Call for Nominations of Outstanding Women and Women Organisations for the 50 Year Celebration Awards

UWONET is inviting the public to nominate individual women, organizations/ institutions and groups that have outstandingly contributed to empowerment of girls and women in Uganda in the last 50 years

Rationale and Objectives
The women’s movement in Uganda spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s and the present day has made enormous strides in the political, economic and social cultural spheres, for instance the numerical increase in political participation and also the visibility of gender in the development arena in fields such as education, agriculture and health is attributable to the work of individual women, women organizations and groups. As Uganda celebrates its 50th independence anniversary, UWONET is organizing and will host a national women’s week under the theme; UNITED WOMEN CAN: Celebrating 50 years of women’s contribution to Uganda’s development; Reflect, Review and Revive. Behind the festivities is the intent to evoke a positive process and strong will to re-mobilize, reflect, restructure, rethink and rebuild the 21st century women’s movement that will deliver the desired WHOLE empowerment of the Ugandan woman.


The Key objectives of this initiative are:

  1. To honour 50 years of Uganda’s independence by hosting a week of festivities dedicated to the contributions of women.
  2. To provide a platform for reflection towards rebuilding a cohesive, strong women’s movement and voice
  3. To create opportunity for networking, information sharing, shared learning and peer review
  4. To bridge the gap in women’s initiatives across sectors.
  5. To develop a campaign that reaches all women, not just the urban & elite for a strong women’s movement

Several activities are planned to colour the event among them an award giving ceremony to recognize efforts of individual women, organizations/institutions and groups that have laboured against all orders to contribute to changing lives of girls and women in this country from different spheres. This is also envisaged to boost a cross section of girl child and women empowerment initiatives henceforth and as well revive the women’s movement in Uganda.

Award categories
Awards will go to women individuals, organizations and groups in selected representative sectors/spheres mentioned below:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Science and technology
  3. Environment
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Apprenticeship
  6. Research and academia
  7. Political activism
  8. Social work
  9. Media
  10. Institutions that have sustained the women’s movement
  11. Music
  12. Literature/creative poetry
  13. Police/Army / Prisons
  14. Men who have supported the women’s cause
  15. Women and Human Rights
  16. Life time women achievers
  17. HIV/AIDs fight

Selection Criteria
Selection of nominees and finally the award winning individuals, organizations and groups will primarily be based on aspects of:
a) Excellence
b) Empowering
c) Creativity / innovativeness
d) Role models / exemplary
Summarily, individuals, organizations/institutions and groups who have used their positions in society, knowledge, skills and opportunities to empower girls and women in this country from the different angles.


Please send your nominations to / and please provide supporting evidence.

3 Responses

  1. Uganda Media Women's Association

    Ugandas Media Women’s Association (UMWA) has been around for about 30 years and during that time it has contkept the women’s movemnt alive through its RAdio Mama FM and pullout the Other Voice. It has build capacity of several Media women

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