Whose interests are you living for?

SOLOMON MWIJE. How often do you sit to think and dream about your life? How often do you ask yourself what you are living for? What about the interests and motives that make you get out of bed to go to work each day? Please be reminded that when I talk about work I mean anything you do that consumes your physical or mental energies. Therefore, I am not only talking about the working class, the farmers, the taxi drivers, or boda boda cyclists here. Rather, I am talking about…

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There is need for gender equality in institutions

Solomon Mwije

BY SOLOMON MWIJE Social institutions like schools and workplaces mould us to behave in a generalized manner. We find ourselves acting not only by our inner influences but exceptionally geared by how society requires us to behave with regards to our sexual identities. This in simple terms is gender. Gender refers to the socially constructed distinctions between females and males and such distinctions relate to expected behaviours, roles, power to access and control resources, benefits and opportunities. Gender mainstreaming in simple terms is a process of integrating gender perspectives institutional…

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Gossiping is a disturbing common social weakness

BY SOLOMON  MWIJE Communication is the pivot on which every institution grows. No organization can survive without proper and effective communication networks. However, in most cases we concentrate on the formal communication networks and become oblivious to the informal ones yet these too affect our work behaviour and relationships. Not a week goes by without our ears getting trapped by unsolicited information of what has been talked about us or others. We then get caught up in what others are saying about a colleague at work. Even when our mouths…

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Social media becoming a workplace menace

BY SOLOMON MWIJE It is not a surprise that every ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ holds a smartphone. The smartphones are trendy and come with high-tech applications that catalyze easy communication,  often rendering the user addicted. The 2016 Global Media Research Report by Statista, says there are about 2.34 billion users of social media worldwide and these numbers are expected to rise tremendously to about 2.95 billion because of the current global social network penetration of 31 percent. As of 2016, over 1.71 billion people are actively using Facebook, 1 billion…

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Time for women to shine as economy opens up

There  is   no   doubt that women have directly or indirectly proven to be the cornerstone of socio-economic transformation at all levels especially  the household, though most of them mostly engage in agriculture for livelihood  compared to other development sectors. SOLOMON MWIJE writes According to the 2014 Uganda Population and Housing Census, females make up 51 percent of the population. The statistics on the working population aged 14-64 years show that 70.2 percent of females are engaged in subsistence agriculture as workers but fewer are in  market-oriented  agriculture. This…

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Uganda’s unemployment nurtures bad choices

The  2014 Uganda  Population Census revealed the country’s total population stands at 34.9 million. But we all know the anomalies that were associated with the 2014 Census processes! According to the CIA World Factbook, Uganda’s demographic is profiled at 38.3 million people as of 2016. Which one of the two reports is to be believed is a discussion for another day, SOLOMON MWIJE writes Both reports indicate that according to the country’s age structure, the biggest percentage is between 15 and 40 years old. This is an indicator of high…

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Gender based violence: Do not suffer silently

Some acts of violent behaviour practices daily against fellow human beings make one wonder where the world is headed, SOLOMON MWIJE writes For decades, gender-based violence (GBV) has been recognised as a violation of human rights and freedoms. GBV is any violence directed to anyone on the basis of their gender, whether in private or public, resulting in physical, sexual, mental, or socio-economic harm or suffering. Females disproportionately suffer more from violence compared to males because the gender stereotypes place them on the weaker side of the gender dichotomy. According…

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In whose favour is affirmative action? 

It is common for efforts in affirmative action to be directed only at females, because they have for long been disadvantaged by the patriarchal structures in our society. But is gender equality about girls and women? Or is it about both females and males? SOLOMON MWIJE writes The promotion of girl-child education gained momentum in the 1980s and ‘90s when strategies were designed to increase the number of girls joining and staying in school up to higher levels of education. However, this has not prospered without great hiccups. Even with…

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