About Us

Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) is a non-partisan women’s organization operating in Uganda with its head office in Kampala. FOWODE grew out of the women’s caucus of the 1994 – 1995 constituent assembly (CA) that debated and passed the 1995 constitution.

During the assembly, the women delegates used the caucus to increase their political influence, broaden the base for support of women’s issues and advocate for a gender-sensitive constitution in all aspects. The success of the women’s caucus paved the way for the formation of FOWODE as a nongovernmental organization to offer a platform for Ugandan women’s learning, networking, sharing experiences and advocating for gender equality and equality in decision-making process

FOWODE strongly believes that if women were empowered to participate at various political levels in the country, then the resulting policies, laws, plans and budgets would favor and strengthen the women’s empowerment process in Uganda.

A just and fair society where Women and men equally participate in and benefit from decision making processes

To promote gender equality in all areas of decision making through capacity development, community empowerment policy engagement and strategic partnerships

  1. Respect of women’s rights as human rights
  2. Respect of diversity
  3. Gender equality and equity
  4. Accountability and transparency
  5. Integrity
  6. Excellence

Over the next five years, FOWODE will strengthen women’s voice and promote gender justice in the political and economic arena; build the leadership of young people to advance women’s rights as well as foster accountable institutions and influence economic policy from a women’s rights perspective.

  • Our strategic vision is “Women with voice, power and resources engage effectively in governance”
  • We shall strive to be a Centre for innovative and transformative leadership to achieve women-centred change

The Board

Every three (3) years the general assembly elects a five (5) member Board of Directors which plays an oversight role and provides strategic direction to FOWODE. The current board was elected in January 2013 and consists of charismatic women with a wide range of skill set. Below are the members of FOWODE’s current Board.

JOYCE NAMIRIMO TAMALE

Board chair person


Joyce is a Fellow of the Global professional accountancy body ACCA (FCCA) UK, a Chartered Public Accountant in Uganda, a Chartered Marketer, qualified and experienced financial analyst and Advisor. Joyce is a Feminist with over 18 years’ experience in strategy formulation, social marketing, Corporate Governance and Organisational Leadership. Joyce is the Managing Director of Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) a leading Social Marketing organisation that has built a sustainable NGO hybrid business model.
Joyce holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Management institute (ESAMI), a fellow of the Association of the Certified Chartered Accountants (UK), A Post Graduate in marketing from Edinberg UK, and a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from Makerere University. She has several certificates in various field including corporate governance, Strategic Planning, women leadership, Risk management, gender, strategic financial management, organisational development, and sexual reproductive Health.
Joyce has over 10 years experienced in corporate governance matters and has served on several Boards of Directors. She started the Corporate Women’s Forum which provides space to unleash Women’s potential in the competitive male world. This has enabled mentorship of over 100 young women leaders and majority are in managerial positions within the various institutions. Joyce is a blogger on Total Market approach for sexual reproductive Health.
Joyce is a Feminist with over 18 years’ experience in strategy formulation, social marketing, Corporate Governance and Organisational Leadership.

LINA ZEDRIGA WARU

Vice chair person


Ms Lina Zedriga Waru Abuku is a lawyer by profession and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Laws LLB (Hons), from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, an MA. in Human Rights, MA Peace and Conflict is currently a PHD Candidate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Lina’s wide-ranging background includes extensive experience as a Judicial Officer, Women peace and security Advocate, social-justice and social inclusion activist, community participation practitioner, policy analyst, researcher and educator specialising in Women Peace and Security, Women in leadership and decision making, and issues affecting vulnerable groups especially in conflict and post conflict situations.
As a researcher, Lina has consulted widely in the areas of social protection, system strengthening, policy analysis, programme development, legal and institutional frameworks, transitional Justice best practices and evaluation in Uganda and at the regional level.

Lina is the Director and Founder of Regional Associates for Community Initiatives (RACI), a local organisation in Uganda and is also currently the Secretary Uganda National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Crimes (UNCP), and Secretary Global Action Against Mass Atrocities (GAAMAC) 11 Africa Working Group. She also lectures in Victoria University, Kampala.

Lina’s wide-ranging background includes extensive experience as a Judicial Officer, Women peace and security Advocate, social-justice...

SOLOME MUKISA

Finance secretary


Solome is the Executive Director, Uganda Community Based Association for Women and Children Welfare (UCOBAC). She has over 30 years’ experience in community development. Solome has vast experience in the areas of Leadership, NGO management and Human Rights which she has obtained through her service and in different capacities including working as the Deputy Director Women Affairs, NRM Secretariat and as a member of the Constituent Assembly. She has contributed to advocacy for children and women’s rights through provision of services, designing and implementing programs, advocacy and lobby for gender responsive laws and policies, training and capacity building and research among others.
In addition, Solome has contributed to the political empowerment of women at all levels. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in of Arts in Democracy and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University as well as additional certifications in Management and Micro finance.
Solome has vast experience in the areas of Leadership, NGO management and Human Rights...

BETH MWEBAZE JUNA

Board member


She is one of the founder members of FOWODE. She was a member of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and the Gender working group of the CA. She has a Master’s in Public Service , an Undergraduate Degree in Social Work and Social Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. She bounced back on the FOWODE Board having briefly served as Chairperson of FOWODE in 2002. She is a former Resident District Commissioner and Member of Parliament. She is also an experienced trainer on gender and women’s empowerment.
She bounced back on the FOWODE Board having briefly served as Chairperson of FOWODE in 2002...

TEZIRA JAMWA

Board member


She is one of the longest serving members of FOWODE. She holds a Diploma in Social Work and a Certificate in Public Administration. She is the current LC IV Woman Councilor, Ruharo ward in Mbarara. She is also the Director for Ruharo Infant School while at the same time serving as Vice Chair for Mbarara Women’s Development Association, Board member Mbarara High School and Secretary for Finance in Mbarara Municipality. She is also a trainer on gender and women’s empowerment.
She is one of the longest serving members of FOWODE...