On Wednesday February 15, 2017 The MUBS Leadership Centre organized a one day gender main streaming sensitization seminar for MUBS students. The seminar took place at the ADB Building, MUBS Main Campus, Nakawa.
The African Development Bank, (ADB) has provided funding to support sensitization for both staff and students on this important matter. The MUBS Leadership Centre is the coordinating and implementing unit on the gender activities in MUBS. The seminar was addressed by Ms Evelyne Nyakoojo, Dr. Annet Nabatanzi, Muyimba, the Dean Faculty of Management and Public Policy, Ms. Racheal Mirembe, a lecture in the department of Finance and Ms Regis Namuddu the Director of the Leadership Centre.
In her opening remarks, Namuddu shared her working experience with women. My experience on the need to support women to succeed. I have found, in working with women that they are more committed to work, better decision makers, more equitable in resolving conflicts and more thoughtful if the conditions are right. MUBS has a large number of women in Management positions and has been supporting women to pursue doctoral programs.
The first seminar was held for MUBS staff and faculty in December, 2016. A cross section of both male and female staff participated in the sensitization seminar.
The Africa Development Bank (ADB) is supporting higher education in Uganda and has provided funds to improve science and technology in the eight public universities and MUBS has been a beneficiary. The bank has also funded cross cutting issues, these include; business incubation, gender main streaming, improving the welfare of the disabled and E-learning, Gender main streaming has been key issues the world has been struggling with to ensure equity among men and women. Women have been marginalized as a result of the biological and physical differences. This has resulted into women not having equal opportunities compared to men.
In many societies especially Africa women are denied right to education, inheritance to property, there are few women in paid employment, top management positions and political leadership positions. This gender based denial has disadvantaged women and denied them opportunities to access resources, opportunities to advance their careers and find their rightful positions along the men. Solutions to this challenge have been found and these include: Affirmative action, feminist movements and legal provisions that have supported women inclusion in various activities of the society.