Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye who flew out of the country on Monday was yesterday among the guests who turned up to witness Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima’s honorary award at University of Manchester.
“Winnie delivered the Foundation Lecture (on advancing Women’s Rights)- the highlight- before conferment of honorary Doctorates. Celebrating the award of an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Manchester to Winnie. It’s a great honour and recognition of her work,” Dr Besigye shared on Twitter.
Byanyima, who is also an alumna of the University, used the occasion of the ceremony to give a Foundation Lecture entitled ‘Advancing Women’s Rights in an Unequal World: A personal perspective’, in which she’ll outline some of the experiences of her unique career in politics and international development.
The Ugandan-born Byanyima leads Oxfam International, a confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. She led Uganda’s first parliamentary women’s caucus which championed ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the country’s 1995 post-conflict constitution.
A signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement, Ms Byanyima has helped to broker and support women’s participation in political transitions in Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and other countries emerging from conflict.
She has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester and returned to campus earlier this year to launch the University’s Global Development Institute, Europe’s largest research and teaching institute dedicated to international development.