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Being empowered as a woman should not resonate to undermining your husband – Prof. Nakanyike B. Musisi cautioned

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By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/KMA Updates.

Makerere University: While giving her keynote address at the CHUSS International Humanities Conference 2022 at Makerere University, the Professor of African History at Makerere University Nakanyike B. Musisi warned women who use their empowerment capacity to bring down their husbands saying it’s by the norm that wives should respect their husbands regardless of their status.Prof. Nakanyike B. Musisi, a professor of African History at University, Canada gives a kenote address during Day 2 of Internationational Humanities Conference 2022 at Makerere University. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.

She made this remark to oppose the notion that “an empowered woman is an unruly one”
which is not true.

“A feminist should not subjugate another person, the one who does so, ‘that is hijacked
feminism’. Feminism only requires us not to be abused and we should not to abuse others,”
she remarked.

She also noted that some empowered women have failed to last in their marriage because
they ride on their empowerment to abuse their husbands. She requested marriedwomen to
balance the two.

About the International Humanities Conference, like many others, Prof. Nakanyike Musisi
emphasized that the world needs more of humanities intervention to develop.

She pointed out that humanities is directly connected to public behavior.

Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, the Chairperson Organizing Committee of the CHUSS
International Humanities 2022 conference guided that women should keep their roles even
when empowered.Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, the Chairperson Organizing Committee of the
International Humanities conference 2022. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.

“When you are empowered, it defines what you can do and what you can’t do and which
resources are available and the power to realize them but in all, find modalities to impact
your family,” advised Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo.

”An empowered woman should not behave like you are on the mountain, all she needs is
having a family setting where she is respected, recognizes that she’s contributing and
understands that she is a human being and knows that a husband and wife work together, a family being core to both,” she added.

Speaking during session titled, Feminist and Women’s Empowerment- Interrogating dating
the Local Meaning of Women’s Empowerment in Uganda, Brenda Boonabana encouraged
women to always be part of family development by at least delegating since empowered
women have resources and a lot of responsibilities.Ms. Brenda Boonabana one of the speakers on “Feminist and Women’s Empowerment- Interrogating dating the Local Meaning of Women’s Empowerment in Uganda” topical discussion. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.

She related this to the recent study they conducted on women empowerment and
resilience in agricultural communities of Isingiro and Alebtong districts which rose concern
for women to balance work and family in order for their status not to override some
responsibilities.

Brenda Boonabana also noted that the people in the communities whom they interacted
with believed that empowerment should not divert a woman from the local expectations
such as ideals of the family or else it may lead to family break-ups or death.

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