Despite the inclusion of gender aspects in Uganda’s Forestry Policy, effective participation of women in decision-making processes remains scarce. Currently, women have no access by right and no control over productive resources such as forests. Dedicated roadmaps designed to address this issue are yet to be implemented or enforced.
Passionate, committed, entrepreneurial and visionary Gideon Ssekidde, 35, is a forest contractor with many years of experience, gained while working with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Planet Green World- a private forest contracting firm. After about six years he embarked on what could potentially be a long and lonely yet rewarding journey of establishing his own business. In 2017, he opened Green Belt Environmental Consult Limited, providing forest contracting services including mapping, planning, demarcation, plantation establishment and maintenance.