CEWIGO Executive director appreciates the work of women caucuses in influencing decision making processes in the district councils for gender equality. This was during the annual caucus reflection meeting of women leaders from western Uganda at Kash Hotel in Mbarara district.
Hon. Dr. Miria Rukoza Koburunga Matembe, is a founder member of the Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO). She is a born again Christian Lawyer, married to Nekemia Matembe, with whom they have four sons, a daughter-in-love and a grand-daughter. he is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda. While on the Pan-African Parliament she was Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline a permanent committee of the Pan-African Parliament.
She is a strong proponent for and an advocate of women’s human rights in Uganda. For close to two decades beginning in 1989 she was a member of Uganda’s parliament. She worked in the Ugandan government as Minister for ethics and integrity from 1998 to 2003, after which she became Member of Parliament with the Pan-African Parliament representing Uganda.
She was one of the 21 member commission that prepared the draft Constitution of Uganda which was later promulgated into the National Constitution of Uganda in 1995. Her contribution helped ensure that this document was one of the most progressive in the world in its attention to the human rights of women and other marginalised people. Hon. Matembe was also a delegate to the Constitutional Assembly which debated and promulgated the said National Constitution. In 1990, she was Deputy General of the Pan-African Congress held in Kampala. She is also a former lecturer on law and English at the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Kampala.
Hon. Miria Matembe’s story is one of lifelong dedication o justice and equality, and the variety and effectiveness of her work made her an ideal honorand for the convocation during which she was awarded her Honorary Doctorate. Her areas of interest and expertise are: (1) Political Empowerment of Women and (2) Youth and Issues of Ethics and Integrity in leadership.
This report on the impact of oil exploration on women and women’s leadership in the Albertine sub-region of Uganda is intended for the enhancement of women’s leadership and to improve awareness of the impact of oil exploration on women in the Albertine sub-region. While Uganda will not see oil revenues in the next one year, some parts of western Uganda have already felt the negative impacts of oil extraction especially on land matters. Recommendations are given by the report to various stakeholders to advocate for improved protection of women and girls in the Albertine sub-region.