UGANDA parliament, inter parliamentary union reflect on CEDAW

The Parliament of Uganda together with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) organised a seminar on CEDAW between 14 to 15 June to reflect on the progress of this convention and parliament’s role in the implementation process. The seminar was led by Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, with the participation of Ekwee Ethuro, Speaker of the Kenyan Senate, Phillipus Katamelo, an MP from Namibia, and Hilary Gbedemah, a CEDAW expert from Ghana. Some of the priorities identified during the seminar included: dealing with gender inequalities in the economy and family; improving the health of women and girls; and encouraging bills by private members to tackle sexual offences and amend discriminatory legislation. Uganda has not submitted a report to the CEDAW Committee concerning the status of its implementation of the Convention since 2010. As a result of the seminar, the Ministry of Gender committed to sending the country’s report to the Committee by the end of 2017, after consulting with Parliament. Participants discussed issues such as gender-based violence, equality in the law, girls’ right to education, the health of women and girls, and women’s economic empowerment. They highlighted priorities,

Including sexual and reproductive health education, policies on women’s ownership of land, and oversight of implementation of the country’s Domestic Violence Act. Ugandan MPs also called for ratification of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW, which would enable the CEDAW Committee to receive individual complaints on breaches to the Convention. Cissy Kaamu, Plan International Uganda representative presented the health situation of girls in Uganda highlighting UGANDA parliament, inter parliamentary union reflect on CEDAW high rates of teenage pregnancy, HIV prevalence and domestic violence as biggest challenges affecting girls and women. Participants developed an action plan on the priorities. The seminar also provided a forum for an exchange of knowledge and experience between Ugandan men and women legislators, parliamentary staff, international and regional experts, civil society and other concerned national and international institutions

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