The Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has praised the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) for promoting good governance and democracy.
“FOWODE together with other partners actively engaged in the recently concluded elections by setting up a Women’s Situation Room that ensured peaceful elections countrywide,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker made these remarks at the launch of a caravan as part of the activities to celebrate 21 years of FOWODE at the National Museum on Monday, 28 November 2016
Kadaga also said that the role of women organisations in Uganda cannot be underestimated citing, the gains made in the 1995 Constitution that enabled women to participate in the socio, economic and political development process.
“It is important to note the critical role the Women Caucus played in the Constituent Assembly that ensured that women benefitted from the constitution making process,” she added.
Kadaga praised FOWODE for mentoring women in leadership adding that many women now hold high positions and are contributing to the country’s political agenda.
The Executive Director of FOWODE, Patricia Munabi said that their organisation has contributed to the reform of several aspects of the political and economic spectrum.
“We have contributed to the gender budgeting process; we are proud that we eventually also saw a gender sensitive budget being passed and increased participation in governance,”she said.
Munabi added that they have ‘a vision of a Ugandan society where men and women share equally in the decision making processes’.
The caravan will traverse six districts in different regions of the country over the next two weeks starting with Kabale. The caravan is to celebrate the elements of FOWODE’s work and showcase the impact it has had at personal, community, district and national levels.