TROCAIRE Funded Project

Advocacy for Effective Implementation of GBV Laws and Policies in Uganda


In 2010, the Government of Uganda enacted the Domestic Violence Act and its guidelines. Since its enactment the enforcement has remained a big challenge. Furthermore, the Government passed the GBV policy and its action plan in 2016 to strengthen implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and this is yet to be rolled out.

Experience from enactment of the DV Act has shown that there is minimal mainstreaming of the GBV policy strategies into development plans of the different duty bearers which has greatly affected the implementation process. There is also need to do a lot of work around popularizing the policies and mainstreaming strategies into stakeholder plans and budgets both at national and local levels.

It’s against this backdrop that ACFODE in partnership with TROCAIRE is implementing a project “Advocacy for the Effective Implementation of GBV Policies and Laws in Uganda.”


The project will be implemented for a period of 5 years (2017-2021).


The project is being implemented in Kitgum, Omoro, Lamwo, Kaberamaido and Katakwi districts (Acholi and Teso regions)


This project focuses on implementation of the main national policies on violence against women, to include; the Domestic Violence Act (DVA, 2010) and the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Policy and its Action Plan (2016).


The long term outcome for this project is to have women in target communities free from violence and its associated risks.

The program’s intermediate outcome is to have women and men advocating at national and local level for appropriate resourcing and implementation of GBV laws and policies.


  • Simplify, translate and disseminate the GBV Policy and the DV Act
  • Conduct trainings for 180 community women leaders on the GBV Policy, its action plan, and DV Act in Kitgum, Omoro, Lamwo, Kaberamaido and Katakwi districts
  • Conduct research on implementation of the DV Act and GBV Policy in Kitgum, Omoro, Lamwo, Kaberamaido and Katakwi districts
  • Disseminate the study findings on GBV policy and laws implementation to the GBV advocacy groups at local level
  • Conduct 2 regional TOT workshops for the GBV Advocacy groups on GBV policies and laws
  • Organize strategic engagements with key stakeholders at regional level on the effective implementation of the GBV Policy
  • Organize strategic engagements with influential stakeholders at national level including the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOs), MGSLD, and Parliamentary Committee on Gender, about the effective implementation of GBV laws and policies.
  • During the strategic meetings, position papers and policy briefs will be shared.
  • Commemorate the International Women’s Day and 16 days of Activism Against GBV
  • Conduct support visits/mentor partner organizations to document progress and best practices in GBV advocacy work in the target communities
  • Conduct training for 2 regional GBV advocacy groups in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation as an advocacy approach for the DV act.
  • Conduct advocacy skills workshops for 180 women leaders from the target communities to lobby and advocate for implementation of the GBV policies


  • Women, men, youth
  • Persons with disability (PWD)
  • Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHV)
  • Civil society organizations at both national and regional level
  • Key stake holders like (MGLSD, JLOs, and Parliamentary Committee on Gender)

To empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.

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