Women parliamentarians acquire skills in engendering legislation

Jul 18, 2016

Ms. Rosa Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative listens to one of the female legislators during the discussions on the left upper side after delivering her remarks on the right upper end. Below are some the legislators in a group photos with some of the panelists who included Ms. Almaz Gebru (centre in orange), the UNDP Country Director next to her is Ms. Janat Mukwaya (in blue hijab bead wrap), the Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Entebbe - Women parliamentarians, through the Inclusive Effective Governance portfolio, have been trained on “Engendering legislation and forging strategic partnerships for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda.”

The three day training was the inaugural capacity building workshop for women legislators of the 10th Parliament.

“The goals of equality, sustainable development and peace cannot be achieved without the active participation of women and incorporation of their issues at all levels of decision making.” Ms. Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative said while addressing the women legislators.

“These training sessions are not just about governance and leadership opportunities. They are also about sharing a responsibility that we have to inspire the next generation of women leaders,” Ms. Malango stated.

She added that as leaders therefore, women must equip ourselves with the necessary skills, knowledge and partnerships to enable them lead a dignified life and be able to inspire today’s young girls to be exemplary women in future.

Ms. Malango lauded the women legislators for increasing women’s participation in national politics. At 32%, the 10th Parliament’s female representation is higher than the global average. However, she called on them to address the disconnect between Uganda's extremely positive legal framework and the lack of effective implementation of gender-responsive laws.

The training was  attended by female Members of Parliament and Ministers including Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni, the First Lady and Minister of Education who advised the legislators to be honest in their responses to their community in order to be valued and trusted as leaders.

Hon Janat Mukwaya, Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, called for similar capacity building initiatives to be extended to women representatives at lower levels of governance in districts and their sub-counties.

“This,” she said, “will ensure that leadership tools and skills are passed down to those at the grassroots.”

The training was organised together with UN Women, The Swedish Embassy, Parliament of Uganda and Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development the training focused on addressing the dynamic roles women MP need to embrace at any given time.

It highlighted their roles in achieving the second National Development Plan (NDP II) and Uganda’s Vision 2040. It also underlined the importance of their participation in Gender and Equity Budgeting, Justice and its implication to legislation and women’s empowerment as well as issues of grooming and etiquette.

“You are all agents of change; not just for gender agenda but for Uganda and its Vision.” Ms. Almaz Gebru, the UNDP Country Director told the legislators during a panel discussion to address their roles in changing Uganda.