Hon. AMONGI BETTY ONGOM (MP)
Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development
& Member of Parliament for Oyam South County
Hon. Amongi Betty Ongom is a human rights, democracy and justice enthusiast who has worked hard to defend the rights of women in Uganda including spearheading the campaign advocating for the scraping of refund of bride price in Uganda.
Through her work with global parliamentary associations; the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Inter Parliamentary Union, where she has been serving as an executive member, Hon. Amongi has travelled widely to Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Japan, Myanmar, Samoa, Tonga, Oman, Yemen, Gambia and Saudi Arabia to meet government officials in the campaign for inclusion of women in Parliament.
She has also been involved in global campaigns on Peace and Security.
Through her work in Somalia, the Clan Leaders who were opposed to a constitutional provision of including women representation in Parliament had accepted to progressively adopt a quota system for women.
She is an expert trainer of trainees for Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and IPU and serves as a Gender expert for the Uganda Gender partnership Donor group to help shape donor priorities in the areas of women's empowerment.
She is a trained professional in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Political Science and Gender and Development Studies.
She served as Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development before being posted to her current portfolio of Gender, Labour and Social Development.