Uganda Breweries Limited has in partnership with the office of the Luzira Women Councillor LC III has offered agribusiness training and donated 2,000 mushroom gardens to Luzira single mothers.
Speaking at the event held in Luzira, the Corporate Relations Director at Uganda Breweries, Juliana Kagwa noted that many women living in urban settings bear the burden of growing income gaps due to the multiple forms of barriers women face in their everyday lives which have put them at a greater risk of poverty and limited negotiating power to access to resources.
“We recognize that inequitable access to skills and resources are some of the key reasons are why having equal opportunities for women is seemingly difficult. This means that equitable actions need to be put in place to empower women and one of the ways is through acquiring of skills. As players in the private sector, we pledge to continue working together with the local leadership to empower the women of Luzira and beyond so that we completely eliminate poverty and achieve gender equality for all women,” said Kagwa.
She noted that the brewer s believes that the most inclusive and diverse culture makes a better business
and a better world.
“This can be done through championing inclusion and diversity within our business, our partners, and communities around our areas of operation. We pledge to continue providing avenues where there’s equal opportunity for those in our communities to grow as we grow.”
Statistics by the World Bank indicate that females account for 76% of Uganda’s workforce in the agricultural sector and contribute about 60% to 80% to the production of locally consumed food.
Fatumah Naigaga, the Luzira Women Councillor LCIII commended Uganda Breweries for the huge role they are playing in empowering women around the communities of their operation.
“Many women living in urban slums in particular endure multiple hardships ranging from basic needs such
as; unemployment, nutrition, durable housing, limited access to clean water, and improved sanitation facilities which often go unmet. This has constrained women’s participation in all spheres of life with serious implications for human resource development and, in that capacity, the economic development of the country and the general state of gender equality is still a great need,” Naigaga said.
Uganda Breweries Society 2030 sustainability action plan aims at a sustainable and inclusive world by 2030 for all to create a purpose-driven business that succeeds in the long term.
The brewer also commits to inclusion and diversity aimed at ensuring 50% of beneficiaries from the brewery’s
community programs are women and that these community programs are designed to empower
underrepresented groups in various communities.