Female taxi operators want bylaws in place to protect them n job

By Alice Nalubwama
Plan international Uganda has called stake holders in the transport business to make by-laws and policies that can guide the operations of the female conductors with in the business.

Lydia Tebekanya the coordinator of the safer cities adolescent girls project at plan international says because they are few than the male conductors in the transport business they are abused by both the passengers and their bosses, the drivers who at times sexually harass them in order to keep their jobs.

Allen Mukiibi a third year student at Muteesa Royal university Mengo is one of the female taxi operators in Kampala city.

She decided to join the business on realizing that her parents were not able to raise her tuition fees and requirements.

“We are seven children, and when I finished senior six, my parents could not raise all my school fees, so i decided to look for a job in order to raise part of my fees and requirements.”

Mukiibi works for five days in a week and on weekends she goes for her studies, but her biggest challenge as works in a taxi is those men who always touch her private parts, telling her how she was so young to do that kind of job.

“But me I don’t care about what people say because, when I get money I buy my requirements at school and even pay part of my fees.” Annet Mukibi now advises other young girls not to despise any job where they can get income to earn a living.

PLAN International launches campaign for advancing gender equality for girls

By Alice Lubwama
Plan international a child rights organization in Uganda has launched a campaign dubbed, ” girls get equal” with the aim of advancing gender equality for girls.

The global campaign which has already been launched in 60 countries aims to change the way girls are valued in society so that they no longer have to face injustice, oppression, discrimination or stereotypes that pull them down.

The interim country director plan international Uganda Greg Lavender says that the campaign will be driven by three demands from girls including power to make crucial decisions affecting their lives, freedom to move ,to live, and to speak up without threat of violence and harassment online and public spaces .

He has also called on all stake holders to make a greater commitment to girls’ voices to be heard not only in their households but in all areas of life like in private and public institutions, national and local parliaments, media and civil society among others.

The Girls get equal campaign caravan has traversed Uganda over the last two weeks, making stopover in 8 districts including Kamuli, Tororo ,Lira, Adjumani , Yumbe, Arua, Nebbi, and Kampala.

While launching the campaign speaker Kadaga applauded president Museveni for supporting the rights of girls and women when he promised to protect the heir of late professor Apollo Nsibambi.

On Thursday, president Museveni supported the late professor Nsibambi‘s decision to have her daughter Rhoda Nakimuli Kasujja as heir and asked the clan leaders of Fumbe clan to respect his will.

However, Kadaga has asked president Museveni not to stop with the case of late professor Nsibambi’s daughter but continue the camping on girls rights in other parts of the country.

The cultural leaders headed by Fumbe clan want to remove the heir named by the late Nsibambi saying that the will was not valid since it did not conform to cultural norms, which don’t allow a girl to inherit her father’s heritage.