Local Governments Urged to Address Inequalities

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In November 2023, Gender, Labour, and Social Development Minister Betty Amongi (left), along with Equal Opportunity Commission chairperson Safia Nalule Jukko (centre), and other officials launched the Annual State of Equality Opportunities in Uganda FY 2022/2023 report in Kampala. Photo/Shabibah Nakirigya

Local government leaders nationwide are encouraged to prioritize gender and equity compliance in their planning and budgeting processes.

During ongoing capacity-building sessions in eastern and central Buganda, Ms. Irene Nafungo, the principal compliance officer from the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), stressed the importance of ensuring equality for all Ugandans in national and local-level budgets and plans.

Ms. Nafungo emphasized the need for gender and equity planning and budgeting during the training, sensitizing local government leaders on their responsibilities to ensure fair resource allocation.

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“The training aims to raise awareness among both political and technical leaders regarding planning for vulnerable populations in their communities, ensuring everyone’s inclusion in accessing services and budget allocation for government projects,” she stated.

Leaders are urged to prioritize vulnerable groups, including women, people with disabilities, youth, elderly persons, and ethnic groups, in their budgeting processes.

The six-day training, which began on Sunday and concludes this Friday, involves leaders from Butambala, Gomba, Kyotera, Bududa, Manafa Namisindwa, and Mbale districts.

Mr. Ivan Kizito, a leader from Gomba, commended the Commission for organizing the training, acknowledging the ignorance of some councillors regarding gender and equity budgeting.

However, Mr. Kizito highlighted the challenge of limited funding to local governments, affecting the implementation of gender and equity initiatives due to specific project allocations from the central government.

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is mandated to promote equal opportunities, affirmative action, and equity to eliminate marginalization and discrimination among vulnerable women, girls, boys, and men. Established by an Act of Parliament, EOC operates to give effect to Article 32 of the Constitution.

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