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Gender equality for a better future

There is recognition of women’s leadership abilities and the dismantling of traditional gender-based barriers in career advancement.

By Ananda Tayebwa

For many years, women all over the world have been oppressed and this oppression has forced them to rise up and stand for equal and fair treatment with the male gender. This has led to the rise of many activist groups such as the feminists.

In a world that continuously strives for progress and inclusivity, significant advancements in gender equality have emerged pushing societies towards a more equitable future.

Recent statistics have shown the transformative power of empowering individuals, challenging stereotypes and fostering inclusivity.

The fast momentum being gained by gender equality movements can be seen through the great economic empowerment.

Globally, gender gaps in labor force participation rates have been gradually narrowing. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the female labor force participation rate has risen to 48.5% in 2023, compared to 46.4% in 2020.

This remarkable 2.1% increase signifies the growing recognition of women’s talent, expertise and invaluable contribution to the economy.

Moreover, data from the World Bank reveals that access to financial resources for women has improved significantly.

Over the past years, approximately 120 million women gained access to financial accounts, promoting financial freedom and opening doors to entrepreneurship and investment opportunities.

In Uganda, the Uganda Registration Services Bureau recorded a 12% increase in the registration of women led enterprise reflecting the drive and determination of Ugandan women to succeed in business ventures.

In the professional realm, gender disparities are being challenged head on.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) notes that women now occupy 31.5% of managerial positions worldwide, a remarkable improvement from the 27.4% recorded just two years ago.

This shift signifies an increasing recognition of women’s leadership abilities and the dismantling of traditional gender-based barriers in career advancement.

Political landscapes are also undergoing transformative changes, with women achieving greater representation and decision making power.

In Uganda for example, the 2021 general elections saw a remarkable increase in the representation of women in parliament.

Women now hold 39% of the seats showcasing a substantial improvement in gender balance and amplifying the voices of women in shaping policies and driving legislative reforms.

The rise of women in political leadership roles fosters inclusive governance, amplifies diverse perspectives and drives policies that address gender specific concerns.

As the statistics demonstrate, the journey towards gender equality is one marked by remarkable achievements and transformative changes.

Ananda Tayebwa is a journalism student at Uganda Christian University

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Female Journalists Forum – Uganda (FEMJOF-UGANDA) is a not-for-profit Community Based Organisation run by a group of female journalists in Gulu, Northern Uganda. We train, mentor, coach and counsel female journalists to change the narratives and become tomorrow’s great journalism leaders.

The idea to have a female media organization was established in 2019 when a group of about ten female journalists based in Gulu met and realized the shrinking number of female field journalists and the need to encourage female journalism students to join the newsroom with a purpose.

This dream to have a network and support system of female journalists based in Gulu was realized in 2021 when the organization was officially registered to not only bring together female journalists but advocate for a better working environment for female journalists, TRAIN , mentor, coach and counsel those that need a hand to reach their destiny.

In this, we envisaged better representation of women and female journalists in the media through a broad based approach to storytelling hence changing the traditional narratives of what and who a female journalist is. Currently, we have more than twenty members at different media houses and our mentorship programme at journalism institutions of learning is a step towards increasing this number in the newsrooms.

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