By Nakanwagi Olivier Mukaaya
The former Minister for Internal Affairs and now member of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has told over 220 women in politics that they must learn to pull up instead of pulling down their colleagues if they are to compete favorably in politics
Hon. Rose Akol Okullu gave tip yesterday in a one day training which was held in Mbale city to equip women in politics from eastern Uganda.
The purpose of the workshop was to equip women with knowledge on women’s manifesto and also envisioning increase in women’s participation in leadership.
Akol encouraged women in leadership to take advantage of any opportunity being provided in their communities to re-orient themselves.
“Create a vision to guide change through inspiring the people in your communities, through empowering other women to get up and compete for different positions,” Akol said.
Akol further advised women to fight together to empower others by supporting them at all levels other than pulling them down.
“Stop pulling down other women who have made it but instead work together and empower each other through networking,” Akol added.
She however urged women to plan for their exit from office to enable them continue living a good life.
“The day you are elected plan for your exit because you don’t know if you will get back to that office the next time, facilitate your community to achieve but not giving them money because you can keep giving them every day,”
Jean Ngobi, who was one of the facilitators for the training which was conducted by Forum for women in Democracy (FOWODE) said that women who comprise 52% of the population in Uganda are significantly excluded from key decision making processes relegating their priorities to the periphery of development.
“government plan and budgets do not effectively cater for game changing interventions that would help transform the lives of women and girls such as family planning, menstrual health etc,” she said.
Ngobi also asked women to concentrate on what they can do best as leaders in order to create impact/legacy. She encouraged them to have alternative income generating activities to sustain themselves and any other network obligations they could have created.
“Be creative; generate other activities to sustain you even when you are in politics,” she advised.
Participants appreciated (FOWODE) for empowering and equipping them with skills that will help them to become good leaders.