ACFODE with support from UN Women is implementing a project titled Enhancing Public Awareness and Support for Women’s Political Participation and Gender Equality. The project is to be implemented in Kamuli, Pallisa, Moroto, Gulu and Kampala districts.
The pre-visit was the first planned activity under the project. The purpose was to introduce the project to stakeholders at district level i.e. district leadership, Civil Society Actors and the Private Sector and to ensure their involvement and ownership of the project, map out participants for the project activities. The visit also purposed to identify specific training needs amongst Civil Society and Private sector Actors in the area of gender equality, women and girls’ rights and capacity to undertake civic education, lobbying and advocacy.
A two-person team comprised of project staff that will be involved in the implementation of project activities; carried out the pre-visit. In Gulu and Moroto Districts, the team was assisted by the UN Women regional offices, while in all of the 5 districts representatives from partner organizations such GAIN Uganda (Pallisa District), Ngabo Youth Friendly Service Centre (Kampala) Pathways Development Foundation (Gulu) as well as Riamriam (Moroto) helped in the process as they were familiar with the organizations operating in the district as well as the district leadership structure.
Through a series of meetings held with district leaders particularly those connected to the Civil Society, women’s rights, civic education, community development and youth activism, the dual was able to Identify specific issues relating to public perceptions of gender equality and women’s political participation and leadership, ascertain civil society and private sector actors for the project engagement, gather baseline information on gender equality and women’s political participation and leadership as well as confirm commitment from the five different district leaders through signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)
Some of the leadership met included, the District Community Development Officer, LCV Chairpersons, Gender and Community based services, and the office of the Chief Administrative Officer.
Official at the district hailed ACFODE’s implementation strategy of the project which will see local progenies being capacitated to be at the fore front of project activities. Most officials acknowledged that they were still struggling with concerns on gender equality and negative cultural practices that demean and belittle women. This intervention is therefore viewed as a timely answer and an avenue to curve renewed hopes for strengthening women in leadership, combating misogyny and redefining the position of women and girls in the selected districts.
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