MPs Root For Women Professionals Data Bank

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The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa says the national data bank is crucial in instances where government wants to front women for key positions in government.

Female legislators are rooting for a national data bank for all women professionals in the country.

The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa says the national data bank is crucial in instances where government wants to front women for key positions in government.

While speaking at the launch of a five-year strategic plan for the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), Nankabirwa noted that it is a challenge for government to lobby for women for certain positions due to lack of information on their expertise.

She says the database makes it easy for government to create gender balance in the quest for representation in positions and to reach the 30 percent quota for women representation in all leadership positions.
 
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The 2016-2021 strategic plan by UWOPA seeks to promote gender parity in policies and development. It will focus on lobbying for economic empowerment for women; gender parity in leadership and decision making at all levels; rights of women and girls, as well as health and education for women and girls.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who launched the strategic plan at Protea Hotel in Kampala, says women should be at the center of lobbying for their rights in Parliament.

Kadaga also challenged government over delays in tabling amendments to the Succession Act as well as controversies surrounding the Marriage and Divorce bill.
 
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The United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac says Parliament should ensure there is gender equity in all sectors to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Monica Amoding, chairperson of UWOPA says seven working committees, which include male MPs, have been formed to champion different areas in Parliament.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.