UGANDA: Uganda Government News: Women MP Decry Gender Insensitivity in Parliament

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Uganda Pulse
Eastern Africa
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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.

The NRM Chief whip John Nasasira however told the house that the leaders were appointed in consultation with the caucus, adding that the female legislators did not offer themselves for the task.

Most committees are chaired by the male MPS with a few female MPs appointed to deputize.

The only female chairpersons include the speaker Rebecca Kadaga who chairs the appointments and business committees and Florence Kintu who chairs the committee on public service and local governments.

The female Vice chairpersons include Susan Amero who is on the rules committee, Paula Turyahikayo on the ICT committee and Egunyu Nantume, the vice chairperson of the agriculture committee.

Others include Tete Chelangat, the vice chairperson of the tourism committee, Margret Aleper on the social services committee and Margret Babadiri vice chairperson of the committee on gender.