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Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida

Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida is an advocate with a masters degree in Comparative Jurisprudence from Howard University, USA. As CEO of the Uganda Women Lawyers Association from 2013 – 2018 she repositioned it as a strong force for women’s human rights, social justice and the Rule of Law, on issues such as labour, business and human rights, governance and democracy, using national, regional and international mechanisms for redress, policy change and voice.

Irene Ovonji-Odida was appointed to the AU/ UNECA High Level Panel on Illicit Financial flows from 2012-2015. She actively contributed to the process and report. She is currently a member of the Illicit Financial Flows Task Force Pan African Lawyers Union, Tax Steering Group South Centre and Independent Commission ICRICT.

As a regional MP in EALA from 2001 to 2006 she led initiatives for regional conflict resolution and effective oversight by African legislators in trade negotiations. From 1994-2001 she worked in key government agencies which anchored major national initiatives.

Hon. Ovonji-Odida has been a leader in civil society since 1988 in the women’s and human rights movements. She has been a member of national and international boards, and was international board chair of ActionAid International  and also a member of the African Advisory Board of The ONE Foundation. She has contributed to reports and co-authored chapters in two books, on constitutionalism and women’s land rights and currently completing a chapter on Illicit Financial Flows in a book on tax justice.

She is married to a career diplomat, has two children.