Some of Kampala most influential young women Friday afternoon met at Victoria University in the auditorium to discuss the theme ‘Enhancing Women Capabilities towards development in Uganda,’.
The talk show streamed online was attended by Sheena Ruparelia of Ruparelia Group, Uganda Law Society President-elect Phiona Nabasa Wall, Katusabe Ssemwezi the Academic Registrar Victoria University, Karitas Karisimbi a Media personality and Malaa Kivila Odera the Founder & C.E.O Sylmax Consult.
Sheena noted that women struggle to make it in life is long, hard but very possible if they unite and work together. “we must support one another; we must be willing to learn and listen. Open your opportunities in every single day and appreciate it”. Sheena Ruparelia says.
“I think it’s up to us to change the society, no one is going to do it for us, it is us to work together and togetherness education, willingness, openness and target orientation makes it possible, we can do it,” she added.
Sheena noted that there is also a problem of inequality against women which she says needs to be addressed in order to be able to work together to streamline and share the available opportunities equally.
“Women need to be looked at as equal as other members of society. Women should also be willing and available to perform any role they feel they want to be doing.
“In terms of development, a woman can be involved in as much as she feels she can. Actually, if you look at societies today, there are a number of women in key roles and they have done so much more and some times more than their male counterparts”.
Phiona Nabasa and Karisimbi agreed that for the women empowerment effort to yield positive results, men must be brought on board and mentored in that direction.
“We cannot talk to the women alone when the men are in bars drinking. They will come back from bars and abuse these women. It is time for us to go out there and involve the men at an early stage. The earlier we do, the better,” Karisimbi said.
Nabasa Wall believes that if we don’t empower boys, it will be a disaster. We need a strategy to bring boys on board, she said.
Malaa noted that while girls are raised to be homemakers, there is a need to prepare and present them with the same opportunities as boys.