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  The new UN Women Country Representative Paulina Chiwangu formally assumed her duties on Wednesday after presenting her credentials to the Ugandan Foreign Minister the Hon General Jeje Odongo The launch took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs MOFA and was witnessed by dignitaries from MOFA and the UN Women Country Office in Uganda During the ceremony the minister recognized the tremendous work of UN Women in supporting women s empowerment and gender equality She commended the new country representative for her impressive experience and for having worked extensively in Uganda Women in Uganda still face many challenges including the effects of COVID 19 the challenges of outsourced work in the countries they work in and the patriarchy that still leaves them behind We want to work with UN Women to address the prevailing challenges in refugee settings and outsourcing UN Women must work closely with the government to identify priority areas where they can work together said the Hon Jeje Odongo Ms Chiwangu commented on her warm welcome to Uganda highlighting UN Women s mandate to support all countries to promote gender equality and women s empowerment First of all I congratulate Uganda and Brenda Akia for being voted into the CEDAW committee the first time a Ugandan woman has been elected to the committee On behalf of UN Women I pledge our close collaboration with her in the work of CEDAW Also Congratulations to the country for the launch of the Parish Development Model and I promise to support to ensure its successful implementation said Paulina Chiwangu is a Doctor of Philosophy and has more than 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work She previously served as UN Women Deputy Country Representative in South Sudan and as UN Women Country Office Deputy Country Representative in Iraq as well as Head of KR Sub Headquarters G Prior to her work with UN Women Iraq she worked with UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina as Head of Gender Coordination for the UNDAF She worked with UN Women in Serbia as acting Head of Office Before that she headed the UN Joint Inter Agency Program on Gender Equality and was Acting Country Representative for the UN Women office in Uganda for a year Before joining UN Women she was Head of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation as well as the Public Relations Unit of the UNDP Police Reform Program in Dhaka Bangladesh She has held positions in various countries in southern Africa as well as in the United States and Ireland The UN Women Country Representative is an accredited representative of the UN Women Executive Director and Regional Director and is responsible for negotiations with the host country The Country Representative also oversees relations and activities with the government and other partners provides security for UN Women staff and facilitates common service functional arrangements with other UN agencies
New UN Women representative officially assumes her duties in Uganda

1 The new UN Women Country Representative, Paulina Chiwangu, formally assumed her duties on Wednesday after presenting her credentials to the Ugandan Foreign Minister, the Hon. General Jeje Odongo.

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2 The launch took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and was witnessed by dignitaries from MOFA and the UN Women Country Office in Uganda.

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3 During the ceremony, the minister recognized the tremendous work of UN Women in supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality.

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4 She commended the new country representative for her impressive experience and for having worked extensively in Uganda.

5 “Women in Uganda still face many challenges, including the effects of COVID-19, the challenges of outsourced work in the countries they work in, and the patriarchy that still leaves them behind.

6 We want to work with UN Women to address the prevailing challenges in refugee settings and outsourcing.

7 UN Women must work closely with the government to identify priority areas where they can work together,” said the Hon. Jeje Odongo.

8 Ms. Chiwangu commented on her warm welcome to Uganda, highlighting UN Women’s mandate to support all countries to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment”.

9 First of all, I congratulate Uganda and Brenda Akia for being voted into the CEDAW committee, the first time a Ugandan woman has been elected to the committee.

10 On behalf of UN Women, I pledge our close collaboration with her in the work of CEDAW.

11 Also Congratulations to the country for the launch of the Parish Development Model and I promise to support to ensure its successful implementation”, said Paulina Chiwangu is a Doctor of Philosophy and has more than 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work.

12 She previously served as UN Women Deputy Country Representative in South Sudan and as UN Women Country Office Deputy Country Representative in Iraq, as well as Head of KR Sub-Headquarters G.

13 Prior to her work with UN Women Iraq, she worked with UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina as Head of Gender Coordination for the UNDAF.

14 She worked with UN Women in Serbia as acting Head of Office.

15 Before that, she headed the UN Joint Inter-Agency Program on Gender Equality and was Acting Country Representative for the UN Women office in Uganda for a year.

16 Before joining UN Women, she was Head of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as the Public Relations Unit of the UNDP Police Reform Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

17 She has held positions in various countries in southern Africa, as well as in the United States and Ireland.

18 The UN Women Country Representative is an accredited representative of the UN Women Executive Director and Regional Director and is responsible for negotiations with the host country.

19 The Country Representative also oversees relations and activities with the government and other partners, provides security for UN Women staff, and facilitates common service functional arrangements with other UN agencies.

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