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Women From Uganda Can Be Influential Too

If you don’t know anything about Uganda, below you will find some information about the country that most people did not know. Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. In today’s article, I will be introducing a few Ugandans that have chosen different paths but have an influence on the younger generation to either follow their footsteps or given them hope to one day also make something great out of themselves.

Rebecca Kadaga is A lawyer and politician and has been Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament since 2001. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Kamuli District which she has been since 1989. Ms. Kadaga is also the second national vice chairman of the ruling NRM party representing the eastern region. She is known as a kingmaker in Busoga politics. I believe if you were to ask her to define herself she may answer by saying she is a “Deputy speaker”.

Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire is an educator and a politician. She has for several years presided over a ministry with the biggest budget and she directs policies responsible for shaping the country’s human capital.

Syda Bbumba is Uganda’s first female Minister of Finance. She took on the ministry at a time when the economic downturn was very high. Taking such a position at the time, in my opinion, showed character because she didn’t have to take the burden of being part of helping her country come out of the slump they were in. Also, by choosing this career path, she makes a perfect role model for other females that would also want to go into politics or helping out their country.

Josephine Kasya is Known as the governor of Kanungu District. Ms. Kasya is the first Ugandan woman to head a district. She has promoted the education of both parents and children in the district, as well as improved childcare and nutrition.

Beatrice Anywar is also known as Mama Mabira, after the forest she saved from government sale which brought her into the limelight. During her time as a Kitgum Woman MP, she earned many accolades both local and international as a shadow minister of water and environment in the opposition cabinet.

Sylvia Owori is a Proprietor of Sylvie’s Boutique & African Woman. In the last decade, she has been involved in nearly every business related to the fashion industry. Currently, she owns her own label Sylvia Owori, selling exclusively in her Sylvie’s Boutique. She is also the publisher of African Woman with the Kenyan edition.

Dr. Maggie Kigozi is an Executive Director, UIA who has won a lot of acclaim for selling Uganda as a potential investment destination to foreign investors, in her capacity as her as executive director of Uganda Investment Authority. It is said a job she has carried out diligently for over 11 years. If that isn’t dedication to what you love I don’t know what is.

Uganda is made of beautiful people just like any other country in the African continent, with people that are influential but usually don’t get the acknowledgment as much as they deserve.

Featured Image via Flickr/Department of Foreign Affairs

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