The Uganda Law Society (ULS) has given the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga an award for championing the rule of law, defending human rights and fighting corruption.
The Rule of Law award was presented to the Speaker at her office at Parliament on Christmas eve, Thursday, by the ULS President, Pheona Nabasa Wall.
“Dear Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, in recognition to your contribution towards the fight for the Rule of Law, respect and enforcement of human rights, for your partnership with the Uganda Law Society and for your good will towards the people of Republic of Uganda, we thank you,” said Ms. Wall.
The ULS president noted that Kadaga has made remarkable contributions in the country including pioneering the establishment of the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers, first woman to establish a law firm in Uganda among others.
“Rt. Hon. Kadaga steered FIDA as its President from 1986 to 1989. Besides being the first woman to start a law firm in the country, during her tenure as FIDA President, she established the first legal aid clinic in Uganda to support the ordinary people and the unprivileged,” said Wall.
ULS also recognized Kadaga for introducing the Certificate of Gender Equity, which stipulates that all budget and recruitment processes should consider gender parity.
“We also recognize the Speaker for introducing the Certificate of Gender Equity making Uganda to be the first country to achieve such a milestone. More women are now being recruited and their issues addressed in the budget,” said ULS President.
The UN Women also recognized Kadaga in 2018 for introducing the Certificate of Gender Equity.
ULS, among others, praised Kadaga for passing of the Judiciary Administration Bill, Human Rights Enforcement Bill, ending the female genital mutilation, championing enquiries including on sexual harassment allegations in schools and fighting corruption.
Kadaga welcomed the award and thanked the Uganda Law Society for recognizing her efforts.
“Thank you, Uganda Law Society, for the Rule of Law award. I will continue speaking for the people of Uganda and the voiceless,” said Kadaga.