The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga was among eight women from all over Africa who were awarded with the prestigious African Influential Amazon Award 2012. This was during the All Africa Women Leader’s Dinner held in Nairobi Kenya.
The Award, which is conferred on merit, was presented to the Speaker by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development in recognition of her status as the first Female Speaker of Parliament in Uganda and because of her inspirational and mentorship roles to young emerging female leaders.
The award dinner was part of activities marking the all African Women Leaders’ Summit 2012, organized by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Centre has as its Patron Her Excellency Dr. Ida Odinga wife of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya.
This Summit brought together African Women leaders to address issues concerning the vulnerability of the girl child, female heads of households, and the burden of care that rests on females. It also paves ways to support and strengthen the capacity of women to support, protect and care for the female adolescent orphaned and vulnerable children and to among others, celebrate the top 15 Most Outstanding Efforts of Women Leaders.
Other outstanding women recognised at the function were Hon. Anne S. Makinda (MP), Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania; Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, House Leader, Federal House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Rosemary Okello-Orlale, Exective Director, African Woman and Child Feature Service; Professor Comfort M. Ekpo, Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo, Nigeria; Rt. Hon. Chinwe Clare Nwaebili (Adaugo), Anambra State House of Assembly, Nigeria; and Lara Banjoko, Chief Operating Officer, SPOG Petrochemicals Ltd, Nigeria.
The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development is a Non-Governmental Organisation, whose existence is solely hinged on the passion to emancipate and liberate women and children from all forms of victimization. The Organisation’s drive emanates from its Vision to empower women and children to fulfill their full potential.