Uganda

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga (Female)
Year of birth
1956
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Jane Lubowa Kibirige (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
8 Feb. 2012 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men
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Women
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Age

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Proscovia Oromait (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
79
Oldest member
Henry Kajura (Male)

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 > 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