Advancing female participation in football in Uganda

Welcome to the Premier Skills online panel discussion under the theme: Advancing Female participation in football in Uganda


Female participation in football has often been an area that has been neglected for several reasons. In Uganda, there is a lack of opportunities for girls and young women to engage in sports activities. A new generation of women's football has emerged in Uganda in recent years. Cultural change has taken place, with an ever-increasing number of girls and women playing football. However, the structures of women's football in Uganda are still emerging and are not yet well developed. Consequently, not many girls gain access to football and the number of female football coaches, who can serve as role models, is very low.

This event was held in the lead up to the Goal 5 Summit (18 - 22 October) to mark the International Day of the Girl Child. The summit utilizes the Goal 5 Accelerator Model to address gender equality at three levels:

  1. On the Pitch, for girls and women playing football
  2. On the Side-lines, for female coaches
  3. In Organizations, for female leaders and decision makers

Objectives of the Panel discussion:

  1. Increase the profile and visibility of female football
  2. Influencing positive gender inclusive policies and practices by key stakeholders
  3. Secure commitment from key stakeholders on improving female football.
  4. Increased profile and visibility of the Goal 5 Summit.
  5. Commemorating the day of the girl child 11 Oct.


Mr Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Head of Sports, Nation Media Group Moderator

Ms. Rebecca Welch

Consultant, Premier League Charitable Fund

How female participation advances the game of football: A Premier League Perspective & initiatives supporting female participation.

Ms. Lydia Stephans Mukisa

Premier Skills Participant and Coach

Barriers to female participation in Uganda

Mr. Ali Mwebe


Director of Football Development, FUFA

Female participation in Uganda: Where are we and strategies for increasing female participation

Ms. Sayson Rossette Meya

Chairperson, Uganda Olympic Committee, Gender Equality and Diversity Commission

The role of different stakeholders in improving female participation

Ms Angela Nakafeero

Commissioner, Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

The ministry’s response

Ms. Natalie Arnold

Consultant, Premier Skills, UK

Gender equality through Premier Skills

Mr. Steve Davis

Uganda Director, Soccer without Borders

Uganda Goal 5 Summit 21

Mr Humphrey Mandu

Deputy CEO, FUFA

FUFA’s response

Mr. Chilufya Besa

Country Director, British Council Uganda

Closing remarks


Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 16:27