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Women Activists Upbeat About Increased District Council Reps

Jesca Atai, the program manager of Narua -a Community Based Organization advocating for women’s rights and good governance in Kotido District says that the decision is a milestone in all efforts to bring women’s issues to the forefront taking precedence in the district councils and eventually transforming communities.

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Karamoja based Women activists have welcomed an amendment to the Local Government Act to increase the representation of women in district councils to 50 per cent. 

The changes created a seat for women representatives in every sub-county, town council and urban divisions. Previously, a woman councillor represented two or three sub-counties or town councils. Earlier, women representation in the district councils was limited to a third of the available slots.

The change is part of the Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which was passed earlier in the year, but failed to get the Presidential assent when the President rejected the introduction of educational qualifications of Advanced and Ordinary Level requirements for persons wishing to stand for chairperson or mayor of a municipal council, town council, division council, and councillor of a district council respectively.

Jesca Atai, the program manager of Narua -a Community Based Organization advocating for women’s rights and good governance in Kotido District says that the decision is a milestone in all efforts to bring women’s issues to the forefront taking precedence in the district councils and eventually transforming communities. 

Atai explains that women have not been fairly represented before. She is optimistic that with the new legislation, issues that affect women and children such as access to water, domestic violence among others will soon improve.    

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Christine Akello, a program officer at FIDA-Uganda – the Association of Women Lawyers told URN that the district councils can now appropriately debate important issues that directly affect women. She is hopeful that the fair representation of women will also address social challenges affecting the women in council. 

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Moroto District Speaker Rose Adero is equally optimistic that the change will promote fair representation and better service delivery.  

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Stephan Adupa, another female representative for the people of Tapac in Moroto district says women often vote carefully on matters about family, marriage, and social protection as mothers, and that the increase in the number of women is likely to have a great influence on the issues and how they affect society. 

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