Promoting Positive Socio-Cultural Practices in Rural Communities in Kisoro District


Under one of the organisation’s strategic objectives on contributing to the reduction of socio-cultural practices that cause gender inequalities, Action for Development (ACFODE) in partnership with EIRENE – International Christian Service for Peace and support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is implementing a project titled: “Promoting Positive Socio-Cultural Practices in Rural Communities in Kisoro District“.

The initiative involves a close collaboration with rights holders such as women, men, girls and boys as well as duty bearers such as religious leaders, cultural leaders, politicians, teachers and law enforcement officers. These are engaged in project activities that contribute to the reduction of negative cultural norms that are a barrier to gender equality in Uganda.

Project  Goal

The project aims to empower local communities to exercise and promote gender-responsive socio-cultural practices.

Project Duration

The project will be implemented for a period of 33 months (October 2015 – June 2018)

Areas of Operation

The project is being implemented in Kisoro District, in the Sub-Counties of: Busanza, Kirundo, Nyakabande and Nyarusiza.

Overall Project Objective:

The project seeks to contribute to the promotion of women’s rights based on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and gender equality in Uganda

Specific Objectives:

  • To promote women’s active participation in community activities and local decision making processes
  • To enhance community members’ recognition and practice of positive socio-cultural behaviour
  • To increase national and local level stakeholders’ engagement in debates on elimination of harmful socio-cultural practices that lead to SGBV

 Project Interventions

To achieve the above objectives, proposed interventions include:

  • Assessment to verify harmful and positive socio-cultural practices in the target Sub-Counties and Validation Meeting on the findings
  • Launch of the project at the District level
  • Dialogues with social actors (cultural and religious leaders and teachers) to share information and generate commitment on promotion of positive and elimination of harmful socio-cultural practices
  • Advocacy Initiatives and Media engagements including quarterly Radio talk shows and national level conference
  • Capacity Building and Mentoring of model couples to equip them as role models for positive socio-cultural behaviour in their communities
  • Production of Behaviour Change Communication materials such as posters, stickers and t-shirts
  • Annual Partner Meetings at District level and Sub-County level and Review Meetings with stakeholders and target groups to facilitate experience sharing and learning and ensure the development and enforcement of mechanisms that address harmful socio-cultural practices and to follow-up on commitments made

Target Group

  • Rights holders (women and girls, men and boys)
  • District and Sub County leaders (Technical and Politicians)
  • Duty bearers such as the Police and the Judiciary
  • Social actors such as religious and cultural leaders as well as teachers)
  • Selected community-based, faith-based and civil society organizations at community and national level

 Project Results

  • Recognition of harmful socio-cultural practises as a violation of women’s and girls’ rights by relevant social actors, rights holders and duty bearers
  • Increased number of women and girls actively participating in community activities and local decision making processes
  • A critical mass of boys and men reached with information and models of gender responsive socio cultural practice
  • Increased number of formal and informal institutions establishing mechanisms and championing gender responsive socio-cultural practices
  • Adaptation of positive socio-cultural practices by community members, including positive parenting

For more information about the project contact:

The Executive Director

Action For Development

ACFODE House, Plot 623/624 Bukoto

P.O. Box 16729 Kampala – Uganda

Tel: +256 414 531812

+256 312 114890



Twitter: @acfode

 Field Office

Plot 53 Kisoro-Kabale Road

Next to the old market

(Former Real Quality Primary School Building)

Kisoro – Uganda

Tel. +256 392 612 640