Affirmative action is a big deal in Uganda. The 1995 Constitution makes specific mention of Gender equity. There was a full ministry in 1988 catering to women- the Ministry of Women in Development. There has been reserved seats for women at district level, since 1989. And the 1.5 extra points at university entry that every young Ugandan man mentions to support “but women are doing okay” argument.
The machinery is there. So where are these women?
They are obviously not on panels, talking about “employment creation” or about “turning business impossibilities into possibilities”. New Vision and Daily Monitor each had only one (token?) woman on their Pakasa Forum and Monitor Thought Forum, respectively.
If media cannot find women that they could invite to these forums, who then is benefiting from these affirmative action policies?
Please comment with names of Ugandan women that could have been included on the two panels.