In the University council, of the 22 members, only 6 are females and 17 male. The University Senate has 13 females and 63 male. In the central management of the University, there are 35 women and 109 men. The University has 14 female professors while there are 74 male professors.
Members of Parliament on the Education committee have asked Makerere University management to address gender inequality at the university.
According to Dr Euzobia Baine, the Acting Director Gender Mainstreaming directorate, the University faces several challenges of women being sidelined in decision making. She also says that women are underrepresented in all departments of Makerere University.
Makerere University council led by the chairperson Lorna Magara and Vice-chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe were on Thursday appearing before the committee to answer the on-going impasse and gender equity in the university.
According to Baine, the government should deliberately set policies employing more women.
In the University council, of the 22 members, only 6 are females and 17 male. The University Senate has 13 females and 63 male.
In the central management of the University, there are 35 women and 109 men. The University has 14 female professors while there are 74 male professors.
There are also 141 female lecturers compared to 359 male.
Joseph Ssewungu, the MP Kalungu West, said that there is evidence of gender gap in decision making at the University. He says in the University Council, for instance, the University has only appointed a lady to make it seem like women are ably represented.
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The committee also tasked Makerere on women in acting position.
According to Jacob Opolot, the committee chairman, many of the women in major positions are in acting capacity.
He tasked the management to ensure the next time they appear before the committee, the position that is currently occupied by someone in an acting position is filed.
Prof. Nawangwe on his part told the MPs that they are following all the procedures to fill the positions.