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Women Leadership Development

About 200 women from various organisations converge this week for the fourth annual conference on women and leadership.

Women to meet over leadership The conference, slated for 16th October 2015 at the Kampala Serena Hotel, seeks to address the challenges facing women in leadership, as highlight the opportunities available for them.

According to the Federation of Uganda Employers(FUE), the organizers of the event, this year’s Conference shall also witness the official launch of the globally acclaimed United Nations Women Empowerment Principles which include among others integrating female sensitive policies into workplace.

It will also showcase achievements of the Female Future Programme, a platform aimed at ensuring that female talents take management positions.

Fatmah Nsereko, the FUE coordinator said participants would share knowledge and experiences on the business case for the inclusion of women in leadership positions.

International Women’s Day is a global day for celebrating the economic, political, social and environmental achievements of women past, present and future. At the same time, however, it is also a day for highlighting the inequities and challenges which still need to be addressed regarding women’s involvement in all sectors of society.

Environment is one of them.

The environment is under enormous pressure, more than ever before. And, for years, natural resources have been under male dominance and stewardship which has accelerated destruction and extinction of more wildlife species. In the last few years, women have taken some key positions in our society and mainly in the political sphere.

Budget Reading: Government presents yet another tax-heavy budget Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka yesterday obeyed predictions and delivered yet another "tax-heavy budget" she pigeon-holed as "special" but roundly criticised by policy makers as a "recipe for disaster" for balancing the books on the backs of the poor.

In order to be able to finance 81.8 per cent of Shs15.4 trillion in the 2014/15 Financial Year, the country's biggest budget ever, Ms Kiwanuka in her fourth Budget announced a cocktail of taxes which the President said, will help in the modernisation of the country.

The minister increased taxes on petrol, diesel; paraffin, salt, sugar, processed milk, computers, new printing services for educational materials; tools for agriculture; seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and hoes.

Preparations by Parties to nominate candidates to replace Betty Bigombe in Amuru District HARDLY a month after unity brought it resounding victory in the Luweero woman MP by-election, the opposition is set to follow the same blueprint in Amuru district as the race to replace Betty Bigombe picks steam.

In a rare show of unity, opposition bigwigs canvassed votes for Democratic Party candidate, Brenda Nabukenya, with the youthful legislator retaining her seat after trouncing her closest challenger – NRM's Rebecca Nalawanga – by over 16,000 votes.

With Bigombe expected to quit her seat following her plum appointment as a senior director for Fragility, Conflict and Violence at World Bank, a number of prospective candidates are expected to throw their hats in the ring.

However, opposition's top echelon has made it clear that it's not about to spread its efforts thin by each party fielding its own candidate.

UN Women calls on global citizens to bring gender equality into focus. UN Women today launched a major campaign in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A year of activities around the world will aim to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity.

Events will focus on achievements and gaps in gender equality and women's empowerment since 189 governments adopted the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This visionary blueprint paves the way for women's full and equal participation in all spheres of life and decision-making.

"The Beijing Platform for Action is an unfulfilled promise to women and girls," says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. "Our goal is straightforward: renewed commitment, strengthened action and increased resources to realize gender equality, women's empowerment and the human rights of women and girls."