New York, 13 th March 2023- After hosting a very successful International Women’s Day in Kiruhura
district, the Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Amongi Betty Ongom has arrived
in New York, USA, where she is leading the Ugandan delegation to the 67 th session of the United Nations
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
The conference taking place at the UN headquarters from 6-17 th March 2023, is running under the
priority theme: “Innovation and Technological Change, and Education in the Digital Age for Achieving
Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls.”
Amongi takes over from the Minister of State for Gender and Culture affairs, Hon. Mutuuzo Peace Regis
who has been the alternate head of delegation from when the first delegation arrived in New York
before Women’s Day.
The current session will also review the agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session, which looked at
the “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women
Some of the Uganda-centered discussions will include side events on: Creating solutions, partnerships
and synergies for a gender responsive digitally driven legal industry in Uganda; Uganda’s experience of
making digitization work for women and markets; and, challenges and opportunities in achieving gender
equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
Other topics will revolve around higher education and civil society collaboration for the technological
advancement of girls and women; women’s agency in post-conflict reconciliation in Uganda; developing
a policy that supports career progression for women in engineering/science fields; expanding and
reducing the coast of broadband; intensifying women’s functional adult literacy skills; and putting in
place counter strategies an mechanisms for cyber harassment and blackmail.
Among those on the Ugandan delegation is: the third Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Rukia Isanga
Nakadama, the Minister of the Presidency, Hon. Milly Babalanda, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of
Gender, Labour and Social Development, Mr. Aggrey David Kibenge, a host of Members of Parliament
and top officials from Civil Society Organizations.
In her first briefing with the team, Minister Amongi implored the delegation to keep President Yoweri
Museveni’s women’s Day key message on developing programmes that help households fight poverty
and increase incomes.
The Minister revealed that she will also be meeting the World Bank team in New York on the
implementation of the UGX 800 billion Growth Opportunities and Productivity for Women Enterprises
(GROW) Project that was launched by President Museveni in Kiruhura.
It is the largest effort to support women economic empowerment in Uganda.