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Financial management is a key ingredient needed by entrepreneurs and their managers to make concrete financial decisions. To enhance skills and knowledge on financial management and entrepreneurship among mentees under the Sauti Ya Sasa mentoring program, ACFODE in partnership with GIZ Uganda engaged them in a one day training. This training was facilitated by Mr. Kadima JP and Mr. Nasser Katuramu on 26th April, 2019, involving 12 mentees (8 females and 4 males) at ACFODE House, Bukoto-Kampala.
Every human being is inherently a right holder who should enjoy their universal human rights. Duty bearers have roles and responsibilities to ensure that each person is guaranteed their rights. Accordingly, ACFODE, as a woman rights focused organization, conducted a two days induction meeting with sub-county and district duty bearers to enhance their understanding and inclusion of gender sensitivity in all policies and budgets in their respective areas of duty.
Nabunya Stella- Lwanda Sub-county a leader for one of the women groups in Rakai district shares how they have been in position to fight sexual violence, teenage pregnancy and school dropouts in their area. She notes that residents were found of attending trans-night parties during which girls would either raped and or defiled, actions that resulted in unwanted pregnancies and eventually school dropout. The women group under Stella’s leadership thus organized several meetings with the Local Council one Chairman who passed a by-law barring parties beyond 11:00pm. This law has seen a reduction in the occurrence of sexual violence in Lwanda sub-county and teenage pregnancy and consequently girls have stayed in school.
“There is nothing women can achieve if their leaders, especially fellow women, fail to come out boldly and advocate for inclusion of women pertinent needs in government programmes. And the best way to do this is when they work together,” said Ms Susan Acen Oyepa, the Apac District Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO) while giving her opening remarks during the Apac district capacity building training of the women leaders caucuses.
Organised by Action For Development (ACFODE), the trainings were held in March, 2019 in each of the districts of Apac, Oyam, Kaberamaido, Kibaale and Masaka and reached out to 135 people.
The Women leaders training were directed towards strengthening members of the women caucuses with skills and knowledge to enhance power in planning, policy making, budgeting and implementation of government programs.