Once again, for the third year running, the Luweero Women’s Trade Fair was held in Luweero District from 27th to 29th September 2017. This time round, the venue was Wobulenzi Play Ground where hundreds joined the procession of exhibitors from Wobulenzi Trading Center to the venue. The third Luweero Women’s Trade Fair was held under the theme: "Ensuring Women’s Economic Justice through Collective Marketing".
The event attracted various exhibitors and show goers from the business community within Luweero and other districts. Among the exhibitors were the 26 women groups that work with EASSI, representatives from the business community, Non-Government Organizations, Schools and Individuals. Various products including handcrafts, hibiscus products, organic seeds, fruits, herbal products, vegetables, cereals, sweet potato products, clothes, Machines, and honey among others were exhibited. The 2017 trade fair attracted 88 exhibitors.
The Acting ED of EASSI Christine Nankubuge said that 6 out of the 26 women groups in Luweero that the project works with are Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) beneficiaries and were present at the trade affair. She brought to the attention of the participants that there is a market survey that is being undertaken in Luweero under the WEJ- Project for purposes of sustainability.
“The survey will help both government and local communities. I call upon Government to continue supporting women and the mothers of Uganda for a better Uganda and borrow from the market survey after it is launched.’’ Said Ms. Christine.
The UWEP Advocacy Manager from Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Mr. Joshua Kyalimpa appreciated women for their effort in contributing to development of Uganda. He appreciated EASSI for the work well done with the women in terms of value addition, promotion of collective marketing through the Luweero Women Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (LUWMCO) that was formed with support from EASSI. He encouraged women to improve their products through value addition to tap into the international market through exportation particularly the East Africa Community common market.
Luweero Women’s Trade Fair was organized by the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) as one of the activities undertaken under the Women’s Economic Justice (WEJ) project in Luweero district with support from FOKUS, a Norwegian organization. The project is implemented in partnership with the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the National Association of Women in Uganda (NAWOU).
The Women’s Economic Justice Project speaks to strategic Objective number 2 of the EASSI strategic Plan 2014-2018 which caters for Gender and economic Development. The focus under this thematic is economic empowerment of women to increase Women’s real power over economic decisions that influence their lives and priorities in society
The project seeks to achieve goal number 5 of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals which is important in achieving the other 16 goals. It is in line with the Beijing Platform for Action, Maputo Protocol and the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.
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