Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Ugandan Legislator Discusses Women's Rights, Aids In Africa, November 13 At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, November 4, 2003 — Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and the Gender Studies Program present “Social and Political Change for Women in Uganda: The Effect of HIV/AIDS,” a talk by the Honorable Joyce Mpanga, former Member of Parliament, Uganda, Thursday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library.
Mpanga currently she serves as Uganda's Chairperson for Non-Government Organizations Board. She is also a member of the Board for Evaluation of External Support for Basic Education in developing countries including Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia and Bolivia in South America. As a consultant in the field of education for women, she helped to set up the Ministry of Gender and Community Development in Rwanda and has designed projects for several women groups in Africa. She was also among the delegation that formulated the recent treaty to set up the Legislative Assembly for East African countries. In 1960, during British colonial rule in Africa, Mpanga was one of the first women appointed by the British Colonial Governor of Uganda to represent women in Parliament. She has held several leadership positions in her country, including Secretary of State for Women in Development, 1988-89; and Secretary of State for Education, 1989-91. From 1979-1988, she was Deputy Chairperson to the Public Service Commission, which recruits, promotes and trains her nation's top civil servants. Mpanga holds a B.A. in history from London University and a M.S. in education from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Joyce Mpanga's visit is sponsored by Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, established in honor of the late Louis L. Goldstein, 1935 alumnus and Maryland's longest serving elected official. The Goldstein Program sponsors lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, travel and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders in public policy and the media.

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