The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, has reaffirmed the importance of proper mentorship for boys to ensure a better future for girls and women.
The Archbishop made the remarks yesterday at the Church of Uganda International Women’s Day Celebrations at Namirembe Cathedral.
Kaziimba noted that while efforts are being made to address the marginalization of women, there is a tendency to overlook the boy child, cautioning that without adequate mentoring, boys may not fully appreciate the concept of gender equality.
Mugalu emphasized that gender-based discrimination is a systematic problem deeply entrenched in the social, political, and economic fabric of society.
Since his enthronement, Kaziimba has been advocating for the needs of the boy child, noting that historically, the Church and the nation have prioritized the education and empowerment of the girl child with efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy, early marriages, and gender-based violence, while the development and well-being of boys have been overlooked.
According to Kaziimba, achieving gender equity and uplifting women is not possible if the needs and development of the boy child are neglected, even if girls and women are empowered.
During the event, the province organized a cook day where men who are staff at the province prepared food.
This activity was chosen to demonstrate how women can be supported in even the seemingly smallest of issues in society by eliminating gender roles and stereotypes.