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Uganda Womens Parliamentary Association (UWOPA)

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1. Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA)

    The Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), which comprises of all women Members of Parliament, was established during the National

    thResistance Council (NRC) in the 5 Parliament of Uganda (1989 1994) with the

    aim of engendering the Legislative process, creating awareness campaigns and encouraging lobbying as well as advocacy, networking, resource mobilization and information dissemination. UWOPA provides a forum for Women MPs to discuss, share experiences and support activities that would enhance women’s participation, effective leadership in all dimensions of politics including socio-economics, science and technology.

    UWOPA in a major contributor to a just and gender sensitive constitution, legislation, national policies that enable political, social and economic empowerment of the women and men in Uganda.

Vision

    Social justice, peace and economic empowerment for all.

Mission

    To ensure engendered laws, policies, political processes and equity in resource allocation to improve the quality of life of women through effective representation, capacity building, political support and networking.

Overall Objectives

    1 To identify critical areas of political and economic concern and

    develop approaches, structures and strategies to address them.

    2 To engender legislative issues and processes in Parliament so as to

    address the gender gap in all legislations.

    3 To emancipate women in Uganda by empowering women members

    of Parliament to carry out developmental activities in their areas.

    4 To mobilize and encourage women to participate effectively in political

    and economic aspects at national development.

    5 To research, document and disseminate gender disaggregated data on

    women’s contribution at national level.

    6 To encourage networking among women members of Parliament,

    women Parliamentary Associations and facilitate communication and

    cooperation with other organizations with similar objectives.

    7 To form a pressure group that analyses and translates information and

    cooperation with other organizations with similar objectives.

    8 To do any other lawful thing necessary and incidental to the

    achievement of the above objectives.

    2. The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank Uganda Chapter

    The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB) is an independent network of Parliamentarians from all over the world. PNoWB works through regional chapters set up all over the world. The East African (EA) Chapter has eight member countries namely: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Zambia and Ethiopia. The East African Chapter is responsible for bringing local networks and political capital to discussion tables and action plans. As such, the Chapter’s programmes cover development challenges in the region

    as well as Parliamentary involvement in the Poverty Reduction Strategies and Country Assistance Strategy processes.

    thPNoWB EA Uganda Chapter was officially launched on 13 December 2006.

Overall Objectives of the Chapter in the region are to:

    ; Facilitate relations between the East African Parliamentarians and

    the World Bank and other multilateral organizations

    ; Deepen East African Parliamentarians’ understanding of the

    Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Millennium Development

    Goals.

    ; Encourage and mobilize East African Parliamentarians to take

    concrete action that will reduce poverty.

3. Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children (UPFC)

Background

    thUPFC was initiated during the 7 Parliament to create an avenue though which

    the status of Uganda children, especially those in difficult circumstances could be addressed. Aware of the vantage position of MPs in public policy field, the UPFC is a platform where MPs from different political shades collectively lobby for the rights of children in situations of competing needs and priorities where children’s rights are often neglected.

    Membership

    The membership of UPFC is open to all members of Parliament, especially those with the conviction and commitment to promote the rights of children in all legislative and policy processes.

What is UPFC

     It is a non partisan body, guided by the principles of the United Nations

    Convention on the rights of the child (CRC), the African Charter on the

    rights and welfare of the child (ACRWC) and national laws governing the

    protection and development of the rights of children.

     The welfare, development and protection of children in difficult situations

    is of primary interest.

     As legislators, mandated by the people, ensuring the national welfare of

    all Ugandan children is UPFC’s legitimate obligation.

     UPFC utilizes special opportunities available to its members to lobby in

    the best interest of children on all major legislative and policy platforms.

