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close this bookWhen Hens begin to Crow - Gender and Parliamentary Politics in Uganda (Fountain Publishers, 1999, 254 p.)
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Open this folder and view contents1 Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2 Profiles of Five Political Women
Open this folder and view contents3 Gender and the Politics of Parliamentary Representation
Open this folder and view contents4 Women in the Parliamentary Electoral Process
Open this folder and view contents5 The Gender Dynamics of Intraparliamentary Politics
Open this folder and view contents6 Women's Legislative Activities Inside Parliament: Trends and Directions
Open this folder and view contents7 Into the Trenches: Women Legislators and Their Constituents
Open this folder and view contents8 Media-ted Portrayals of Women Politicians
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View the documentAppendix 1: Glossary of African Terms
View the documentAppendix 2: Reflections on Methodological Issues
View the documentAppendix 3: Women Legislators, 1950-1998
View the documentAppendix 4: Women's ''Firsts'' in National Politics
View the documentAppendix 5: Women Cabinet Ministers, 1962-1998
View the documentAppendix 6: Women's Organizations/Institutions That Participated in the Study
View the documentAppendix 7: Male Parliamentarians Interviewed in the Study
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Appendix 4: Women's ''Firsts'' in National Politics

First black woman MP (nominated)

Pumla Kisosonkole1 (1957)

First woman parliamentary secretary (Ministry of Planning and Community Development)

Florence Lubega (1963)

First woman to win an elective parliamentary seat in her own right (NCC, Kampala district)

Rhoda Kalema (1979)

First woman minister (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Elizabeth Bagaya (1973)

First woman vice president

Specioza Kazibwe (1994)

First woman deputy speaker of parliament

Rebecca Kadaga (1996)2

First woman deputy chairperson of a Constituent Assembly

Victoria Mwaka (1994)

First woman campaign manager for a presidential candidate(Paul K. Ssemwogerere)

Mary Mutagamba (1996)

First woman ambassador

Elizabeth Bagaya (1972)

First black woman city councilor (Kampala City Council and Mengo Municipality)

Rebecca Mulira (1962)*

First woman mayor (Mbale town)

Janet Wesonga (1967)


1. Mrs. Kisosonkole was (she died in late 1997) a native of South Africa and was married to the late Saza chief, Sekibobo (Mutesa's father-in-law). At the time she was also the president of the Uganda African Women's League and vice-President of the Uganda Council of Women. A meeting was arranged for me to interview Mrs. Kisosonkole but it aborted due to her deteriorating health.

2. Although Kadaga held office for only five weeks, technically she was the first woman to preside over the House. Honorable Betty Okwir was elected (by fellow parliamentarians) as deputy Speaker on the sixth parliament in August 19%.