ACFODE in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Uganda (KAS), engaged LCIII women councilors from the sub counties of Kirundo, Busanza, Nyakabande and Nyarusiza on how best they can influence decision making processes for gender equality, implement gender responsive policies, programs and budgets. This interface took place from 15th to 16th May 2018 at Muhabura view guest house.
One of the councillors shares on how she handles gender based violence cases in her sub county.
The two days training put emphasis on gender and women’s rights i.e. role of LC III councilors in advancing for the women’s cause, understanding the women’s manifesto, lobbying and advocacy to influence council decisions, communication skills, gender based violence and violence against women, monitoring and documentation for sub county councilors among others. The councilors also used the training as a platform to network and explore experiences on how best they can improve their leadership.
During the workshop the councilors pledged to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to pass bylaws that will fight the five key issues from the women’s manifesto such as women’s health, education for women and girls, women’s land and property rights, women’s economic empowerment as well as women’s political participation and decision making in their respective sub counties.
One of the councilors from Nyakabande sub county, Ms. Karuhije Agnes commented thus;
“We are very grateful for this training, it is an eye opener and we are going to ensure that beginning with June 2018 we pass bylaws directed towards fighting for women’s rights. We are therefore going to practice what we have learnt from the two days training and I believe everyone is going to go back home with new knowledge. Thanks ACFODE for this rare opportunity we wish we would receive this on quarterly basis.”
Field Officer-Kisoro Dsitrict.