Women’s Podium for Rising (WOPOR) has held its first annual Womens Convention under the theme of “Heightening Awareness and building confidence” among women at Imperial Royale Hotel.
The convention spearheaded by the WOPOR Executive Director, Ms. Ruth Sharon Nansamba sought to empower women and seek solutions to the factors hindering women from taking leadership positions.
The event was officiated by Minister of state for Northern region, Hon. Grace Kwiyucwiny who also doubles as a Member of Parliament representing Zombo, West Nile region.
In her speech, the minister thanked the founders of WOPOR for their efforts towards fighting for Women rights in the country saying it’s just a matter of time before the society will start to appreciate the impact of women in leadership.
The minister, who was also representing Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut also noted that the country is committed to promote gender equality and empowerment of all women.
“Uganda is committed to promotion of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls. This can be evidenced in how government has integrated the SDGs into a National Planning Process,”She said.
Other speakers included Mary H. Lamunu, Sheila Katusiime, Stella Ayo among others who rhymed in the same lines as the minister in their gospel of instilling confidence in women to take up leadership positions in society.
Founded in 2017, WOPOR was started with an aim of eliminating the several factors that were identified to be hindering women from taking up leadership and decision making positions which was contributing to increased marginalisation of women and girls.