space, support activism for zero acceptance of sexual and gender-based violence, facilitate networks and connections to foster unity for equality and women’s rights” , said Munaabi.

She noted that the same center will bring together policy makers on reforms to ensure women’s right to full participation in the economy.

“Imara is a Swahili word for bold, strong and firm. On March 7, 2022, we will inaugurate the Imara Women’s Center in Kasangati City Council with our keynote guest, Hon. Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician and social justice advocate. She is a former justice minister and a former presidential aspirant,” Munaabi said.

Solome Nakaweesi, acting chairman of the construction committee, revealed that the whole construction process will cost $7.8 million over a period of 3 to 5 years.

“This center will have a center for creativity and innovation, a women’s museum, leisure facilities such as hotels, libraries and a wellness center that will help civil society actors who do not have enough resources to relax the mind,” she added.

This year’s International Women’s Celebrations will be held under the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future” on March 8, 2022.

According to Munaabi, Uganda has recorded an increased number of women in decision-making positions in the political, administrative and management sectors, mainly due to the conducive legal and policy framework.

“The number of women Members of National Parliament (MP) increased from 38 (14%) in 1989-1996 to 131 (35%) in 2011 – 2016. Special seats for women in Parliament have enabled Uganda to exceed the 30% target set in the Beijing Platform for Action,” she added.