NEBBI. Although a lot of strides have been made in promoting gender equality and equity, the government needs to enhance the capacity of local leaders and duty bearers on gender equality responsiveness for improved service delivery.

This observation was made during a refresher training for duty bearers on laws and policies for gender-responsive service delivery in Nebbi by the project officer for women’s rights and access to Justice Ms Susan Achan.

She noted that much as the country has created a conducive environment for both male and female, most leaders still do not understand gender equality concepts.

“Government should enhance the capacity of leaders and duty bearers; so that they can make gender-responsive decision to effectively execute their mandates of planning, implementation, and advocacy,” Achan said.

She continued “by promoting gender equality you will be in a position to make decisions that benefit all”.

Mr Charles Okello, a resident of Nebbi municipal council, however, raised uproar when he said gender equality has made women to become disrespectful to their spouses and that is the reason some men have become alcoholics.

But the gender officer at the district Ms Yerusa Afoyorwoth fired back saying some men are just avoiding responsibilities and leaving the management of the homes to the women and that resorting to alcoholism is an excuse.

“No mother will sit and leave the children to go hungry or fail to go to school, they will work hard to ensure that they provide for their children and now men are taking advantage of this to be irresponsible”, she said.

She said there is a need to create awareness among men on gender equality so that they understand that it is not only for the benefit of the women but both.

Ms Damalie Asekenye, a trainer with Uganda women Network (UWONET) said gender equality has still remained a challenge because the African society still thinks that it is giving more power to the women and the men are slowly losing the respect they had.

“As stakeholders, there is a need to understand that gender equality is for the benefit of both the male and female in the society”, she added.