The pioneers of women movements in Uganda

The Uganda Legislative Council during a session in the 1950s. Pumla Ellen Ngozwana Kisossonkole and Sarah Ntiro who made a mark on women’s role in leadership in Uganda were among the first Black women to serve in the council. PHOTO COURTESY OF HENRY LUBEGA

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Struggle for equality. As we celebrate the International Women’s Day today, we look back at two women; Pumla Ellen Ngozwana Kisossonkole and Sarah Ntiro, who not only set the precedent for the women movement in Uganda, but made a mark on women’s role in leadership

Born in 1911 as Pumla Ellen Ngozwana in South Africa to Methodist church ministers, Pumla was educated at the mission school before joining the university college of Fort Hare. It was while at the university that she met her future husband Christopher Kisosonkole who was a foreign student from Uganda.

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