|Women and the 1995 Constitution of Uganda (Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development - Uganda - WIDDANDA, 1995, 22 p.)|
In order for women to fully realise their constitutional rights they must be further supported by government. Government should as a priority streamline the formulation and implementation of policies which are gender integrated? In this regard the Ministry of Gender and Community Development should spearhead this process by initiating and monitoring gender responsive policies in ail government sectors and at districts.
4.2 The government has to embark on an extensive law reform programme to ensure that all existing laws are in consonance with the constitution. If this is not done there will be numerous constitutional cases.
4.3 The Constitution of Uganda makes provision for the President to give the state of the Nation Address every year. This should include how far the Government has implemented those provisions in the constitution and other laws which concern the welfare of women.
The Constitution of Uganda makes provision for the President to give the state of the Nation Address every year.
4.4 The Women activists/NGOs
In view of the significant developments in the new constitution, there are certain matters which should be taken as priority areas for action by women as an interest group. However, women are a heterogeneous and very large group. It is important that a specific actor is charged with the responsibility of spearheading the priorities for action. This involves either identifying an already existing body or setting up new actors.
The constitution not only gives an opportunity for women to establish themselves as a strong political force. They must do a lot of ground work to find out what is going on, and what is in the pipeline and get the women involved.
There are numerous women in Uganda with different potentials and capabilities.
They must be facilitated to participate effectively.
The lack of visibility for these women has been a set back for womens appointments to public bodies and offices. It is important to set up a data base on women who can serve in public life, their qualifications, experience and abilities.
It is a priority action for women to lobby and pressurize for the constitutional bodies to be set up these involves finding out nobodies to be set up. This involves finding out how members of these bodies are to be selected for appointment and suggesting specific names of capable women from the established data base. Women must get involved in contributing to the terms of reference for these bodies to ensure that womens concerns will be catered for.
These activities should begin with the Electoral Commission.
Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Action involves following and contributing to the Electoral Statute. This must immediately be followed by strategies for womens participation in the elections both as candidates and as members constituting a large portion of the electorate
As part of the post election-strategies, women should establish a new dimension to Affirmative action. It is not enough for women to reach parliament on the affirmative ticket. They must be facilitated to participate effectively as candidates in ordinary constituencies.