As the world is celebrating the International Women’s Day, we are bringing you women of virtual and steel whose works stood above others to influence the political, social and economic landscape of our motherland Uganda.
Today we bring you Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the first woman Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and also Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament.
Kadaga was born on May 24, 1956 to George Wilson Madali and Eve Kagoya Kadaga.
She attended Namasagali College for her high school education.
She studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), in 1978. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979.
In 2000, Kadaga obtained a Diploma in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe and in 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA), specialising in Women’s Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe. Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice.
She served as the Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University of Science and Technology, between 1993 and 1996.
In 1989, the NRM leaning politician was elected as Woman MP for Kamuli District.
During 1996, she served as Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association.
From 1996 to 1998, Kadaga was the Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East). She then served as Minister of State for Communication and Aviation from 1998 to 1999 and as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs from 1999 to 2000.
She was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001, a position that she held until 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament thus becoming the first woman to be elected in that position in the history of Uganda.
Following the February 2016 general election, Kadaga was unanimously re-elected as Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016.
Besides being the Speaker, Kadaga sits on various parliamentary committees that include, Appointments Committee, The Parliamentary Commission and the Business Committee.
PROFILE: Who is Maggie Blick Kigozi?
Born on 5 July, 1950 in Fort Portal, Margaret Blick famously known as Dr Maggie Kigozi is a daughter to the late George William Blick, a former civil engineer at the Ministry of Works and Transport and the late Molly Johnson Blick.
Both her parents had English fathers and Baganda mothers. Her father and siblings were champion motorcycle riders in Uganda and East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. Maggie herself was an avid motorcycle rider.
Maggie attended Aga Khan Primary School in Kampala, Gayaza High School for her Ordinary Level education and Kololo Senior Secondary School for her Advanced Level education.
In 1970, just before she turned 20, she entered Makerere University School of Medicine, graduating in 1974 with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Following a one-year internship in Uganda, she migrated to Zambia, where she practised as a physician, from 1977 until 1979. She returned to Uganda in 1979 following the removal of Idi Amin from power, but had to flee to neighbouring Kenya, after Milton Obote seized power in 1980.
Before she left Uganda for Zambia, Blick married Daniel Serwano Kigozi. Together they had three children, who are all university graduates. Daniel Kigozi died suddenly in 1994.
She is the mother of Ugandan hip-hop musician Navio.
Dr Maggie continued to practice medicine in Kenya until 1986, when she again returned to Uganda, following another change of government in Kampala. She worked as the physician to members of the Parliament of Uganda and their families, from 1986 until 1994 when she joined Crown Bottlers Uganda Limited, as the Marketing Director.
During her tenure at Crown Bottlers, she was appointed board member of Uganda Manufacturers Association. She worked at the bottling company until she was appointed Executive Director at Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) in 1999. Dr Maggie served in the position until 2011.
She is the first person and first woman to serve as UIA head.
For a period leading up to 2011, Dr Maggie was the Chancellor of Nkumba University.
She is also the Chief Scout of Uganda Scouts Association.