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Kampala Geopolitics Conference: Stakeholders Decree Gender Inequality, Youth Neglect

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Stakeholders who gathered at Kampala Geopolitics Conference have decreed increasing gender inequality and youth neglect.

Paulina Chiwangu, the UN Women’s Country Representative in Uganda decreed the increasing violence that is inflicted on women and girls.

These among others he said include; teenage pregnancies.

Africa, she said has thrilled far for too long in advancing and protecting the rights of women and girls.

“We know violence against women is too high, teenage pregnancies are too high, the economic gaps between men and women it’s too much and we are all losing because women are losing economically,” 

“We need creative innovative and boldly thinking of our approaches to accelerate and inclusive development and this is where we need more young people to engage we really need young minds, we need you, young people to be engaged to make our place a better continent to make Africa a better continent as you and women we support the implementation of sustainable development goals,” 

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University said although there is still a gap, the University is committed to achieving gender parity.

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Nawangwe said that the increase in enrollment of female students in the University’s undergraduate programs from less than 10% 20 years ago to 52% currently is a reflection that Makerere University is committed to achieving gender parity.

“Women go to 52% of Uganda’s population so we are doing the right thing the enrollment of graduate students has also included from less than 5% to 43% over the same period,” he said 

He said that they are making efforts to improve the status of women in the senior academy.

Prof. Nawangwe made these remarks during the launch of the 5th edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference at Makerere University Auditorium on Tuesday this week.

“We are making our humble contribution to the promotion of Human Rights and making the world a better place we will promote the generation of knowledge through research,” he said.

Makerere, he said is proud to be a pioneer and partner in the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. 

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“We value this conference as a major avenue to disseminate our research on major national and global issues. We believe it is our major responsibility as a premier African university to avail the space for intellectual discourse on issues that affect the well-being of our country, continent, and humanity generally,” he said

Speaking at the conference, H.E Xavier Sticker, the Ambassador-Designate of France to Uganda said that the idea of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference came five years ago from one of his predecessors, and the idea was to partner with different stakeholders to do just that, debate.

“We are here to build a common ground to identify what kind of action we can take together. We are here to listen to you and pass on your conclusions onwards in order to have that global discussion for global solutions to be found,” he said 

Nils Wörmer, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Director for Regional Program said that though the debate is of high quality on different topics, there is a need to reach as many interested people as possible and discuss a spectrum of solutions.

“We are confident that together we shall make this year’s event a complete success like the previous events,” he said 

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