While addressing the media at the Kampala geopolitics press conference hosted inside the Makerere University main building today Friday October 5th, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe was asked by a women rights activist to explain why there are no pictures of female Vice Chancellors in his boardroom.
In his reply, Nawangwe revealed that the history and values of Makerere University were mainly shaped by men during the early days after its establishment and their motto was “Let us be men.”
“When Makerere was started close to a hundred (100) years ago, there were only men in the university and the motto of Makerere University in 1922 was ‘let us be men. ”So women were excluded but great transformations have taken place. At the moment, if you take say… 20 years ago the composition of women in the academic staff was like 10%, but we have made progress, they are about 35% now.” Nawangwe explained.
According to Nawangwe, the students’ female population was about 10% when he had just joined Makerere University but currently, the women are more than men.
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