KIU, Main Campus – On 8th March 2020, Uganda will
join the rest of the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day, under the
theme: “I Am Generation Equality, Realising Women’s Rights.”
According to the United
Nations, gender equality, is the world’s unfinished business, noting that “women
and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of
Assoc. Prof. Janice Busingye, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance
and Administration at KIU would agree. The Associate Professor believes that the root cause of the matter stems from home. She
suggests that both genders should play equal roles in contributing to the
“If a girl has to wash plates, then the boy too can do some
house chores. That way, they will learn to respect women when they grow up and
know they are both equal,” she said.
Additionally, she pointed out that unfortunately, many girls
still miss out on opportunities to get a formal education today.
Touching on the glass ceiling, Prof. Busingye emphasized
that many organizations aren’t yet ready for women to take over leadership
positions because it comes out as a surprise to them.
“Women are always judged based on female parameters,” she
said, “Most times, women are pressed because their views don’t always matter
thereby making them shy away from higher positions in their organizations.”
She urged men in the workplace to exercise understanding and
support their female colleagues, especially when it comes to their God-given
duties such as pregnancy.
Lastly, she advised young women not to settle for less and
to know that they can accomplish anything they wish for.