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Activists call for targeted financial inclusion of women

Muthoki Nzioka makes her speech

Muthoki Nzioka makes her speech

Targeted financial inclusion of women is one of the transformative initiatives that will lead to gender equality since it would allow all-round community participation, life-changing opportunities and access to resources and services, a stakeholders dialogue has concluded.

Held under the theme, "Advaction For Inclusive Financing For Women's Leadership And Economic Empowerment", the dialogue organised by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in partnership with the African Women’s Development Network (FEMNET) Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU) and Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) discussed the importance of economic empowerment and how to present workable solutions to address existing barriers hindering women's economic progress.

Esther Namboka, founder of Gals Forum International, called upon women to use social media (technology) to market their work or businesses far and beyond their geographical and physical locations.

According to Muthoki Nzioka, program associate at FEMNET financial empowerment will help mitigate prevailing gender-based issues such as early marriages and unplanned pregnancies for young girls. She also asked for gender-friendly policies since women are not generally no

She also added that women don't exist on their own, women exist in a society and sometimes some governments go ahead and make some friendly policies but because they do not have religious and cultural backing the policies end up becoming useless and so she urges all the stakeholders to come on board as they to make women get a better financial position. 

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