Celebrating Women in Motorsport Uganda, A tribute on International Womens Day.


By Mwambazi Lawrence

In a world where motorsport has long been dominated by men, a group of trailblazing women in Uganda decided it was time to shift the paradigm. On March 8, 2023, they established a groundbreaking initiative, aptly named “Women in Motorsport Uganda.” This dynamic collective is driven by a shared passion for motorsport and a common goal: to empower, promote, sensitize, and support female participation in a sport traditionally monopolized by men.

Empowering the drive and leading the way is the 2011 and 2018 Uganda national Rally Champion Susan Muwonge aka The super lady

The scope of Women in Motorsport Uganda is inclusive, embracing all facets of the motorsport community. From drivers and co-drivers to marshals, sponsors, mechanics, and fervent fans, this initiative seeks to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes. Among its esteemed members are notable figures such as Maggie Roseform, Prosperous Namara, Suzan Muwonge, the two-time Uganda National Rally Champion and the sole female champion in the history of African motorsport, Leila Mayanja, a former rally driver, and Racheal Ntende, Cathy Nambazira seasoned time marshals. The roster also includes Mildred Kibuuka, Kobusingye Sheina, Shakira Nabwami, Mariam Nambasa, Daina Nagawa, Monica Birwinyo, Gloria Nantongo, and Doreen Nabira accomplished co-drivers, among others.

Lady navigators setting sail for new horizons from L-R Diana Nagawa, Nabirah Doreen, Mildred Kibuuka, Monica Birwinyo

This collective, essentially open to officials, competitors, mechanics, team managers, sponsors, and fans, envisions a future where women play pivotal roles in all aspects of motorsport. The diversity within the group, ranging from drivers to navigators, codrivers to coordinators, underscores the multifaceted contributions of women in the field.

Navigating with grace , Rallying with grit is Monica Birwinyo

When questioned about their vision for the future of women in motorsport, the response is clear and resolute. The members of Women in Motorsport Uganda aim to see a surge in the number of skilled and well-equipped women across all facets of motorsport. Their goal is not just to witness an influx of women into the sport but to witness these women rise to become champions in their own right.

celebrating the legacy of the longest serving Lady Navigator Mildred Kibuuka

As Monica Birwinyo, a codriver and one of the founders, succinctly puts it, “Having more and better-equipped women in all aspects of motorsport and more women joining the sport and becoming champions” encapsulates the collective vision of Women in Motorsport Uganda. Through their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment, these women are steering the wheels of change and ushering in a new era where gender is no longer a barrier but a celebration of diversity in the fast-paced world of motorsport.

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