Mastullah Ashah Mwanga

Mwanga Ashah Mastullah is a Ugandan lawyer, development worker and human rights activist. She is the founding Executive Director of the Islamic Women’s Initiative for Justice Law and Peace (IWILAP) and a lecturer in human rights law at Makerere University. She also lectures criminal justice at Busitema University in Uganda. She is passionate about human rights peace, security and women’s rights. She understands that the proactive inclusion of gender in the field of security and post-conflict reconstruction is critical to building resilient societies. This motivated her to establish IWILAP and advocate for the full implementation of subsequent resolutions on gender-based violence, greater gender diversity in political leadership and within security forces, and increased women’s participation in peace processes both at the local and regional levels. Mwanga’s work has covered several fields, including women’s rights, gender justice, peace building, conflict analysis and post conflict reconstruction and access to justice through legal aid resolution. She has worked extensively with individuals, organisations and networks in Uganda, East Africa and Central Asia. Mwanga was also selected as a global change leader by the Coady International Institute housed the International Center for Women’s leadership at the St. FX University in Canada. She has also recently taken on the role of a master trainer at the prestigious Regional Training Facility (RFT) of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to conduct training for judicial officers on sexual and gender based violence. In November, 2017, Mwanga was selected among the 25 global scholars and acquired automatic membership with the Women in International Security (WIIS) of Washington DC. United States of America as a result of her tremendous work on fighting for the rights of women nationally and globally.

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