Muramuzi Patience (Mrs) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Makerere University and a certificate in project planning and management from Uganda Management Institute. As NAWAD’s Executive Director and Founder, Patience has a 15 years’ working experience implementing, monitoring and managing environmental sustainability, women’s rights programming, organizational development, mobilization and support to grassroots women organizing. Since 2010, Patience led the design and management of a number of projects focused on empowering women as well as consolidating their position in sustainable environmental management. Patience is one of a group of women who initiated the formation of the eco-feminist movement in Africa and has been at the forefront of carrying out a campaign for the establishment of the movement in Nwoya and Amuru in Northern Uganda.
She is a member of Several Alliances and network organizations that promote women’s rights and environmental governance and among these include: WoMin which is an African gender and extractives alliance, Uganda Coalition for sustainable Development as a Board Member, Uganda Water and Sanitation Network (UWASNET), and National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU). As a Project Manager, Gender person and core mobilizer at Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), she developed and implemented programs that promoted water hygiene and sanitation among the slum areas of Kampala while ensuring that gender was mainstreamed in all the organization programs. At Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), which is one of the pioneer organizations to engage in the Oil and gas Sector of Uganda, Patience as a Program officer, initiated the promotion of access to rights and EITI (Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives) in the Oil sector of Uganda. She coordinated and participated in organizing dialogue meetings on EITI both local and cross country including Congo and South Africa. She was among the people who initiated the formation of the Publish What You Pay Coalition of Uganda, which is currently doing a great work in promoting transparency and accountability in the ecxtractives sector.