15 August 2016

There is need for more women involvement in oil, gas sector

Africa’s mining vision speaks of a gender and ethnically inclusive mining sector.
Essentially, its goal is increased employment of women in mining and the enactment of women’s rights laws is assumed to assure respect for their rights as mine workers.

Although Uganda scores 79th out of 155 countries in the Gender-Related Development Index , 33rd of 134 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index, the situation of women in Uganda in certain respects belies these relatively positive rankings.
The National Development Plan (NDP) notes that gender inequality has led to unequal distribution of resources, opportunities and violations of human rights and does not stipulate better measures for redress. This is a key challenge Uganda faces while policies and plans are clearly articulated on paper, but lacks implementation and coordination or is non-existent.
The situation of women in Uganda is not encouraging for instance in the Albertine graben women are involved in Kibiro salt mines, sand mining along the shores of Lake Albert and other parts of the graben. Women also need to be more involved in the oil and gas sector, especially in the constructions, catering, and medical fields among others. Women need access to many types of training, attention needs to be given to the length, timing and mobility issues when training is offered in maternal health, health and safety issues, environmental conservation, employment opportunities, livelihoods, land use management and equal participation in management of natural resources.

Others include; literacy and numeracy training, assertiveness and leadership training, entrepreneurship training, extension services, access to credit, and access to other productive assets.
Sandra Atusinguza,



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