By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus - Uganda is to dedicate this year’s International Women’s Day to females who have labored hard to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Information Minister Hon. Judith Nabakooba, the event was celebrated scientifically at State House Entebbe today, Monday 8th March 2021, and was to be presided over by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Nabakooba added that under the theme ‘Building on Women’s Strength for a better future in a COVID-19 world,’ the government affirms that throughout the pandemic, women have put up a determined effort to ensure that people under their care remained safe and healthy.
“Women have been exceptional in Uganda’s efforts against COVID-19. Women have provided leadership at all levels from the top national level to the households in the community. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic women have put up a determined effort to ensure that people under their care remained safe and healthy,” Hon. Nabakooba said at the media centre in Kampala.
“We all remember the images of women in the markets and makeshift restaurants who slept at their workplace. These women demonstrated the strength of character, resilience, and the love of their families. They listened to the President’s guidance by staying at their workplaces. Because of their sacrifice, many lives were saved and communities maintained a regular supply of food and other resources,” she added.
Besides, the minister added that Uganda survived the worst effects of COVID-19 because of the sacrifice that women put in.
“The important role that women are providing throughout this pandemic has not been without any challenges. We all know that even the most negative effects of COVID-19 have also been faced by women. The COVID-19 period has seen a big increase in domestic violence cases throughout the country. Almost 80% of all these cases have involved women as the victims,” said Hon. Nabakooba.