ZOMBO. Women in Zombo district on Friday joined the nation to celebrate the international women's day with a call to all men to support the women in a bid to promote the wholesome transformation of households.

The celebration was held in Akaa sub-county, Ora county under the national theme; empowering women through innovative approaches to social protection, a prerequisite for inclusive and sustainable development.

Ms Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny, the state minister for Northern Uganda, also Zombo district woman Member of Parliament who was the guest of honour implored government for the various government programs targeting the women.

She said affirmative programs like the Uganda women entrepreneurship program (UWEP) has transformed the lives of many households through the initiation of income generating activities.

"Government is doing its part to empower the women and now it is our turn to support the initiatives so that the women live to their full potential", she said.

Kwiyocwiny urged stakeholders and leaders at all levels to focus on women in order to improve their livelihoods since they take centre stage in family affairs.

The resident district commissioner (RDC) Zombo, Mr Andrew Kajoyingi assured the gathering that government is committed to promoting the interests of women to enhance women empowerment.

He appealed to the men to support their wives in order to promote peaceful coexistence in families.

"Government designs its programs in such a way that it suits women socioeconomic empowerment for the purpose of inclusive development", he said.

Mr Lawrence Biyika Songa, the area member of Parliament called for unity so as to attract more development programs for the people.

"With unity, we shall do a lot in terms of lobbying for development programs for the people but with disunity, we shall tear ourselves apart", he warned.

Songa underscored the roles played by women in ensuring that their homes are at peace and likewise, implored the men to support their wives in all their undertakings so that they work as a team for the development of their families", he said.

The district chairman Mr John Birombo Orwiny urged the women to use the day to evaluate their selves especially their role in shaping the society.

Ms Yemima Onegiu, the chairperson women council commended the government for the various initiatives aimed at empowering women.

She noted that at least 59 women groups have benefited from the Uganda Women entrepreneurship program and still there are more files to be verified.

She, however, faulted local leaders for the marginalization of women when it comes to programs like restocking where only men received animals leaving the women sidelined.

"We also want to benefit from government's restocking programs because we have been left out completely", she complained.