National Women’s Executive Committee


The National Women’s Council (NWC) is an autonomous body, established by the National Women’s Council ACT 1993 (cap 318). Its objective is to bring all women of Uganda together for development purposes, irrespective of their religion, tribe, origin, status or political affiliation.

The National Women’s Council is a national machinery mandated to organize and unify all women of Uganda who actively contribute to sustainable community and national development through promotion of peace, accountability, justice and self-development though training, sensitization, networking, lobbying, advocacy and provision of micro-finance credit services

The establishment of the councils provided an independent and united forum through which women could participate in decision making process and also provided a channel through which social economic amenities could reach the women particularly those at the grassroots.

Vision:

To organize and unify women of Uganda who actively contribute to sustainable community and National development

Mission:

To organize and support the development of women of Uganda to enhance their contribution to sustainable social and economic development

Objectives

  • To organize the women of Uganda in a unified body;
  • To engage women of Uganda in activities that is of benefit to them and the nation.

MANAGEMENT

Structure of NWC

The National Women’s Council is a six-tier structure composed of elected women council leaders beginning at the village level, parish, Sub County, district up to the national level.

The composition of women councils at the village and parish level include the chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary for finance, secretary for publicity and general secretary. At the sub county and district level, the council brings on board women from special interest groups such as representative of women with disabilities, female youth, secretary for gender, Technical officer and women NGO representative as ex-officio

 

The National Women’s Council has a secretariat that is charged with the day to day running of the council affairs which is headed by the Executive Secretary

The National Women's Council Act Cap 318 Specifies that there shall be a National Women’s Executive Committee which shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the council.

The National Women’s Executive Committee is elected by the members of the council from among their number and shall consist of—
(a) a chairperson;
(b) a vice chairperson;
(c) a general secretary;
(d) a publicity secretary;
(e) a finance secretary;
(f) one of the two representatives of the nongovernmental organisations appointed under section 4; and
(g) one of the female student representatives elected under section 4.

At the National Level, it’s composed of the National Executive Committee Members which currently includes

-          Chairperson                   -             Kibowa Fridah (Hajat)

-          Vice Chairperson           -               Ms. Linda Auma

-          Finance Secretary          -            Ms. Akwi Norah Robinah

-          Publicity Secretary         -            Ms. Namatovu Masitula

-          PWD Representative      -           Hon. Hellen Asamo

-          MGLSD Representative   -       Ms. Namuddu Hadijah

-          Female Youth Rep           -         Ms. Karungi Caroline

-          Executive Secretary        -        Mr. Collins Mwijuka

According to National Women's Council Act; The council is supposed to have a secretariat to assist it in carrying out its objects and functions under this Act.

The secretariat is composed of a secretary and other staff of the council.

Appointment and tenure of office of the secretary.

  • The secretary is appointed by the Minister on the advice of the council.
  • The secretary shall be appointed from among persons who are qualified in management or administrative matters.
  • Subject to this Act, the secretary shall hold office on a full-time basis and on such terms and conditions as are specified in the instrument of
    appointment.
  • The secretary may resign her office, by writing under her hand,
    addressed to the Minister through the council.
  • The Minister may, on the advice of the council, remove the secretary from office for inability to perform the functions of her office as a result of infirmity of body or mind or for misbehaviour or for any other cause.
  • In the case of removal from office of the secretary under this section on the ground of inability to perform the functions of her office as a result of misbehaviour or any other cause, the secretary shall, before removal, be given an opportunity to be heard on the allegations made against her.
  • The secretary shall not be removed from office under this section on the ground of inability to perform the functions of her office as a result of
    infirmity of body or mind unless the fact of such infirmity of body or mind
    has been proved and certified by at least two medical practitioners appointed
    by the director of medical services for that purpose.

Functions of the secretary.

The secretary shall be the chief executive officer and also the accounting officer of the council.
Subject to the general control of the council, the secretary shall—

  • act as secretary at meetings of the council and record the minutes of the council at those meetings;
  •  be responsible for the implementation of the policy decisions of
    the council and for the day-to-day administration of the affairs of
    the council and control of the other staff of the council;
  • perform such other functions as may be assigned to her by the
    council.
  • Where the office of the secretary is vacant or where the secretary
    is unable to perform the functions of her office by reason of illness, absence
    or other reason, the council may designate an officer of the council qualified
    in terms of section 10 to perform those functions until the vacancy in that
    office is filled or until the secretary is able again to perform those functions.

 

Other staff of the council.
The council employ other staff as may be necessary for
the proper and efficient discharge of the functions of the secretariat under this
Act.

The council  regulate the manner of appointment, terms and conditions of service and the discipline of its staff appointed under this section.

Public officers may be seconded to the service of the council or  may otherwise give assistance to the council.

Remuneration of the secretary and other staff.
The council pays the secretary and other staff remuneration and allowances as deemed fit and may grant pension or retirement benefits or
gratuity to them at such rates as the Minister may, after consultation with the Minister responsible for finance, determine.