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ACFODE organized mentoring and coaching sessions for district and sub county women caucuses of Kalangala, Oyam, Apac, Rakai and Kibale on 15th June, 2019. The sessions provided a platform for women councilors to discuss, reflect and agree on significant advocacy initiatives to undertake, interact with other women councilors and also share skills and knowledge to strengthen the functioning of the caucuses and implementation of their action plans.
70 women councilors benefited from these sessions with 15 in Rakai, 15 in Kibale, 15 in Oyam, 10 in Kalangala and 15 in Apac. During the different sessions held concurrently in the five districts, women councilors shared their achievements, challenges encountered and the strategies employed to create an impact.
In our pursuit of a just society where gender equality is a reality, ACFODE has comprehended that land ownership and access by women is still a challenge though a vital resource, critical factor of production and an essential pillar of human existence and development in Uganda.
Uganda has well stipulated laws and policies regarding land administration like The Uganda Land Act (2010) which provides for a joint ownership of the matrimonial home and property, and prohibits either husband or wife from selling any of them without the other’s consent or of their children. However, these do not adequately protect women and girls’ land and property rights leaving them with several injustices and challenges regardless of their crucial contribution in agriculture and rural enterprises.
Re-echoing Mary Mcleod Bathune words, Perry Aritua, the Executive Director, Women’s Democracy Network-Uganda Chapter emphasized, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power towards good deeds”. This was during the Sauti Ya Sasa mentees’ training which she co-facilitated with Susan Bakesha- an ACFODE Board Member at ACFODE House Bukoto on 24th May, 2019.
This training was one of the unique bi-monthly mentees’ engagements under Sauti Ya Sasa Mentoring Programme that are organized and implemented by ACFODE with support from GIZ Uganda. It was specifically organized as a means of equipping mentees with knowledge, skills and understanding of gender and civic engagement.
ACFODE with support from International Rescue Committee (IRC) conducted a 3 days training to enhance the capacities of women leaders from Imvepi and Bidibidi refugee settlements and host communities. The training brought together 23 women leaders from the aforementioned settlements, 3 host community leaders, 2 IRC representatives and 2 facilitators from ACFODE. Key on agenda was equipping women leaders with knowledge and skills of influencing processes and systems for the advancement of refugee women and girls’ rights.