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Uganda makes progress on women’s rights

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Summary of story from New Vision, September 30, 2011

Uganda has been recognized as one of the few African countries making progress in implementing a United Nations Resolution that compels states to respect the rights of women during and after conflict.

UN Resolution 1325, which was adopted in 2000, was the first formal, legal document from the United Nations Security Council that required parties in a conflict to respect women’s rights and to support their participation in peace negotiations as well as in post-conflict reconstruction.

“Some countries are making progress in implementing UN Resolution 1325, and Uganda is one of them,” the President of the Pan-African Parliament, Dr Moussa Idriss Ndele said on Thursday, at the opening of the 2011 Women’s Platform for Action in Africa.

The Pan-African Parliament is one of the ten organs of the African Union (AU). Its mandate is to provide advisory services on legislative matters to African states, since it lacks oversight powers such as those wielded by national parliaments.

Mary Mugyenyi, the former first vice president of the Pan-African Parliament, blamed bad governance for most of the conflicts that have ravaged the continent. She urged women to participate actively in politics to address the issues that lead to conflict.

She decried the low involvement of women in peace missions set up to resolve conflicts in various parts of the continent, arguing that women bear the biggest burden of suffering during instability.

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