“The number of full cabinet Ministers now stands at 14 out of 31 constituting 45.2 percent and the State Ministers are 24 out of 50 making it 48 percent," said UWOPA Chairperson Kamugo. "As a country and women, we are happy that Uganda is making progress towards gender parity which the country made commitments to under the AU African charter on election, democracy and governance.”
Addressing journalists at Parliament on Good Friday, a section of UWOPA members applauded the passing of the Employment (Amendment) Bill, 2019, saying that it will help strengthen the protection of workers’ rights in Uganda and promote gender equality.
UWOPA, established during the 5th Parliament (1989-1994) is a caucus comprising of female Members of Parliament but also open to male members as associates or horary members. It aims at engendering the legislative process, creating awareness campaigns and encouraging lobbying and advocacy.
Currently, the 10th Parliament has a total of 152 female MPs of while 20 are on direct seats. The 11th Parliament set to open in May, 2021 will have a total of 173 female MPs out of a population of 529 legislators. These include District Woman MPs, directly elected women and others.
The legislators under their umbrella group the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) on Thursday recommended that there should be an increase in funding to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to conduct capacity building to support both voters and candidates to use digital tools, passing a legislation promoting digital public goods through open data and free Wi-Fi all over the country among others.
Kamugo says that only one out of the four donors of its 2016-2021 strategic plan is still funding the association, which money is earmarked for paying the five staff at the secretariat. Plan International, Democratic Governance Facility, European Union and UNDP are expected to support the implementation of the plan.