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PROMOTING WOMENS PARTICIPATION IN UGANDA POLITICAL PARTIES LEADERSHIP
WLEDE’s programs are designed with a holistic approach that includes, increasing women’s political leadership by focusing on the election cycle; enhancing the leadership capacities of women and youth leaders, supporting women candidates in their endeavors to get elected to office, and observing the electoral processes to ensure democracy is attained. Reference to “Facts and recommendations for gender mainstreaming in Politics in Africa”; provides encouragement to political party leaders; men and women alike to support the integration of gender aspects into internal political decision-making procedures. In addition, it enhances the capacities of women politicians to improve their political careers. Findings have indicated that the absence of internal political party democracy, transparency, gender sensitivity in candidate selection, outreach, and failure to decentralize decision-making procedures greatly inhibit women’s opportunities for mainstream leadership positions within the parties and candidates for elected offices. (OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR, 2014).
The purpose of this handbook is to provide measures for observing gender equity within the political structures. It will prompt political party leaders to see that internal party procedures and processes encourage equal participation of female and male in democratic
governance processes. The handbook has been adopted from the five key recommendations by former President of Malawi; Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda – Policy tool. The Policy Tool is the basis of Dr. Banda’s research paper “From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women leaders in Africa”, 2017 which was launched in March 2017 at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars while serving as a Distinguished Fellow. The handbook is meant to advance women through the political leadership journey which exposes them to challenges and opportunities.