The Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) has unveiled their strategy for the next two and a half years of their term of office. Monicah Amoding who is Kumi district Woman MP and the Chairperson of UWOPA revealed to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga that the Marriage and Divorce Bill is top of their agenda as they start their campaign. She further informed the Speaker that the Marriage and Divorce Bill had a number of issues that cut across the board with a number of cultural restraints and this time round UWOPA has plans to hold talks with different groups to address their fears as one way of passing the a long wait waited bill into an act of Parliamen
Monicah further reveled that other areas which they will put much emphasis is Minimum Wage bill; Sexual Offences Bill; breastfeeding facilities at workplaces, as well as harassment of women by passing all the necessary laws as well implementing all laws that are in line with women rights in order to protect the rights of women that are being abuse
The Speaker Kadaga in her remarks commended the women for the right pass, and pledged that marriage and divorce bill will be given much attention in the 10th Parliament so that it’s passed into a law because it has been on the shelves for many years.
One of the clause in the Bill that requires a man and woman to share properties while separating, caused uproar especially among men who argued it was a ploy by women to grab their hard earned wealth.
Uwopa Strategic plan 2016/21 aims to increase women’s leadership and participation in decision making, economic empowerment and opportunities, improved women’s health and education among others.