Doris Akol, As I steer forward an unstoppable, continuously improving
organisation, I can confidently say that URA is in safe hands with a
45% phenomenal women count, making extraordinary
transformative strides in our careers with passion to develop our
country. Allow me to recognise the URA ladies on the panel today and
those present. They do a tremendous job in ensuring URA achieves
her goals. I am so proud of you all.
Now let us speak about women and gender equality.
2. The pursuit for sustainability- SDG 5– Achieve gender equality
and empower all women and girls.
As the world envisions 2030, the wellbeing, growth and
sustainability for women is on the top radar for many
organisations, governments and other international bodies. The
To ensure women’s full and effective participation and
equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision
making in political, economic and public life.
What is gender equality?
Fellow women, gender equality is not about us crying foul over
the past ridicules we have been subjected to in a world of gender
inequalities, rather , we are to stand up tall, strong and
professional against any systems, structures, norms or beliefs
that prevent us from exploring our full potential. These
impediments is what I am going to focus my talk on today.
3. The bottlenecks to women’s success and solutions
Cultural huddles- Most of our cultures look down on women and up to the men
perceiving women as perpetually dependent on men. These
create unconscious bias.
The inhibitions that societies preach to us are manmade, God
made us all in his image. We are far much stronger than what
we have been perceived to be. So let us jump above such
huddles and pursue our dreams. The power is in forming
close and meaningful connections with one another. The
baganda say “agaali awamu…geegaluma enyama”
Competition against each other vs. networking It is said that “there is a place in heaven for women who
support each other”. Instead of competing with one another,
let us create networks and learn new skills. As we pull each
other up, be secure enough in your strengths and
capabilities and praise others for achievements attained. We
win better as a team and remember people are connectors
to opportunities. Make the most through networking, once
you find your network of supporters, don’t be afraid to
express your projects/ business ideas, ask for their opinions,
explicitly request for help if needed. You never know who has
the capacity to pull you up.
4. Doubting Thomas.
There is sometimes a negative voice distracting you from
moving forward. It makes you think less of yourself and often
times creates fear. Best way to deal with the doubts is
equipping yourself with knowledge. Read and research
widely, once you become knowledgeable, trust that
knowledge and confidently express yourself when challenged.
You need to work through the moments of self-doubt and not
wait for perfection before starting a business or taking on a
Be mindful of the fact that the road to success is paved
with losses, mishaps and mistakes, but it still can lead to
where you want to go. Take that step, however small, move
forward and don’t give up. Believe in your strengths and be
5. Male dominated careers-
Be the trail-blazer, go against the odds and pursue a career
field typically perceived to be for men. You will have not only
broken the stereotype but you will also have woken up more
women to take up the challenge. Trust me most of these
careers come with a juicy paycheck.
E.g. a. Technology (ICT)- To fit in the digital age, be
b. Plumbing- be that “Ms. Fix it”. Don’t mind getting your
hands dirty. At least you will be your own boss.
c. Mechanical engineering- start up a garage, pursue a
career in aero engineering.
d. Commercial farming- Tip; we all work so as to put food
on the table. So be the provider of this, the demand is a
6. Limited perceptions on Role of women.
We grew up being told that women cannot do this and that.
Times have changed Let us raise our little girls as strong
aspiring leaders in both business and the corporate world.
Tell them they can do anything anywhere.
Help them to confidently step out and defy the negative
gender based perceptions.
7. Work life balance- it is sometimes tough juggling a thriving
career, rewarding business and a happy family life. Since we
have chosen to have it all, Resilience, managing oneself
and avoiding time wasters is key. Fortunately in some
organisations the culture of work is being remodeled to allow
women more flexibility, an advantage for us. However,
working for yourself will probably always allow more freedom
than working for someone else. This is why I strongly
commend the women in business and encourage those still
hesitant to venture into one to please start. Even if in
employment, it is wise to have another income stream.
8. Trying to be male in female skin- we don’t have to be
aggressive or overly harsh to prove ourselves, instead stay
true to yourself, find your own voice, focus on getting to your
destined peak and rise above the waves. The negative voices
are a distraction, ignore them and master confidence in
➢ As Women, we can transform the nation if we have ambition,
are willing to do the hard work, put in the time to learn new
things and make groundbreaking experiences that bring
positive change to the world. So let us get working.
➢ Closing TIP for business- your take-home.
Here are two trending and lucrative businesses that I think we
should venture into;
1. Mobile business. Take your business from in-house to on-
wheels and start traveling to your customers.
There are several benefits associated with running a mobile
business and conducting services from anywhere. Not only does
it increase your opportunity to earn revenue from different
places, it also enables you to work on your own terms.
With an increase in online ordering and service delivery,
becoming a “business on wheels” will enable you to better serve
your current and potential customers.
Profitable mobile businesses include food delivery, Ice cream
trucks, repair services,
2. Child oriented businesses. With a fertility rate of 5.54,
Uganda has a 49% proportion of the population comprising
children under 15 years. So child-oriented businesses are
guaranteed to see profit. These include;
post natal mother care, child minders, childcare organizations
and entertainment services for kids. Depending on your skill set
and business goals, you can start a child minding home, Kids
Park, or new mothers nursing home to earn money.
Ladies, whatever you chose to do from today remember,
“A positive attitude enables you to face every challenge with
passion. Secondly, do not allow yourself to get contented with
yesterday’s success, comfort and growth should not co-exist. So
throw away that blanket and step into the new day with new
energies, purpose and passion”.
We are Women, no doubt God’s best creation. Let us take position
and assert our dignity. A toast to womanhood.