British Council in partnership with Action for Development (ACFODE) implemented a 2 year project co-funded by the European Union. The Project aimed at strengthening institutions and communities in promoting women’s rights. One of the interventions was to engage with women councilors, social actors, civil society actors as well as women groups in capacity trainings aimed at promoting and protecting of women’s rights using CEDAW International instrument. As a result, a total of 18 CEDAW committees were formed across the project districts of Apac, Nebbi, Oyam and Pader.

As part of sustainability strategy for the project and the results realized during the 2 year period of project implementation, ACFODE together with British council handed over a total of 126 bicycles to the CEDAW committees across the four project districts. The bicycles will be used to continue with activities and initiatives of women and girls rights promotion by the CEDAW committees in their respective communities.

During the handover, the district leaders present included. CAO’s, DCDO’s, Gender officers, RDC’s and DPC’s committed to supporting the work of the CEDAW committees. In Nebbi district, the DCDO Peter Okiria indicated that the committees would be utilized in generating information for the gender based information management system.

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CEDAW committee representatives from Pader district with their bicycles received from the program Manager of British Council

The CEDAW committees noted that the bicycles will improve their mobility while monitoring the delivery of Local Government Programmes. “I thank ACFODE and British Council for this Initiative as this will greatly easy our work of mobilizing communities and sensitizing them on women’s rights protection and promotion” Onyango Concy, Cedaw Committee- Pader.

Across the project districts, district leadership pledged to work together with the CEDAW communities in educating communities about their rights especially women’s rights and, incorporate their action plans into the district development plans.

Appreciation was made to ACFODE, British Council and European Union for the tremendous change realized among communities, approach of CEDAW committees who are part of the community and involvement of social actors such as religious and clan leaders. CEDAW committees were encouraged to continue implementing their work plans by the district leadership and share reports with relevant departments.

 

Happy Ainomugisha

Program Assistant

Human Rights & Governance Department

ainoharpie@acfode.org

CEDAW Committees Receive Bicycles

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