On 10th December 2014, ACFODE received an Appreciation Award at the Annual Gender Based Violence Fundraising Dinner organized by ActionAid and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development at Hotel Africana. The organization was recognized for her “Excellent Efforts in Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response through Improving Policy and Legal Environment”.
Ms Sidonia Angom an ACFODE Board Member, received the Accolade on behalf of the organization, as handed over by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. The event was part of the first National Annual Gender Based Violence Conference that marked the end of Uganda’s commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence under the theme “Act Now: Stop Teenage Pregnancy, Child and Forced Marriages.”
Joyce Nabaloga the ACFODE Finance and Administration Manager Shows off the Award
Participants at the dinner recommended effective implementation of gender responsive laws such as the Domestic Violence Act, establishing one-stop-centers at all districts, engaging and involving men in gender issues. The Speaker of Parliament, who was the Chief Guest, responded positively to the demand for strengthening the status of women in marriage by recalling the Marriage and Divorce Bill.
ACFODE’s innovative and successful work on promoting positive socio-cultural practices, including; the prevention of child marriages, in Lango Sub-Region has also been captured in a Gender Based Violence book titled “The Journey of Girls and Women Seeking Justice in Uganda” that was launched at the Fundraising Dinner by the Hon. Speaker of Parliament.
The book contains top line success stories on Gender Based Violence prevention, response and care interventions and spells out clear lessons and recommendations for future programming. Copies of the book will soon be available at ACFODE Secretariat.
Hon Rebecca Kadaga endorses participants’ commitments
This is one of the several awards ACFODE has received this year. Recently during the Gender Summit Award celebrations organized by Diakonia Uganda Country Program which ran from 27th – 29th October 2014, ACFODE was awarded for “Gender Mainstreaming,” and for “production of excellent information, communication and education (IECs) materials.” ACFODE was also recognized by both Human Rights Network (HURINET – U) and Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) as one of their committee and founder members.
Gender and Economic Policy Department