Kadaga urges gov’t to provide equal opportunities to women

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The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has urged goverment of Uganda to provide equal accessibility of services to women in the country.

The speaker was speaking during the ongoing 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York.

Kadaga noted that she endorsed a proposal for the review of Uganda’s procurement laws so as to ensure that 30 percent of all government contracts are reserved for women.

“I would like to for example see in the adverts that UNRA puts out that 30% of the project will go to youth and women,” she expounded.

“I would like to see a situation where we also break the bid bonds into components where women and youth are able to participate,” Kadaga added.

The Kamuli legislator further explained that a bid bond will be issued as part of a supply bidding process by a contractor to provide a guarantee that the supplier will execute the contract under the terms at which they bid. Bid bonds lock out women because of the enormous amounts of money needed.

“I urged governments to ensure that socio economic infrastructure responds better to the priorities of women and girls at grassroots level and that governments accelerate ongoing efforts to support women owned business to participate in government funded infrastructure projects,” the speaker said.

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