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  • The Women's Parliament 2015: The first of its kind in Uganda

    Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) as part of its advocacy on implementation of gender sensitive legislation is organising a Women’s Parliament with a theme “Women’s participation and empowerment: Addressing challenges of CEDAW implementation”. The activity which is funded by The West Minster Foundation-Uganda Chapter will focus on the gender issues faced by the women country wide a create a way forward in form of advocacy plan to address them. Read more about [node:title]

  • Press release on Affirmative Action proposals to the Constitutional Amendments (June 2015)

    1.0 Back ground
    Uganda is a party to several international Human Rights frameworks that guarantee that women’s rights are human rights. The international and regional legal frameworks include: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); United Nations (UN) Chapter 7: “An election is not in compliance with International obligations and standards unless it includes the opportunity for full and equal participation of women as well as men” and; The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325.
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  • Monitoring of the implementaion of Gender based laws-DVA, FGM and TIP Acts

    UWOPA has embarked on its role of monitoring the level of implementation of gender based laws that were passed in the 8th Parliament; the Trafficking in Persons Act (TIP), Domestic Violence Act (DVA) and Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act. The purpose of the exercise is to assess the impact of the laws in relation to eradication of the violence abuse of women' s rights. In the first quarter, 2015, UWOPA has carried out sensitization of the DVA in Buikwe, Mpigi and Butambala districts and monitoring of TIP Act in Kampala, Koboko and Malacha districts. Read more about [node:title]

  • Women MPs call for scientist’s intervention in GMOs

    Uganda is steadily integrating biotechnology in to national development processes. Over the past 15 years, Uganda has been developing critical capacity across sectors in order to develop and apply modern biotechnology for the benefit of the country. In 2008, the Government of Uganda adopted the National Biotechnology and Bio safety policy as a guiding principle to build human resources and infrastructure capacity so as to strengthen research, development and innovation in biotechnology including Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
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  • UWOPA commends the appointment of Hon Kasule Justine Lumumba as NRM SG

    The family of UWOPA and its associate members during a press briefing on 15th January 2015, hailed President Yoweri Museveni for respecting the constitutional provision that calls for 10-40% women representation at all leadership positions by appointing Hon Lumunba Kasule Justice to the position of Secretary General (SG), and Hon Nsereko Rosemary Namayanja as Treasurer respectively. The Chairperson UWOPA called up all political parties to emulate the good practice of governance in recognizing women as potential and able leaders at all leadership levels
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  • New Amuru MP Joins Parliament, replaces Bigombe

    The new Member of Parliament for Amuru district, Hon. Lucy Akello, won a by-election held on November 20, 2014 to replace Hon. Betty Bigombe, the former Minister of State for Water, who resigned to take on a new job in the World Bank in Washington, USA.
    The new legislator swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. She also swore to give faithful service to Parliament.
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  • Statement for the 16 Days of Activism 2014 by UWOPA

    1.0 Introduction and statement of the problem

    Each year around the world, 16 Days of Activism is celebrated from 25th November to 10th December 2014. The days include the commemoration of the days of observance of Human Rights, World AIDs Day among others. Various events take place to highlight the economic, political and social achievements of women. Governments, Civil Society Organizations, Institutions, Development Partners, Women’s Groups, the Private Sector and the Media participate in commemorating the day. Read more about [node:title]

  • The review of the Local Government Act exercice concluded

    UWOPA last week, on 23rd October 2014, concluded on the exercise it set out to review the Local Government Act as amended in 1997. The exercise was done through concrete analysis of the Act and consultations were done in Zombo, Nebbi, Tororo, Iganga, Mukono and Mityana districts. During the meetings, the consultant guided participants to identify gender issues in the Act and propose amendments that can ensure both men and women benefit from this law. The proposals will be disseminated to the entire UWOPA membership for action. Read more about [node:title]

  • DIAKONIA project launched

    UWOPA launched the mentoring projected supported by DIAKONIA on 14th /15th October 2014. The project is aimed at implementing a mentoring project to build the capacity of grass root women and girls to take up leadership positions both at the local and national levels. The project aims at creating a cadre of energetic women equipped with knowledge and skills who can influence positive changes in their communities once they take up leadership positions, the project is for six months.
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  • Discussion on women's political participation and decision making

    In preparation to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Beijing platform for Action; the UN launched a global campaign in New york in June to spark dialogues and actions on women's empowerment and equality under the theme: Empowering Humanity, Picture it! In that regard, MGLSD with support from UN Women organised a series of activities to engage with various stakeholders and agree on the way forward in addressing challenges under each critical areas. The latest of the activities was a round table discussion that was organised on 9th September. Read more about [node:title]