SAUTI YA SASA: ENHANCING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH
ABOUT THE PROJECT
ACFODE in partnership with GIZ Uganda is implementing ‘SAUTI YA SASA’ (Voice of Now) – a mentoring programme for women and youth, co-funded by European Union in Uganda and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the Civil Society in Uganda Support Programme (CUSP).
The programme seeks to increase the capacity of women and young people who are already actively engaged in civil society by strengthening their leadership abilities, helping them gain more knowledge in areas such as; governance, gender, political participation, and furthering their career development while providing opportunities to network and build contacts for personal and professional development. Mentees are paired up with accomplished mentors for a joint learning journey.
The pilot phase of the programme focuses on Kampala.
PROJECT SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE
Enhanced civic engagement and career opportunities for women and youth
- Ugandans below 30 years constitute over 78% of the current population (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2015)
- The Uganda Bureau of Statistics further estimates that women comprise 52% of the country’s population
- Uganda’s legal frameworks such as the National Youth Council Act (1993), the National Women Council Act (1993) and the 1995 Ugandan Constitution Article 32 (1) and 78(1) (b & C), deliberately provide for the participation of special interest groups including youth and women in civic affairs.
- Youth and women political participation is further extended to all local government structures through the Local Government Act (1997) that provides for a male and female youth representative as well as women quotas at the various levels of local governments.
- Despite such tremendous progress, majority of Ugandan citizens particularly women and youth are still un informed about how they can actively engage in the governance and decision making processes. This is attributed to a number of reasons such as cultural beliefs and perceptions that are often biased against women and youth civic engagement, limited capacity of youth and women to participate in civic action, as well as low levels of civic and political education.
WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE
- Increased capacity of the programme participants to engage in civil society
- Increased knowledge in the concepts of gender, governance, leadership, career development among others.
- Increased awareness in utilisation networks and connections for personal and professional development.
HOW WE PLAN TO DO IT
- Pairing accomplished mentors with committed women and youth active in civil society for one-on-one mentoring sessions that offer reflection, guidance and exchange on professional and personal development
- Bi-monthly thematic learning sessions for mentees on relevant topics such as gender, governance, civic engagement, leadership and political participation
- Peer exchange and support
- Network building and strategic engagements to deepen civil society engagement
- Media Advocacy on youth and women’s civic engagement
- 15 Women
- 15 Youth