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The fate of thousands of women and girls held as sex slaves and child soldiers by Uganda's Lords Resistance Army rebels hangs in the balance.
Since the insurgency began in 1986, the LRA has abducted thousands of women and girls. Some find opportunities to escape their captors, but according to a 2008 UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report, approximately 3,000 women and children are still held by the rebels.
The Women Members of Parliament are accusing Parliamentary leadership of ignoring international protocols in ensuring gender balance.
The women say they should be given at least 30% of all leadership positions, which is not the current case.
The matter was raised by MP Cecilia Ogwal, supported by Beti Amongi and the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, after the NRM had assigned its members to the various committees.
Women and girls returning to northern Uganda from forced conscription into the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) struggle to resettle in their home communities because of stigma and a severe shortage of reintegration facilities tailored to their needs, say analysts and returnees.
More and more people are becoming aware of the plight of child soldiers through the books (often memoirs) and films (often documentaries) that have hit the market in the past few years. Particularly in Africa, boys are recruited to fight in civil conflicts, so young they can barely carry the guns they are issued.
Whenever Marie*, just 16, looks at her lively toddler, Honoré*, she has the most intimate reminder of the 25-year reign of terror inflicted by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army on innocent villagers in Uganda and neighbouring countries.
A lot has been said about President Museveni's new Cabinet choices. Some names have attracted criticism while others have been praised. In explaining his choices, the President made mention of a “cross-generation” Cabinet that was picked on the basis of unity, mobilisation ability and expertise.
On Sept. 9, 1990, 21 years ago, rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army, LRA, abducted Florence Amony from her home in Palenga, a village in northern Uganda, as she slept. She was just 13.
Over three decades ago a 14-year-old girl, her sister and a group of young teenagers from Bukwo headed to the River Amana for a ceremony that would change their lives forever.
Since her childhood, Gertrude Chebet had been told of the day she would become a woman. She was led to believe it would be a great moment of change and it was something to look forward to with much joy.
THE year 2010 began with a political showdown on the side of women, especially those in the opposition. On January 18, the Police arrested 33 women from the Inter-party cooperation (IPC) who had stormed the Electoral Commission (EC) offices demanding the resignation of commission chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu and his team.
Political participation of women has changed since 2005 when Uganda, under donor pressure, opened political space to allow political parties in a country that had been largely a one-party state. With these new political changes, more women found space to engage in politics.