Women Leaders Seek Political Party Support to Strengthen Women’s Leagues

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | During the leadership transition of the Inter-Party Women Platform in Uganda (IWOP) to the Democratic Party (DP), Alice Alaso, the acting National Coordinator of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), urged Secretary Generals to strengthen women’s leagues within their political parties.

IWOP, which brings together women from registered political parties in Uganda to collectively address challenges hindering their political engagement, recently welcomed the Conservative Party as its tenth member, alongside ANT, DP, EPU, FDC, JEEMA, NRM, PPP, UFA, and UPC.

Alaso emphasized the importance of robust women’s leagues in political parties, emphasizing that their influence could foster growth within IWOP. She also highlighted the political obstacles faced by women in Uganda, such as media harassment, limited parliamentary representation, and human rights concerns, and stressed the need to detoxify the political environment to enhance women’s participation.

IWOP, launched in March 2023, undergoes leadership changes every six months and aims to enable women leaders to develop strategies and advocate for enhanced women’s participation in politics and political parties in Uganda.

Francis Rogers, Resident Country Director of the International Republican Institute (IRI), emphasized the unity required for progress and the power of a collective women’s voice. He assured that IWOP doesn’t undermine any political party or women’s group but unites women to address issues affecting women in Uganda, irrespective of their political ideologies.

Outgoing IWOP chairperson Ambassador Edith Sempala expressed her excitement about the platform and its potential for promoting peace, unity, and sustainable development at national, regional, and international levels through the collective efforts of women in political parties.

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The incoming chairperson, Aisha Waliggo, who is also the DP Women League President, encouraged her colleagues to stay focused on their advocacy role and the possibility of a peaceful transfer of power, despite the leadership transition.

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