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Hon. Sheila Kawamara-Mishambi

Sheila Kawamara-Mishambi is currently the Executive Director of the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) and an Ex-Officio Member of the Board. She is a gender and development specialist and a feminist activist with up to 30 years of expertise in leadership, gender and human rights and peace and conflict resolution. Formerly served on the Global Management Team and now on the Global Supervisory Board of the Power to You(th) Programme.

Sheila served as a Member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), a regional parliament for six East African countries, including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan from November 2001 to November 2006. Before joining the regional parliament she was the Executive Director of Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) from 1996 to 2001; a teacher of Economics in Trinity College Nabbingo, from 1989 to 1991 and a journalist with the New Vision Newspaper in Kampala, from 1992 to 1996.

She holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Development Studies, Politics of Alternative Development Strategies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands; a Bachelors of Arts with Education Degree from Makerere University, Kampala and a Post-Graduate, Diploma in Journalism from the Uganda Management Institute in Kampala.

She has also got several post graduate qualifications in International Policy Advocacy, Gender, Human Rights and Organisational Development. She has done various consultancies in Uganda and internationally and written various publications, including the development of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plans for the Governments of Uganda and South Sudan.

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