President Museveni has said women are the base of society but old societies decided to marginalise and suppress them.
This has since changed with recruitment of women in the armed forces since 1986 by the NRA, he noted.
The president on Sunday presided over the International women’s day celebrations at Malukhu Administration Grounds, Mbale District.
He also launched a program dubbed “spotlight initiative” supported by the EU and UN aimed at eliminating gender based violence.
He saluted all the women here and countrywide on this day when ‘we celebrate the dignity and power of women’.
“In my view, the major enabler to women empowerment is through economic emancipation.”
A scenario where the husband is the sole bread winner, the wife will hesitate to report a case of abuse to police because once he is put away, her thoughts are on how she will survive.
“In order to eliminate the girl child economic dependency, we shall increase funding to the women and youth through OWEC (Operation wealth creation).”