Protocol watch


Uganda signed the Maputo Protocol in December 2003 and ratified it on July, 2010. 

  • Uganda developed a NAP for the national implementation of UNSCR1325, 1820 and the Goma Declaration on Eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes Region (GomaDeclaration) in 2008.
  • “The Uganda Vision 2040 which prioritised efforts to enable women to participate in education and skills development; business, agriculture and industry; equal political representation at all levels; as well as total elimination of harmful and non-progressive sociocultural practices that affect the health and wellbeing of both women and men.“
  • In 2006, Uganda’s Ministry of Health tried to update the Comprehensive Abortion CareServices section of Uganda’s National Policy Guidelines and Service Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The update would have expanded the circumstances under which an abortion could legally be carried out to include cases of severe fetal abnormalities; criminal circumstancessuch as rape, defilement and incest; and health circumstances affecting the mother, such as cervical cancer, HIV or renal or cardiac complications. But the law failed to pass.The ministry tried again in April 2015, releasing another set of standards and guidelines designed to reduce deaths and injuries from abortion-related complications. Dinah Nakiganda Busiku, an official in the ministry, says that a consensus extending the circumstances under which East Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights abortion was allowed was reached after consulting with other government ministries and civil society groups. But in December of that year, the Ugandan government recalled the guidelines once again, after objections from religious and cultural leaders who claimed they hadn’t been sufficiently consulted about the proposed changes.
  • The Uganda Police Force (UPF) developed a Gender Policy (2018), the UPF Recruitment Policy (2015) and the Training Policy which emphasize 30% representation of women from recruitment, promotion and deployment.”