The voice UPFC represents

UPFC is a lobby group. It’s a voice for a silent majority- the children, who on the

    whole are 56.1% of our constituents. Primary considerations are:

    1. Refugee and internally displaced war affected children

    2. Children in institutional care

    3. Fostered/adopted children

    4. Street children

    5. Child headed households

    6. Orphans in care of grandparents

    7. Children in conflict with the law

    8. Children with disabilities

    9. Children experiencing abuse

    10. Children affected by HIV/AIDS

    11. working children

Vision and Mission

UPFC’s vision is Uganda where all children enjoy the right and fully exercise

    their potentials to realize their aspirations, promote their rights, and make meaningful contributions towards the creation of a country fit for children and adults.

    The mission of UPFC is to promote the welfare, protection, development and participation of children in major political decisions through utilizing the vantage position of Members of Parliament in voicing the concerns of children in all legislative and policy decisions.

4. AMANI Forum

    AMANI means peace in Kiswahili. AMANI Uganda is the local chapter of a regional forum of Parliamentarians from the Great Lakes Region, who are committed to peace and peaceful prevention and resolution of conflicts in their own countries and in the region. AMANI Forum has chapters in Uganda, Kenya,

    Tanzania, Rwanda Burundi and Zambia with a regional secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya.

    The aim of AMANI is to work to eliminate the causes of armed conflict and promote peace and reconciliation where conflict has erupted. AMANI strives to enhance the status and the role of Members of Parliament in peace making in the region, and to act as a regional Parliamentary group in respect of conflict prevention and resolution.

Why a Forum for Parliamentarians in Peace building?

    Political will and leadership are key issues in consolidating peace and stability. In intra-state and cross boarder conflicts, legislative bodies have a unique role in mediating between various interests to promote peace. As elected people’s representatives, Parliamentarians are well placed to understand and provide solutions to the many intricate issues that often contribute to conflict. Based on their solidarity, regional Parliamentarians can play a more pro-active role in setting the political agenda for peace and stability. They carry out their representative, oversight and legislative roles to ensure equitable allocation of resources and greater representation of the people in the political system. The involvement of MPs in peace building and conflict mitigation is also part of the process of incorporating the legislative arm of government in regional diplomacy efforts.

5. African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC);

    APNAC is a network of African Parliamentarians aimed at involving parliamentarians in the fight against corruption. APNAC was formed in Kampala in February 1999, following a seminar under the theme “Parliament and

    Good Governance: Towards a new agenda for controlling corruption in the fight against corruption”. APNAC Uganda Chapter (APNAC-U) was later established on

    August 01, 2000 and has a membership of over 100 Members of Parliament (MPs), drawn from diverse political affiliations.

    APNAC-U is a parliament-based organization that derives its membership from amongst members of parliament. APNAC-U, being a parliamentary group has offices at Parliament building in Kampala.

APNAC- U Strategic Interventions;

    APNAC- U will advocate for the strengthening anti-corruption systems with a focus on;

     Anti-corruption monitoring and evaluation system put in place under

    National Anti-Corruption Plan. This will include stepping up of public

    information and civic education campaigns at local government levels. Urging IGG to verify annual asset declarations and to take appropriate

    actions against non-compliance and present plan for implementing the

    Leadership Code Act (2002).

     Put pressure on the Department of Ethics and Integrity (DEI) to table

    Prevention of Corruption Bill and prepare Whistleblowers Protection Bill in

    accordance with international standards.

     Expedite the enactment of the Public Information Bill

     Detection and sanctioning of corrupt practices.

     Strengthen anti-corruption efforts in order to enhance effectiveness of

    government spending, reduce wastage and encourage private sector

    investment.

     Strengthen public sector management and accountability in order to reduce

    fiduciary risks.

     Strengthen government procurement mechanisms

     Strengthen local government capacity for efficient and effective service

    delivery, most especially at the lower levels.

     Actively participate in fora that discuss the planning, execution and review of

    the National Budget such as the Public Expenditure Reviews, Sector Reviews

    and PRSC reviews, Parliamentary Committees Review of the national budget. Rally for mass support from MPs to advocate and support Bills and policies

    aimed at fighting corruption whenever tabled in Parliament. Hold government accountable on its commitment to fight corruption as spelt

    out in the JLOS work plan, PEAP and PRSC

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