Women want gender balance in public procurement processes


Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) has called for gender balance reforms in public procurement processes

KAMPALA —Women business leaders under their umbrella body— Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association (UWEAL)—have called for gender responsiveness in public procurement processes.

Speaking at the launch of Women Entrepreneurs Month, Dr. Barbara Ofwono Buyondo, UWEAL board chairperson told reporters that whereas a considerable number of women continue to play a lead role in other sectors of the economy resulting from empowerment efforts, there is need by authorities to undertake gender budgeting.

Dr. Barbara Ofwono Buyondo says this will not only boost their incomes but also build capacity of female entrepreneurs in the changing working environment also overlapped by the Covid-19 aftereffects.

“We have spent the last couple of years working strongly with PPDA and we have managed to train our women to understand the reservation schemes they have to be able to trade with government, but we are not yet there. We want the reservations scheme there but we also want the women to be able to meet the quarters”, she explained.

UWEAL also launched a monthlong series of activities including virtual capacity building workshops aimed at skilling and sensitizing women on their role in the ecosystem.

Key among the activities in the ‘Women Entrepreneurs Month’ include enterprise skills trainings, policy advocacy forums, media campaigns, exhibitions and training women in budgeting and financial management.

Other activities include enterprise development, business and family, customer service management, formalization of business, enhancing corporate social responsibility, community engagements.

Dr. Ofwono said that the month-long programme seeks to empower women economically through equipping them with skill sets that allow them to increase sustainable incomes, contributing financially to their households and communities.

UWEAL is working with UDB to enable women cooperatives access loans at a 10% interest rate.

Regarding skilling women, Nassali Hudah—Board Member for youth rallied all the women an young girls with good ideas but don’t know how to execute them to come to UWAEL.

“Let them come and sign up with us, and this is going to be a place where their ideas are going to be brought to life,” she said.

“If there’s a young women there that has an idea but doesn’t know how to execute it UWEAL is going to be the place where your idea is going to brought to life.”

UWEAL has spearheaded the transformation of the landscape that gives women in business a voice to show case that women are as capable to start and run a businesses as much as men.

The association is currently firmly placed in the private sector to assist and provide the necessary support and guidance to women in business and to advocate for favorable policies through which women entrepreneurs can flourish.

UWEAL has previously offered training and business advisory services to over 15,000 women from Amur, Bugiri, Bushenyi, Fort Portal, Gulu, Hoima, Isingiro, Jinja, Kabale, Kampala, Kapchorwa, Kitgum, Koboko, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Mpigi, Nwoya and Wakiso.

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