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Do Away With Cultural Beliefs That Affect Women, State Minister For Gender

State Minister For Gender, Grace Hellen Asamo has advised communities to do away with cultural beliefs that affect women. She said communities should focus on reshaping structural issues that affect women and enhance women’s economic empowerment.

Asamo said communities should come up with plans that can incorporate women and men to develop their visions for change. She says both genders should appreciate their strengths, and achievements. They should also work collectively to address gender inequalities within the family and communities.

“I particularly appreciate that the methodology is community-led, as this fosters ownership and sustainability. It pleases me to know that they have since rolled out the GALS methodology across the country and transformed the lives of many communities. The successes shared here are inspiring,” she said.

The state minister for gender was at Oxfam, a global movement benching for equality was showcasing its impacts realized from the integration of the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology into development and humanitarian interventions which is one of its projects to end inequality.

The GALS methodology is a community empowerment methodology. It aims at creating self-led economic, social and political transformation starting at the community level. Asamo said they see potential in using this initiative to roll out the parish development model and other development programmes.

Francis Shanty Odokrach, country director Oxfam in Uganda has said they have already registered achievements.

“There is a reduction in domestic violence as a result of improved relations at household level. An increase in productivity for agricultural value chains resulting from joint planning and decision making starting from the household level,” said Odokrach.

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