Women Leaders in Mbale district Receive 10 Heifers

President hands over heifers to women leaders in Mbale

Women Leaders in Mbale district Receive 10 Heifers

Ten women leaders from Mbale district received ten (10) in-calf heifers under the Presidential initiative for wealth creation among women leaders across the country through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).

The 10 heifers are part of the 60 in-calf heifers H.E the President Yoweri Museveni pledged to the women leaders in Bugisu Sub Region as one of the initiatives to uplift the well-being of women in the country.

The cows were handed over to the beneficiaries by President Yoweri Museveni during the celebrations for International Women’s Day 2020 that took place in Maluku Administration grounds Mbale District.

On the 8th of March 2020, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day under the theme “celebrating 25 years of the 1995 constitution milestones on promoting Gender Equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda”.

The theme was selected in recognition of the role that women play in society. Women and girls constitute the majority of the population and as such require special attention to eliminate challenges that hinder not only their individual progress but the entire country.

NAADS Board Members with beneficiaries of Heifers in Mbale

NAADS Board members with the beneficiaries of the 10 heifers in Mbale

In his speech, the President who was the Chief Guest emphasized the need to economically empower women in order to eliminate gender-based violence. The President said it is not easy for a husband to beat an economically independent woman.

He also urged women to get economically empowered through the four sectors that include commercial agriculture, industries, services, and ICT as well as public service that has limited slots for employment.

The President said the NRM government has strived to support as well as emancipate women and girl child by introducing technologies that reduce their labor like the fetching of water from distant water points carrying pots on their heads or looking for firewood in the bushes.

Since 2014, Government through NAADS has distributed more than 170,000 dairy cattle mainly targeting the women and the youth for food security and improved household incomes.

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