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Ugandan leader Museveni pushes for girls' rights

07 December 2015, 15:16

Kampala – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly pledged to uplift the girl child, saying that women need support from an early age because they are the pillars of the family, a report said on Monday.

According to Daily Monitor, Museveni said this during a campaign rally in Sapir Primary School, Serere County, Serere District.

Museveni said education was important for women, adding that his wife, Janet, was able to take care of the family as he engaged in several wars for 13 years because she was educated.

An educated woman is the centre of gravity. Men deceive themselves that they are the kings but women are the real kings. I spent a total of 13 years in the bush fighting and you may wonder that how did Museveni have a family? But because my wife was educated, she was able to handle,” Museveni was quoted as saying.

This was not the first time Museveni spoke about the uplifting of the girl child.

Speaking during the Women's Day celebrations at Wigins Secondary School in Kumi district recently, Museveni said marginalising girls in the field of education would lead to unbalanced growth, according to New Vision.

Museveni said there was need to shun the traditional family lifestyle that casts the girl child in the background in preference of boy children, the report said.

- News24


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