Outgoing Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) chairperson Angella Baigaine says its the regional block where women voices can be hard to grow not only views but business transactions.
“I wish to urge new chairperson for Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited and the entire board to advocate for women voices in East Africa integration. UWEAL is a member of the Federation of East Africa national business platform where decisions on cross border business can be harmonised,” Baigaine said.
She however cautioned the new board against corruption and misusing the association properties to fail the organisation.
“We did our excellent work that was visible however as the new board needs to be accountable and mobilise more resources and funding projects to ensure that projects in the pipeline are implemented within the framework time. This includes the completion of the state of art incubation centre for women in Namanve industrial park. They estimate the cost to be shs13billion,” Baigaine said.
She made the humble appeal to women while handing over office to the new board of directors in Kampala.
UWEAL is a member of the Federation of National Association of Women in business in Eastern and Southern Africa (Femcon)
UWEAL new board chairperson Dr Barbara Ofwono Buyondo pledged to carry on the mantle to ensure accountability and mentorship of women in business.
“I pledge not to disappoint women in realising UWEAL agenda especially they trust they put in me during elections. Also, I pledge to continue mobilising and monitoring UWEAL funds so that they achieve their intended purpose,” Buyondo said.
“I also pledge to complete construction of sh13billion incubation centre for UWEAL during my term of office,” Buyondo added.
UWEAL came into existence in 1987, over 30 years ago by four visionary women in business as a membership-based organization. They incorporated it during that time when many considered the idea of women in business taboo in Uganda.
They set out to change perception and set up in place platform to promote women in business in Uganda. And network with other women in business globally.
UWEAL has spearheaded the transformation of the landscape that gives women in business a voice. Women can showcase that women are as capable to start and run a business as much as men.
They firmly placed the association in the private sector. It is assisting and providing the necessary support and guidance to women in business. And to advocate for favourable policies through which women entrepreneurs can flourish
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