Uganda

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Jacob L. Oulanyah (Male)
Year of birth
1965
Additional information
Elected on 24 May 2021.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Adolf Kasaija Mwesige (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 15 July 2021.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
368
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
188
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
33.81% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Auma Hellen Wandera (Female)

Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
112
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Reserved seats (see previous question), with special ballot in each district for women candidates only.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
338
Number of women elected
161
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
32.26%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The number of women elected (161) under “Members elected, by sex” comprises:
- Constituency Representatives: 15
- District Women Representatives: 146*
*Of the 146 District Women Representatives, 135 are elected from the districts, 1 from the capital city and 10 others from the new cities (City Women Representatives).

In addition, 13 women were indirectly elected, as follows.
- Youth Representatives: 2
- Representatives of disabled persons: 3
- Workers' Representatives: 2
- Representatives of older people: 3
- Representatives of the Uganda People's Defence Forces: 3
As at 6 April 2021, there were a total of 174 women among 529 members.

The President subsequently appointed 27 ex officio members, including 15 women.
Meanwhile, the number of women among the Constituency Representatives decreased from 15 to 14.
As at 23 July 2021, there were a total of 188 women out of 556 members. These statistics are reflected under the “New legislature” section.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
161
Women Indirectly Elected
13
Women Appointed
15

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
368
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
188
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Jacob L. Oulanyah (Male)
Political party
National Resistance Movement (NRM)
Date of election
24.05.2021
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1962
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1962
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1962
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1962
First woman speaker
Year of first woman speaker Date at which, for the first time in the country's parliamentary history, a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses.
2011

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA)
(January 1989)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The association was estabilished during the National Resistance council (NRC) in the 5th Parliament of Uganda (1989 - 1994).

The Uganda Women Parlimentarians Association (UWOPA) is comprised of all women members of the parliament, but is also open to former women members and the male members as associates/ and or honorary members.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
• Identify critical areas of political and economic concern especially to women and develop approaches and strategies to address them.
• Engender the Legislative processes in parliament and also address the gender gaps in all legislation
• Emancipate women in Uganda by empowering women members of parliament to carry out development activities in their constituencies and other areas of interest.
• Mobilise and encourage women to effectively participate in political and economic activities.
• Research, document and disseminate gender disaggregated data on women’s contribution and challenges at all levels.
• Encourage networking among women members of parliament world- wide, women parliamentary associations, women in local councils and link them with other individuals and groups with shared objectives.
• Form pressure groups that analyse, translate information for civic education on women issues, and enhance women’s access to, and control in political and economic spheres of life.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Parliament Building, Room: E2-19,
Plot 16 - 18 Parliament Avenue, P.O Box 7178
Kampala
Uganda