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NATIONAL WOMEN'S COUNCIL ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S COUNCIL.

   2.   Establishment of the council.

   3.   Objects and functions of the council.

   4.   Composition of National Women's Council.

PART III
ESTABLISHMENT, COMPOSITION AND HIERARCHY OF WOMEN'S COUNCILS AND WOMEN'S COMMITTEES.

   5.   Establishment of women's councils.

   6.   Composition and hierarchy of women's councils.

   6A.   Electoral Commission to maintain voters register.

   6B.   Electoral Commission to settle election disputes.

   7.   Establishment and composition of women's committees.

   7A.   Sponsorship of candidates by political organisations or political parties.

   7B.   Election of women's committees.

   8.   National Women's Executive Committee.

PART IV
SECRETARIAT AND STAFF OF THE COUNCIL.

   9.   Secretariat.

   10.   Appointment and tenure of office of the secretary.

   11.   Functions of the secretary.

   12.   Other staff of the council.

   13.   Remuneration of the secretary and other staff.

PART V
FINANCE.

   14.   Funds of the council.

   14A.   Funds of District and other councils.

   15.   Borrowing powers.

   16.   Estimates.

   17.   Financial year of the council.

   18.   Accounts.

   19.   Audit.

   20.   Investment of surplus funds of the council.

PART VI
GENERAL.

   20A.   District Women Council Secretariat.

   21.   Protection of members and staff from personal liability.

   22.   Annual reports.

   23.   Regulations.

   24.   Application and amendment of the Schedule.

   25.   Vesting of assets, liabilities and pending proceedings.

      Schedule   Seal, offices and meetings of the council and the committees.

CHAPTER 318
NATIONAL WOMEN'S COUNCIL ACT.

Commencement: 30 April, 1993.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of a National Women's Council and to provide for its composition, functions, objects and powers and for other connected purposes.

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "chairperson" means the chairperson of the National Women's Executive Committee;

   (b)   "council" means the National Women's Council established under section 2;

   (c)   "district", "county","subcounty",   "division", "town", "parish", "ward" and "village" mean, respectively, "district", "county", "subcounty", "division", "town", "parish", "ward", and "village" within the meaning of the Local Governments Act;

   (d)   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for women in development;

   (e)   "women" means all females aged 18 years and above;

   (f)   "women's committee" means a women's committee established under section 7.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S COUNCIL.

2.   Establishment of the council.

   (1) There is established a council to be known as the National Women's Council.

   (2) The council shall be a body corporate, shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue or be sued in its corporate name.

   (3) The council may, for and in connection with its objects and functions under this Act, purchase, hold, manage and dispose of any property, whether movable or immovable, and may enter into such contracts and other transactions as may be expedient and may do any other act or thing as in law may be done by a body corporate.

3.   Objects and functions of the council.

   (1) The objects of the council are—

   (a)   to organise the women of Uganda in a unified body; and

   (b)   to engage the women in activities that are of benefit to them and the nation.

   (2) For the attainment of its objects under subsection (1), the council shall have the following functions—

   (a)   to inspire and promote among the women a spirit of unity and national consciousness;

   (b)   to provide a unified and integrated system through which the women may communicate and coordinate their ideas and activities;

   (c)   to establish channels through which economic and social services and amenities may reach the women in all areas of Uganda;

   (d)   to encourage the women to consolidate their role in national development in the political, economic, social, cultural and educational fields;

   (e)   to promote relations with international women's organisations with similar objectives or interests;

   (f)   to do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects of the council under this Act.

4.   Composition of National Women's Council.

   (1) The Council shall consist of—

   (a)   the Chairperson of each District Women's Council;

   (b)   a representative of women with disabilities to be elected from among themselves through their structures;

   (c)   three women representatives of non-governmental organisations involved in women's affairs or business to be determined by the National Women's Council;

   (d)   a representative of the Ministry responsible for gender and women advancement;

   (e)   the secretary for female youth on the National Youth Executive Committee;

   (f)   a representative of women Parliamentarians elected from among the women members of Parliament; and

   (g)   the Executive Secretary of the National Women's Council.

   (2) The members of the Council in paragraphs (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g) of subsection (1) shall be ex officio members who shall just participate in the deliberations of the Council without a deciding vote.

PART III
ESTABLISHMENT, COMPOSITION AND HIERARCHY OF WOMEN'S COUNCILS AND WOMEN'S COMMITTEES.

5.   Establishment of women's councils.

   (1) There is established in each district the following women's councils—

   (a)   village women's councils;

   (b)   parish or ward women's councils;

   (c)   subcounty, division, or town women's councils;

   (d)   ...

   (e)   district women's councils.

   (2) A District Women's Council shall be a body corporate and may sue or be sued in its corporate name and shall carry out any other activities carried out by a body corporate.

6.   Composition and hierarchy of women's councils.

   (1) A village women's council shall consist of women who reside in the village and are willing to be members of the village council.

   (1a) Without prejudice to subsection (1), woman who is not a citizen of Uganda shall not be a member of a village women's council.

   (1b) The decisions of a village women's council shall be binding on all the women in a village.

   (2) A parish or ward women's council shall consist of all the members of the village women's committees in the parish or ward.

   (3) A subcounty or division women's council shall consist of—

   (a)   all the members of the Parish or Ward Women's Executive Committees;

   (b)   a representative of women with disabilities elected from among the disabled women in the subcounty or division through their structures;

   (c)   secretary for female youth on the subcounty or division Youth Executive Committee;

   (d)   two women representatives of non-governmental organisations or community based organisations involved in women's affairs or business, registered and recognised by the subcounty or division to be determined by the subcounty or division women's council;

   (e)   the officer responsible for gender and women advancement in the subcounty or division;

   (f)   the subcounty or division women representative in the district local council; and

   (g)   secretary for gender in the subcounty or division local council.

   (3A) The members of the Council in paragraphs (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) shall be ex officio members who shall just participate in the deliberations of the Council without a deciding vote.

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