Gender Equality Milestone: Uganda Aims for 50% Women Representation in Decision-Making

KAMPALA,(UG)-Women leaders have called for 50 percent representation in top positions saying the lower numbers in decision-making have delayed proposals to support and empower them. The women made the remarks during the celebration of the fifth National Women’s Week in Kampala yesterday.

The State Minister for Gender and Culture, Peace Mutuuzo, called for the scaling up of women’s representation from 30 to 50 percent in top positions in alignment with constitutional objectives. Mutuuzo said they have been advocating for active participation in the review process and urging individuals and organisations to engage with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs over the matter.

The Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) Executive Director, Rita Aciro, said women should fight for their rights, arguing that though Uganda has made significant progress in women empowerment, women in leadership need more space to fight for others who are lagging.

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2022, Uganda ranks 109th out of 156 countries in terms of gender parity in top leadership positions, with women occupying 37 percent of senior management positions in the private sector, and only 36.2 percent of leadership positions in the public sector.