Kampala, Uganda – Speaker of parliament, the Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga has called for the formation of water management committees in all villages to ensure protection and sanitation of water sources.
Speaking during the 3rd Forum of the AFWA professional Women Network on Sunday February 23rd, Kadaga said her call was premised on the sad reality that women and children often wake up as early as 2.00a.m., to move in search of water!
Kadaga noted that this phenomenon was destroying marriages, and thus demanded that the committees must include women.
She urged women already in positions of influence to pave the way and create opportunities for other women to take up the mantle so as to keep the momentum growing for sake of ensuring the continuity of the participation and contribution of women in the water sector.
The Speaker of parliament also shared personal stories of her experience in the drive to accelerate accessibility of safe water to the people of Uganda. Standing out predominantly was the fact that even on the home front, women suffer the most when it comes to the use of water and therefore it is imperative that they make their contribution to the sector as their understanding of the sector means they have the ability to come up with the most practical solutions.
She called on all women across the world to rally together in breaking new ground in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.
On her part, the Hon. Beatrice Anyway also shared her personal experiences, making reference to the fight for Mabira forest that earned her the name “Mama Mabira”. She shared how the struggle brought her to the realisation of her power and influence in as far as policy change and implementation is concerned stressing that every woman has the same power within waiting for her to tap into.
– AFWA Professional Women Network –
Drawn from the Africa Water Association (AFWA), this group of game-changing-women brings together more than 200 professional women in water and sanitation (P4WATSAN). Among the women who make up this group are; women researchers, technicians, engineers, administrators, social scientists and all other professionals in the water and sanitation sector.
This year, the P4WATSAN met at Kampala Serena Hotel to brain storm on the theme; “Women Stewards breaking new grounds in Water and Sanitation.”
See pictorial below for highlights of the day