The Rotary Club of Kampala Naalya has held its third annual Women in Rotary event where Rotarians committed to continue developing their communities as well as helping each other reach the top.
The Rwenzori Ballroom at the Sheraton Kampala hotel was full, wall to wall, with who-is-who in Rotary in Uganda.
Proscovia Nabbanja, a geologist and chief operations officer at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, gave the keynote address on how women can get to the top and remain there.
“You learn to juggle both motherhood and career and you must always find a balance and have a support system if you are to get to the top and remain there,” she said. Nabbanja is also the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Muyenga Sunset.
Her views were echoed by the panelists who discussed the role of women in community development. The panel included Barbara Kaija, the first Ugandan woman editor-in-chief at Vision Group; Jackie Asiimwe Mwesige, a woman activist; Amina Nasaazi, a surveyor and district Rotaract representative for Uganda and Tanzania; and Rosemary Mutyabule of Enterprise Uganda. The panel was moderated by Anne Nkutu, the incoming Rotary Uganda country chair.
District governor Ken Mugisha was the chief guest and encouraged women to do more and achieve more but also thanked them for the role they play in the community.
“Women were only admitted to Rotary in 1989 but they have played a great job. Clubs which are led by women like Kampala-Naalya do better than many which are led by men. Let us encourage more women to become Rotarians,” he said.
Stephie Gacukuzi, the president of the Rotary Club of Kampala-Naalya, thanked all Rotarians and others for embracing the event.
The event was sponsored by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation; Vivo Energy, distributors of Shell products; Rela Dental Clinic; and DStv.
Several women won several awards and they include Rosette Nabbumba, a former Rotary Uganda country chair; Dr Grace Nambatya, a nutritional medicine expert; and Rita Nkemba of the Dwelling Places.
Ivuga band performed and Rotarians were seen pulling rare strokes on the dancing floor till the wee hours of Sunday. Proceeds from the event will go to Akwang Hill SS in Agago district, where the Rotary Club of Kampala-Naalya is building a modern computer lab.