Uganda MP Elected As Vice Chair of Women Caucus
Sembabule Woman MP, Anifa Kawooya Bangirana has been elected as vice chairperson of the women caucus at the Pan African Parliament.
Kawooya scooped the position unopposed during the East African caucus meeting of the continental Parliament in Midrand, South Africa. The legislators are currently meeting for the 4th Ordinary Session of the Assembly, which opened on May 8th and will sit until May 19th.
Uganda’s delegation to the PAP includes Amongin; Prof. Morris Ogenga-Latigo, Agago North MP, Kawooya , Felix Okot Ogong, Dokolo South MP and Buyende Woman MP, Babirye Kadogo.
In her new position, Kawooya will be tasked to champion issues affecting women and girls including the harmful vice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is practiced in some African countries including Uganda and Kenya.
She will also focus her energy towards the abolition of child marriages, as well as pushing for legislation that protects women and girls from harmful cultural practices.
Kawooya was elated over the new position, stating that her passion about issued on gender will propel her to execute her duties diligently.
She becomes the second Ugandan legislator to hold a position of leadership in the PAP after Ngora Woman MP, Jacqueline Amongin, who is currently the chairperson of the committee on rural economy, agriculture and natural resources.
According to a recent UNFPA report, over 3 million girls are at risk of FGM in Africa with an average of 2 million underage girls giving birth in Africa every year.
The Pan African Parliament is composed of five parliamentarians from each of the African Union member states, whose members, the Treaty says, must reflect diversity of political opinion in each national parliament.
The African legislators gathered in Midrand, South Africa will discuss among others, the activity report of the Pan African Parliament; the food security situation in Africa including matters of peace and security.
The MPs will also debate the draft African Union model laws on protection of cultural property and the law on Policing in Africa. The role of the African Parliament in promoting free movement of people and the African passport is also part of the agenda.