By Busiinge George
As Uganda gets closer to the commercial exploitation of its oil reserves in the Albertine-Graben, stakeholders have underscored the need for increased participation of women in demanding for social accountability in the extractives sector and promoting and securing women’s property rights and livelihoods.
Kennedy Mugume the Albertine region coordinator Global Rights Alert (GRA) says the existing inequalities in the oil and gas sector are denying women chance to benefit from the sector.
He explains that many women have been victimized with their rights on property and land violated especially by their spouses and cultural beliefs.
Mugume also noted that limited access to information regarding the oil sector has all affected the livelihoods of women a reason as to why men are so much benefiting from the sector.
Simon Kinene Agaba, the Buliisa district LCV boss, wants the public trained on financial literacy noting that many people who received funds from the oil related activities lacked financial knowledge on how to utilize them.
However, Ronald Kaija the community relations officer CNOOC Uganda says there is gender inclusion in Uganda’s natural resource governance and youth participation. He adds that women are given first priority during job recruitment and education sponsorship to enable them grab opportunities in the sector.
This was revealed during a stakeholders meeting graced by officials from Hoima and Buliisa district organized to share the progress geared towards addressing gender issues in the Natural resources sector organized by Global right Alert (GRA) held Thursday in Hoima town.