Guest Pots I James Onono Ojok I Gulu. Aol Better Ocan the Leader of opposition in parliament and Gulu woman member of parliament has said the 1995 constitution that gave birth to women affirmative action is responsible for the rise of women’s leadership in Uganda since the archaic tradition of most Ugandan rural society had blocked women from being heard or being leaders.
Aol who was speaking this morning from Gulu district headquarters this morning immediately after a six kilometer marathon health run ahead of the Gulu district women day celebration from Gulu University playground.
To justify men dominance in top strategic position Aol said if she is to start from Gulu district the Resident District Commissioner, District Police commander ,district chairman ,Resident state prosecutor and the chief administrative officer including the division commander are all men meaning women still survive greately because of the affirmative action and should not be removed.
Aol who was the chief runner used the occasion to also request men not to engage in sexual relationship with women if they are not going to be responsible for the children they will produce since the rate of children negligence has gone so high creating trauma amongst the women.
Professor Openjuru George Ladaah the Gulu University vice-chancellor who accompanied the runners said the University is committed in hosting the women’s day celebration in their play ground on Thursday.
He added that Gulu University as an institution is committed on ensuring respect and dignity of women which takes a bigger portion of the Gulu University gender policy.
“I have joined the marathon today to send the message that women are important and needs support from the community and we must not joke with the issues pertaining the promotion of girl child education majorly in the rural arrears that mothers still want to grab bride price”.Openjuru said.
Gulu will celebrate women’s day celebration on Thursday from Gulu University ground in Laroo division Gulu municipality under the theme.”Celebrating 25 years of the1 995 constitution: “millstone in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda”. Ends