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In order to solicit solutions to these existing challenges, ACFODE in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung –Uganda and South Sudan and with funding from the UN Women Uganda, carried out a three days residential workshop of selected participants from the local government, like minded civil society organizations at the grassroots as well as members of the project team at National level; to discuss and learn on civic education skills for creating awareness on gender and women’s leadership.
Appreciating that without specific attention to gender inclusiveness, important segments of society are excluded especially women and youth, from the benefits of access to land and other productive resources, ACFODE with financial support from We Effect rolled out a five-year project titled “Enhancing Gender Equality in member-based organisations through Policy Advocacy.” The project aims to enhance capacities of We Effect partners in Uganda to deliver gender responsive services and products to their members (women, men and young people) through capacity building, policy review, learning reflections and peer support, male engagement, strategic engagements and media campaigns.
According to the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development (MGLSD), Gender based Violence (GBV) undermines the health, dignity, security, mental health and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains hidden in a culture of silence. This largely acceptable practice has far reaching costs including sexual and reproductive health consequences, such as forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Gender Based Violence also leads to loss in productivity and business thus having effects on the household, society and the nation as a whole.
The objectives of this intervention included; building capacity of relevant stakeholders in lawful by-law development, equipping social actors and sub-county leadership with the knowledge and skills for effective implementation of by-laws including gender-sensitive budgeting, monitoring and moving motions and bills in addition to generating commitment and develop action plans.