NEBBI. The various government institutions and organisations in Uganda have been urged to make deliberate effort to empower women to take up high positions of leadership in the country.

While presenting a concept note on gender to women leaders in Nebbi town on Tuesday, Ms Sarah Akera, a consultant with Uganda women's network said the majority of the government institutions and organizations are male-dominated with most women holding lower positions like secretaries and assistants yet if given the opportunity they can do well in managerial positions.

“Organisations and government institutions should create human resource policies which are women-friendly to allow them to take up high positions in this country,” Akera said.

She noted that there is a need for affirmative action in organizations where women are not favored for certain positions when they have the qualifications and capability.

“As women activists, the time has come for us to break the narrative that women are not capable of doing things men do. Let us instead join hands and encourage the women who have excelled despite all the odds," Ms Matilda Nakikunda, the Action Aid legal officer said.

Nakikunda added that the attitude of the society towards women needs to also be changed by popularizing women as people who are capable of taking up leadership positions.

Ms Prosca Binega, the chairperson Pachego women group encouraged fellow women to leave their differences aside and join hands to work together to advocate for their rights.

“Since we are greatly marginalized in the society, we believe that by coming together and speaking one voice, we shall fight the discrimination," she said.

But the acting executive director of Nebbi NGO forum, Mr Nam Eddy believes that the challenge most women are facing is lack of qualification and experience to undertake some of the managerial positions and as a result, organizations don’t want to have inexperienced managers.

“There is also a misconception that women are not good managers and leaders and that has equally affected them a lot,” Eddy said.