Mbarara women demand term limits to create room for more female leaders

Mbarara City women are demanding the government to put up term limits for Women in leadership under affirmative action to increase women empowerment in the country.
The women who were commemorating International women’s Day in Biharwe Division Mbarara City on Monday said that "greed for power has affected women empowerment" in the country despite government giving a chance for women to select their own leaders which has since become an empowerment for a few.

“Government should put term limits mostly on Local Councils, and MPs to have good women leaders. If only the government can create a system like that of the youth, where you come and lead for a specified time then go. Once you put up a system, it can reorganize the country to make sure we select leaders knowing that they will leave space for others," said Jolly Kagira Tumwine secretary for health and community-based services at Mbarara City council.

The team leader Action for Youth Development Carol Owashaba said rural women demand for term limits on women leaders to ensure that at least many women get a chance to lead.

‘‘We demand that the government should continue sensitizing and creating awareness on women leadership especially women in political and decision-making because that is where policies are influenced. We appreciate that government brought the affirmative action that provides space for women to participate effectively in politics. However, we also request the women who are into affirmative action and also through the legislators to put a standard provision of one or two terms,’’ said Ms Owashaba.

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