Women At Work International, a local Non-Government Organization intended to improve the quality life of women, has recognized the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, for her exemplary leadership in Uganda and Africa in general.
Women At Work International (WAWI) was registered by a group of female artists in 2003 with the main purpose of improving the quality life of women through health and income improvement. The artists intended to use entertainment to educate women and improve their wellbeing.
Milton Kambula, the Strategic Programmes Advisor, said that WAWI celebrated Speaker Kadaga for her “visionary and transformative leadership abilities;” and for the “creative mindset and positive attitude.”
Kadaga has served as MP for Kamuli district since 1989 and has been Minister in different capacities. She was also Deputy Speaker during the 7th and 8th Parliaments before becoming Speaker in the 9th and now 10th Parliament. Kadaga also holds various international positions in parliamentary groupings.
WAWI founder and popular local musician, Ms. Halima Namakula, together with her colleagues today met and bestowed upon the Speaker the Award at Parliament Building.
Ms. Namakula said that their main intention was to help girls and women live happy lives and provide family planning services.
Mr. Kambula said that Kadaga deserved the Award since her leadership had inspired many girls and women in Uganda and Africa.
The Speaker was praised for taking care of girls and boys in schools in schools and universities; supporting NGOs promoting women entrepreneurship, peace building skills and health and women empowerment in leadership and policy reforms.
“For the last ten years, she has led 431 community driven development initiatives and campaigns in cities, villages and slums; impacting and improving the livelihood of over 696,080 Ugandans; as well as planting trees and mobilizing partners to support development initiatives,” said Kambula.
He said that WAWI celebrates Kadaga because of her planning and coordinating abilities; networking and strategic partnership skills; and negotiation skills. The NGO also praised Kadaga for her culture of service and living for a greater good and her culture of teamwork and collaboration.
Speaker Kadaga thanked WAWI for their work in helping girls and women and appreciated the group for the recognition.
“This will give me courage to do more. I thank you for touching these difficult subjects. Count on my support,” Kadaga said.