Sweden Donates UGX26Bn To UN Women In Uganda

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In short
The government of Sweden has donated approximately eight million US dollars to UN women in Uganda to support gender equality and women empowerment programs.

The Swedish government gives United Nations Women in Uganda 26 billion shillings for women empowerment.
According to the Swedish ambassador to Uganda, Urban Anderson, the money is aimed at developing women's political participation, economic recovery and fighting violence against women. Other areas include iincreasing access to justice and women's participation in peace and security.

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According to Anderson ,although Uganda has made significant progress in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, much of the policies have remained on paper and women have continued to suffer.

He says despite the fact that the number of women in parliament has risen from 18% in 2000 to 35% in 2011, higher poverty levels and illiteracy level coupled with a male dominated political structure still continues to hamper women's political participation.

Hodan Addou, the UN women's representative in Uganda says the project will be implemented in Northern, Eastern, Karamoja and Kampala regions of Uganda.

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The money is part of a three-year partnership between the Swedish embassy in Uganda and UN Women, to support women development.
The Minister of State for Northern Uganda rehabilitation, Rebecca Amuge Otengo says that the funding will enable household empowerment since it will target women.
Otengo also stated that this will enable the protection, rehabilitation and re-integration of women who suffered atrocities.

The partnership was announced on Tuesday during the celebrations of women's participation in peace and security in Gulu.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.