As we celebrate the International Women’s Day, 2019, CCEDU re-affirms its commitment to supporting the elimination of barriers to women participation in political processes – especially elections. We implore relevant state structures to institute the much-needed reforms that further encourage women to be at the forefront of political processes in Uganda.

We would like to see reforms that regulate campaign financing in order to make it possible for women to run for elective offices – even with minimal resources. We want reforms that rid our elections of violence, because we have found out that violence in elections mainly affects women; it discourages them from participating in electoral processes.

In brief, we want to see an electoral environment that makes it possible for women to participate in determining the future of their society without feeling or being disadvantaged in any way.

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

Crispin Kaheru, Coordinator,

Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU)