Winnie Byanyima

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Winnie Byanyima
Born(1957-01-01) 1 January 1957 (age 56)
Mbarara, Uganda
ResidenceNew York City, New York State, USA
NationalityUgandan
EthnicityMunyankole
CitizenshipUganda
EducationDegree in aeronautical engineering
OccupationEngineer, Politician & Diplomat
Years active1981 — present
Known forPolitics
Home townMbarara
ReligionRoman Catholic
 
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Winnie Byanyima
Born(1957-01-01) 1 January 1957 (age 56)
Mbarara, Uganda
ResidenceNew York City, New York State, USA
NationalityUgandan
EthnicityMunyankole
CitizenshipUganda
EducationDegree in aeronautical engineering
OccupationEngineer, Politician & Diplomat
Years active1981 — present
Known forPolitics
Home townMbarara
ReligionRoman Catholic

Winifred "Winnie" Byanyima (born 13 January 1959 ) is a Ugandan aeronautical engineer, politician and diplomat. She has served as the Director of the Gender Team, in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), since 2006.[1]

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Background [edit]

She was born in Mbarara District, in Western Uganda. Her parents are Boniface Byanyima, one-time National Chairman of the Democratic Party in Uganda, and Gertrude Byanyima, a former school teacher, who died in November 2008.[2] Winnie Byanyima attended Mount Saint Mary's College Namagunga, in Buikwe District. She went on to obtain a degree in aeronautical engineering, outside Uganda, becoming the first female Ugandan to become an Aeronautical Engineer.

Work experience [edit]

Following the completion of her training as an aeronautical engineer, Ms. Byanuyima worked as a flight engineer for the now-defunct Uganda Airlines. When Yoweri Museveni started the 1981 -1986 NRA War, Byanyima left her job and joined him. Museveni and Byanyima had grown up together at the Byanyima household when both of them were young.[3]

After the NRA won that war, Byanyima became an active participant in Ugandan politics. She served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Ugandan 1995 Constitution. She then served two consecutive terms as a Member of Parliament, representing Mbarara Municipality, from 1994 until 2004. In 2004, she was appointed Director of the Directorate of Women, Gender and Development at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She served in that capacity until she was appointed as Director of the Gender Team in the Bureau for Development Policy at the UNDP, in November 2006.[4]

In January 2013, Byanyima was announced as the next Executive Director of Oxfam International, beginning in April 2013.[5]

Personal details [edit]

Winnie Byanyima is married to Kizza Besigye, the former Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party in Uganda. Together, they are the parents of one son called Anselm. Byanyima is a member of the FDC party, although she has significantly reduced her participation in partisan Ugandan politics since she became a Ugandan diplomat in 2006.[6] She has five siblings: Edith, Anthony, Martha, Abraham and Olivia, Anthony.[7]

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