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{UAH} Kigozi condemns murders of women in Wakiso district

Kigozi condemns murders of women in Wakiso district

By Vivian Agaba

Added 4th August 2017 04:46 PM

Recently, two women, Rose Nakimuli, 27, a resident of Nkumba Central, Wakiso district was found naked and a stick inserted in her genitals.

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Ambassador SDG Magie Kigozi addressing journalists during the press conference at FOWODE offices Kampala on August 02, 2017. Photos by Godiver Asege

Margie Kigozi, the former executive director of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has condemned the recent murders of some women in Wakiso, saying it an abuse of human rights, and if not addressed, the murders could increase. 

She called on Police to intensify security in the district. 

"As women activists, we condemn the brutal murders of those women. We call upon the police to deploy more security personnel into the district to protect its residents from further murders, but also do thorough investigations and bring culprits to book," she said.

She was responding to several questions from journalists related to rights of women and girls during a press conference held at Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) main offices in Ntinda on Wednesday.

Recently, two women, Rose Nakimuli, 27, a resident of Nkumba Central, Wakiso district was found naked and a stick inserted in her genitals. 

In that same week, a 17-year old girl, Norah Wanyana was also found murdered in the same manner and her body dumped in a banana plantation near her parent's home in the same area.

Following those murders, President Yoweri Museveni ordered security officials to get on the ground and protect people from further murders.

The meeting

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the progress Uganda has registered in advancing gender equality and promotion of women's rights in relation to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SDGs are new, universal set of goals; targets and indicators that UN member states that were adopted on the 25th September to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.


SDGs intend to change the course of the 21st century by addressing the key perennial challenges of poverty, hunger, inequality, the adverse effects of climate change and violence against women and girls. 

Child marriages

Talking about the issue of child marriages in Uganda, Kigozi said was embarrassed to see that in the 21st century child marriages are still prevalent in Uganda with 25% of adolescents aged 15-19 already have children. 

Kigozi further noted that though Uganda has registered progress in advancing gender equality and promotion of women's rights, for instance increased number of women in the political arena, women still face many challenges.

women epresentative gnes isembo irector of programmes  uliet akato doi mbassador  5 agie igozi and xecutive irector   atricia unabi addressing journalists during the press conference at  offices(L-R) UN women Representative Agnes Kisembo, Director of programmes FOWODE Juliet Nakato Odoi, Ambassador SDG 5 Magie Kigozi and Executive Director FOWODE Patricia Munabi addressing journalists during the press conference at FOWODE offices

Among them, women especially widows still being discriminated against and denied access to productive resources such as land, defilement, chronic under-investment in rural infrastructure among others.

She said for Uganda to be able to achieve Vision 2040, women's' involvement is very critical, but that can happen if many challenges they are grappling with are fully addressed. 

Agnes Kisembo, a representative from UN-Women said SDGs are not different from what the National Development Plan (NDP2) is addressing. 

She said putting gender equality at the fore front of development will fasten or help to increase the rate at which the country obtains economic growth. 

"Gender equality is good economics in terms of development, and considering 50% of the country's population are women, there is no way the country will develop without investing in gender equality ," Kisembo said. 

The former Executive Director of Uganda Promotions Export Board, Florence Kata said in the private sector, economic inequalities largely become paramount because women are not economically empowered. 

She said there is need for government to have programmes that particularly focus on empowering women especially those in the informal businesses to uplift them.

The executive director of FOWODE, Patricia Munabi said many Ugandans do not understand what SDGs are, and therefore called all stakeholders to prioritize, awareness and education on SDGs, advocate for legal, legislative and policy reforms to ensure the upholding of women's rights in the country.

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