KAMPALA, March 14, 2016 - This year's International Women's Day celebration theme "I pledge for Parity" remains a crucial theme in the 21st century, along with the attempt to practice what it entails.
It is thus understandable that the Ugandan Olympic committee through its Women in Sport commission embarked on capacity building for women.
The journey began with the Sports Administrators course in Mengo, Kampala city where over 200 female participants were equipped with sports governing skills and later launched the White Paper on "empowering women into sports leadership" crafted in at Imperial Royal.
British high commissioner Alison Blackburne and French Ambassador Sophie Makame hailed UOC for the great initiative.
"The White Paper you are launching represents a vital contribution to societal change and I wish to commend your commitment and audacity with which you are promoting women empowerment into sports administrators," Makame said.
The Women in Mentorship Academy continued the spell of the celebration at the Source of the Nile hotel in Jinja
Uganda Olympic Committee President William Blick pledged to organise more capacity building courses particularly for women, promising that at least 600 women in Uganda will be empowered. Over 300 women have so far benefited from the UOC-organised courses.
"This will be a new national and International Olympic committee record", UOC boss Blick stated.
Female football instructor and coach Majidah Nantanda praised the program. "It feels good having such mentorship programs because they definitely motivate women to take part in the male dominated section and it means that we shall have more women in leadership positions which encourages us," Majidah said
Women in Sport Commission member Annet Nakamya pledged to fulfill the vision and mission of the White Paper which is geared towards increasing and developing sustainable equality and equity for women in both participative and leadership sports positions in Uganda.
All participants were awarded certificates.