On March 8, the world celebrated the opportunities for women and girls to play an active role in building more inclusive systems but also to once again reflect on progress made.

The 2019 International Women’s Day campaign theme; Balance for Better is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

In Uganda, the 2019 theme, “Empowering women through innovative approach to social protection” focuses on innovative ways in which society can advance gender equality as a prerequisite for inclusive and sustainable development, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

National Association of Professional Environmental Organization(NAPE) is one in a million non-profitable organizations that promotes Gender based issues with Gender justice and movement building at grass root level with an aim of empowerment and amplifying the voices of the marginalized groups of women affected in various sectors.

Sostine Namanya, NAPE’s Gender Officer disclosed the relevance of celebrating Women’s day is that it looks solely towards the issues affecting women like Gender based violence, all sorts of marginalization but also what they have achieved in social economic development ventures.

“This day acts as a reminder to both men and women that for the development to happen at local and national levels, the women have to be involved. Without the women, there is no development”, Ms. Namanya believes.

According to Lucy Mbuubi who sits at national steering committee for Women Movement, the day is worth celebrating because Women have achieved in many ways.

“It is not easy to put empowerment into action without support and recognition but I am glad that every step of empowerment is put into action hence leading to achievement. As women, if our achievements are celebrated, we shall continue to thrive and grow stronger” says Mbuubi.

Esteri Nanvubya, a community para-social worker highlights the relevance of celebrating the women’s day saying the current era is favorable for women to express themselves.

“I’m now empowered to fight for my rights as a woman through expression which was the case in African traditional setting which calls for celebration. Had it not been through activism, women efforts wouldn’t have been recognized”, exclaimed Nanvubya.

International Women’s day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.



Leaders in Uganda’s oil district-Kikuube are worried of the looming food insecurity as people have taken to growing sugarcane on commercial basis resulting into diversion from food crop growing to monoculture sugarcane plantation.

Leaders say the change in land use is motivated by commercial gains for improved household income than food production which is likely to expose them to food insecurity and malnutrition in the near feature.

Dan Muheirwe, the Member of Parliament for Buhaguzi County says people have diverted to sugarcane growing to feed into Hoima Sugar Limited located in Kiswaza village in Kizirafumbi Sub County in the same district, which was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni in 2015.

The MP adds that this has come amidst oil infrastructural development like road expansion andpipeline which has also affected food growing patterns and food gardens for affected people, all becoming a threat to food security in the district.

“Pipeline and road developments are affecting our food crops in the gardens and now sugarcane growing has come in. I would advise that for those who plant sugarcane, they should be having 10 acres and above but those with one, two acres please focus on growing crops,” he said.

He adds that, “the government is constructing the airport and good roads so as host communities, you should be ready to tap oil benefits by growing crops to supply those who will come to work at the refinery and the airport.”

Manison Byaruhanga, the speaker for Kiziranfumbi Sub County, says the council is proposing to pass a resolution to compel people from the age of 18 years and above in each family to at least have a garden of cassava in a move to promote food security at household level.

Kikuube, which is adjacent the Oil refinery and Hoima International Airport, is one of the districts where National Association Professional Environmentalists (NEMA) is carrying out food security and seed sovereignty campaign under sustainability school program.

Allan Kalangi, the Programs Manager, people need to ensure sustainable land use that supports income generation and food security at the same time.

Compiled by precious Naturinda