President Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni yesterday awarded medals to over 20 Police Officers during the International Women's Day celebrations in Mityana district.
The officers were awarded with two categories of medals, the Golden jubilee and police centenary plus medal.
In his address, the President condemned the act of domestic violence of men beating up their wives.
"Men stop beating women, we even stopped cattle keepers from hitting cows, what then makes you beat a woman? When you see a man beating a woman, know that he’s stupid and he is a coward because if you want to fight, look for a fellow man," said the President.
He urged women to work hard for their own wealth and not to go in marriages as a source of wealth but instead love
This year, the UN theme for International Women’s Day, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”
"Girls do not have to go into marriage as a means of living, they should go into marriage for love, not for 'legalized prostitution. Women say they don’t report the men because they’re dependent on the man, Women, get your own property so that you can stop depending on men for everything. If your husband disturbs/beats you, park your things and go," the president added.
Women are the base of society, however, for some unknown reasons, old societies decided to marginalise women.
The NRM does not believe in marginalising women. That is why we recruited them in the army at a time when this was unheard of and discouraged.
For example in 1979, our women soldiers in FRONASA were rejected by our partners and we agreed to disband the women units. However in the 1980s because we were fully in-charge, we actively recruited women and we let them participate in the struggle.
Apart from the army, we have empowered women in politics, and created space in political structures, both directly and indirectly.
In the education system, we have also empowered them, by adding 1.5 points for university entry.
This year, the UN theme for International Women’s Day, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives,” echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
The UN will draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labor force.
Rural women and their organizations represent an enormous potential, and they are on the move to claim their rights and improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.