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In Uganda, like in the rest of the world, women participate in politics, leadership and decision making processes is still faced with hindrances. However, unlike other countries where women's movements are restricted, or forbidden from appearing in public spaces, Uganda’s women movements are playing a remarkable role in improving the livelihood of women through championing women rights and needs at all levels.
Action for Development (ACFODE) with financial support from Democratic Governance Facility have adapted the women caucuses strategy to avail an opportunity and platform through which women leaders are exercising their right to political participation and also clearing a path for all women to speak and be heard.
UN Women conducted a monitoring exercise through partner and project review meetings to screen the project progress and outcomes and also guide further planning and implementation of the Enhancing Public Awareness and Support for Women’s Political Participation and Gender Equality project implemented by ACFODE in Kampala, Gulu, Moroto, Pallisa and Kamuli. This exercise was conducted in Kampala, Gulu, Kamuli and Pallisa from 13th to 18th May, 2019 respectively. It directly involved 73 participants including 22(11men and 11women) in Gulu, 24(14men and 10women) in Kamuli, 21(11men and 10women) in Pallisa and 6(5women and 1man) in Kampala.
For over 20 years now, ACFODE has employed the women caucus approach as one of the key strategies to strengthen women participation in politics and decision making, cooperation among women politicians and creation of effective alliances for a common goal. Through establishment of Women Leaders’ Caucuses, regular trainings, exchange learning visits and mentoring of women leaders, they have been equipped with knowledge and skills in leadership, advocacy, lobby, to mention but a few.
The impact of the aforementioned engagements is tremendously reflected in the great advances made by the women leaders to achieve gender equality, inclusion of women in decision making, men and women support of women political participation, girl child education and women economic development in their specific constituencies. ACFODE has carried on with this barrier breaking and life-changing initiative. In April, May and June, ACFODE was in Pallisa, Apac and Kabale respectively. The women leaders in the aforementioned districts were converged together in reflection meetings which presented them with an opportunity to interact and learn from each other but to also gain more understanding of women’s movement, caucusing for gender responsive service delivery and documentation, and monitoring of women caucuses. The reflection meetings reached 107 people (36 in Pallisa, 35 in Apac and 36 in Kabale District).
In accord with the saying, show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life, most successful people have had very influential mentors in their lives. Sauti Ya Sasa, a Mentoring Program implemented by ACFODE with support from GIZ Uganda seeks to create a skilled group of youth through mentoring. In this regard, a reflection meeting for mentors under this program was conducted to avail them an opportunity for knowledge and experience sharing.
The meeting was modulated by Mr. Lawrence Namale, a Consultant on personal and professional development from Life Signatures on 8th May, 2019 at ACFODE House Bukoto. In attendance were 12 participants including 7 Mentors, 3 ACFODE staff and 2 Personnel from GIZ. Key on the agenda was sharing and learning from one another’s mentoring experience, drawing expectations of mentees and devising means for the betterment of their mentorship journey and the program as well.