|Women and the 1995 Constitution of Uganda (Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development - Uganda - WIDDANDA, 1995, 22 p.)|
The Government has done a good thing in having affirmative action for women and other marginalised groups. Women must lobby Government to ensure that women are represented in all public bodies. The women who are given responsibilities in public life must work hard to justify their being in those positions. They must also show good examples in their personal lives to encourage younger people to emulate them. Women must also guard against being satisfied with mere tokenism on the part of Government.
The Constitutional provisions in favour of women is a challenge to all Ugandans. True liberation of the Ugandan women will only be totally realised when men and women work side by side with mutual respect for the human rights of all Ugandans.
The UN agencies and our international partners in development must work with both government and Ugandan NGOs in Uganda to provide technical, material and human resources necessary to realise the fulfillment of the African Global Platform of Action by the year 2005.
The Constitution of Uganda to a large extent addresses the issues put forward by the African platform of action as priority areas for the women of Uganda that the 1995 constitution is a beginning of the achievement of equality, peace and real development for all people of Uganda.