The Parliament of Uganda held the first ever Women’s Parliament on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 in the Parliament Chambers. The Women’s Parliament was held under the theme: “Women Participation and Empowerment: addressing the Challenges of CEDAW Implementation”. The aim of the Women’s Parliament was to provide a platform for dialogue on gender issues. The event was organized by the Parliament of Uganda in collaboration with Uganda Women Parliamentary Association and funded by the European Union through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
The event attracted over 200 delegates comprising Members of Parliament, Development Partners, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Local Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Media, Academia, Faith based organizations, women from the grassroots, and students.
The archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has asked government to implement the Domestic Violence Act, 2010, that was passed five years ago to curb the increasing cases of domestic violence.
Dr Lwanga said domestic violence is one of Uganda’s top challenges that needs urgent redress.
Speaking during the installation of the Rev Fr Denis Kizito Ssebunya as the Episcopal vicar for Mitala Maria Vicariate in Mpigi District on Sunday, Dr Lwanga said many Ugandans are suffering because of the many unsolved problems, especially violence in their families.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the refund of bride price by the woman’s parents or relatives upon a failed marriage is unconstitutional.
But the same court declined to declare that practice of demanding for payment of bride-price as a precondition for customary marriage as unconstitutional. This means that paying of bride price by the boy’s side to the parents of the girl is to continue.
In a majority judgment of 6:1, Justice Jotham Tumwesigye who wrote the lead judgment observed that it’s unfair to demand a refund of bride price from the woman’s parents after years of marriage.
The judge added that it’s not likely that the parents of the woman would be keeping the property ready to refund.