THEMATIC AREA TWO
Advancing gender responsive governance and women’s effective participation in public life
To promote social accountability, rule of law and gender responsive governance at local, national and regional levels
FIDA Activities Conducted Under Governance and Advocacy During 2017
Uganda is widely recognized for its influential position on women emancipation and empowerment. Uganda’s Constitution provides for affirmative action and fair representation of marginalized groups and is reinforced by the Local Government Act which provides that at least one third of all local government council seats be reserved for women. Uganda has witnessed a marked increase in the number of women in politics and decision-making positions. Notably, affirmative action has realized 25% women composition of parliamentary seat and at least 30% in local councils. However, low levels of women’s education, inadequate leadership skills and multiple domestic demands leave women with little capacity to engage in leadership fora. In addition, social norms inhibit women’s participation in politics and other spheres of governance. Moreover, even when women occupy key state structures in the executive, legislature and judiciary, there is no guarantee that they will effectively influence these spheres to promote gender parity.