Uganda Decides, 2021: Field report by Bukenya Muusa, January 25th, 2021
Women will continue to play a major role in local and regional government, ensuring women’s voices are included! The impact of elections in the year 2021 has not been easy given that COVID-19 and political violence continues to threaten democracy and the health of the nation. This however, did not scare off WGEF women leaders and candidates; instead it provided strength to continue the leadership journey. 25 leadership development program participants were courageous, committed and participated and contested for elected positions to represent their communities, regions, and the nation.
We are pleased to announced 21 women from our program have been elected and entrusted with leadership roles. What is clear is that women are identified with natural gift of good communication skills and budgeting skills thus putting them at high position of trust with such roles when prepared and encouraged.
Women continue to invest and show interest in politics by turning up in big numbers to vote of which it was clearly observed in almost all polling stations. This highlights the importance of leadership and value of choosing their own trusted leaders, thus they turn up to support their fellow women to represent them in leadership through voting.
“If I have been able to be elected to the division council, I’m sure many women can only they need a little support and encouragement” says Prisca.
In 2021, we are prepared to engage, lobby, network and pass policies that with change the many unequal gender norms and those that affects the social life of every individual. This is the only opportunity to develop our community, we are grateful for the training and support from WGEF
– Bukenya Muusa, WGEF Program Director