Operating in the shadow of the executive - women's substantive representation in the Uganda Parliament
Trial lecture 3 October, 15.15 p.m.:
"Women's substantive representation in Africa's legislatures today: Do findings from Uganda apply elsewhere?"
Defence 4 October, 10.15 a.m.:
"Operating in the shadow of the executive: Women's substantive representation in the Uganda Parliament"
Uganda has a reserved seat policy which ensures a certain number of female representatives in parliament. In her doctoral thesis, "Operating in the shadow of the executive: Women's substantive representation in the Uganda Parliament", Vibeke Wang explores the increasing number of pro-women laws and the effect of women's representation in the Ugandan parliament.
She argues that numbers count, but so do the actors' abilities to use these numbers strategically in the pursuit of women-friebdly legislation. Women parliamentarians in Uganda have been able to carve out and exploit political space to promote their agenda in a legislature with diminishing strength. Yet, the possibilities are limited by the power of the executive who has used the Ugandan reserved seat policy strategically to maintain its dominant position.