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I am also a Beneficiary of Gov’t’s Deliberate Gender Policies- Nankabirwa

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Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Sentamu the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development has urged women that hold leadership positions to do better while holding them because their work impacts the girls and women who emulate them.

“You mentor indirectly even without saying a word, just do what you are expected to do, and a lot of people will be impacted” she added.

At this function, Dr. Nankabirwa revealed that gender issues make her get emotional since she is also a direct beneficiary of gender equality programs such as women’s councils.

Nankabirwa made these remarks at the launch of the Gender strategy for Energy, Mineral, and Petroleum development programs at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Friday.

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Joyous Nankabirwa encouraged participants to always talk about Uganda’s Gender strategy holistically where ever they are because the government has done a lot as far as improving it.

Minister Nankabirwa poses for a group photo with officials from her ministry.

The Minister also emphasized that Energy, Minerals, and Petroleum resources are linked to the social economic well-being of men, women, and the elderly including people with disabilities, and with the new technologies involved, these have the potential to impact almost every area of human life from increased economic activities and productivity to improved social protection and women empowerment.

Currently, Uganda is standing at 57% on energy access, out of which 19% is on the national grid and 38% is off-grid.

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The Gender strategy that was launched by the Minister is aligned with the National Energy Policy of 2020, the National Oil and Gas policy of 2008, and the Minerals and Mining Policy of 2018 all of which prioritize Gender mainstreaming in sector activities.

Nankabirwa launching the Gender policies

“The Strategy addresses Gender and Equity gaps that exist in the Energy, Minerals, and Petroleum programs regarding access to clean energy which is affordable, reliable, and sustainable” she highlighted.

The Minister also hinted at enhancing women’s business opportunities in the Minerals, Energy, and Petroleum subsector and she promised to sit down with Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC) to discuss affirmative actions such that this is achieved soon.

Grace Tumusiime the secretary Ministry of Energy highlighted that women rely on the income from the informal mining economy to support their households and dependants yet at the most basic level, women’s active participation in this sector is often ignored.

“A gender lens needs to be applied in our operations that’s why the Gender strategy has been developed to guide the different programs to be gender responsible and sensitive” she added. 

Minister Nankabirwa speaking at the launch

Rita Kabuwo the Assistant Commissioner of Human Resource Management in the Ministry of Energy noted that the goal of this strategy is to make sure that women, men, youth, the elderly, and persons with disabilities get empowered access to utilize and manage energy, minerals and petroleum resources equitably and sustainably.

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According to Kabuwo, through this strategy, they expect to reduce gender imbalances in access and utilization of minerals, enhance capacity for gender-sensitive programming, increase participation of women, men, and other groups in sector programs, and also a gender-sensitive information management system for the sector.

David Otieno the Energy and Climate Director of GIZ thanked the Energy Ministry for spearheading the issue of Gender and revealed that GIZ is pleased to note that over the years the Ministry has registered significant improvements in mainstreaming gender.

The 5.7billion shillings Gender strategy will be implemented from the financial year 2022/23-2026/27 and it intends to streamline the equal division of labor amongst agencies in the Ministry of Energy.

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