UWOPA: Championing more women in key leadership positions

Speak­ing to the me­dia at Par­lia­ment last week, the Chairperson Uganda Par­lia­men­tary Wom­en’s As­so­ci­a­tion (UWOPA) Hon. Pamela Ka­mugo Nasiyo, applauded the good leadership by the Speaker of the 10th parliament Rht. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and Hon. Betty Aol the leader of op­pos­tion.

Uganda Par­lia­men­tary Wom­en’s As­so­ci­a­tion (UWOPA) is a par­lia­ment cau­cus es­tab­lished dur­ing the 5th par­lia­ment of Uganda (1989-1994), com­pris­ing of all women mem­bers of par­lia­ment but open to male mem­bers as as­so­ci­ates or horary mem­bers.

The institution was established to en­gen­der the leg­isla­tive process, cre­ate aware­ness cam­paigns and en­cour­age lob­by­ing and ad­vo­cacy, net­work­ing, ex­change pro­grammes, train­ing, and in­sti­tu­tional/ or­ga­ni­za­tional ca­pac­ity build­ing.

UWOPA lead­ers called upon the Pres­i­dent elect to ap­point women in key de­ci­sion mak­ing po­si­tions in the next gov­ern­ment and tasked the members elected to the 11th parliament to re-elect the Rht. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga for a third term as Speaker noting that there is a need to have a fe­male representation in the top positions of the three arms of government.

Nasiyo noted that Par­lia­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Re­becca Kadaga had per­formed exceptionally well on leg­is­la­tion, over­sight, ap­pro­pri­a­tion, and rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Uganda elected 353 directly elected MPs and 146 district Woman MPs. Each of the 10 new cities elected a Woman MP to add on the 136 elected by the districts including Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

The 11th parliament of Uganda will elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker after the swearing ceremony of the president and members of parliament scheduled for May 2021.

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