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“Sister Robert, sister John”: Enhancing women’s voices and gendered membership of the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association

Author(s): Hannah Muzee, Joyce B. Mbongo Épse Endeley

In: Agenda, Vol 33, No 2, 2019, pp. 22-31

This article focuses primarily on the Ugandan Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) as a key part of the wider women’s movement in Uganda. It considers how women members of parliament were able to give more prominence to women’s concerns in policy debates, but also how they were strengthened, when pressing for gender-sensitive laws and policies, by women’s collective backing. The findings also show that success in achieving laws such as Domestic Violence Act and Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation was due to collaborating with male legislators, some of whom joined UWOPA.