UNFPA Executive Director (Dr. Babatunde) Interacts With Young People In Uganda

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On July 28th from 17:00-1800hrs, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin – UNFPA Executive Director, Hon. Sarah Opendi – State Minister For Primary Health Care & Dr. Jotham Musinguzi – Regional Directors, Partners In Population and Development will have a live interaction with young people in Uganda at the sidelines of National Family Planning Conference At Serena Hotel. The Discussion will focus on how to make Sexual reproductive health a reality for Young people

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuk07l6enbM

Draft Communiqué Women in Politics Conference – July 22-23, 2014

We, the participants gathered in Kampala, Uganda on the occasion of the National Women in Politics Conference held on the 22-23rd July 2014, organized by the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE);

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Having come together in the spirit of sisterhood and guided by our common agenda of promoting women in politics and leadership as a fundamental non- negotiable right;
Affirming that democracy without women’s equal participation is flawed and observing that multiple challenges continue to limit women’s equal participation in leadership including institutional bias; stereotyping; historical imbalances, poor political party internal democracy; weak electoral laws; gender based violence targeting women; high poverty levels; lack of sufficient resources to run successful political campaigns;

Recognising that politics and political campaigns in Uganda continue to be highly monetized, leading to high levels of corruption and unethical practices, and additionally serving as a barrier to women’s participation;10557704_508048622658534_8434097677516446441_o

Appreciating the trends set by the AU on Gender Parity a standard to which Uganda should aspire and acknowledging the commendable steps measures and actions at national and local level by the Government of Uganda; Civil Society Organizations; Development Partners; Political Parties and Citizens to promote women in politics and leadership; Continue reading

Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme 2014

Are you making a difference in your community?

10507854_617786311652618_1927160824_nApply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Pogramme. Over the next five years,this life changing Programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people (18-29) to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

  • An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders
  • Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

Young people from all across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader.

 

Eligibility

Young people who have already achieved something extraordinary for themselves and others are also taking part in the event

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants/nominees need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements.
  2. Applicants/nominees must be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country.
  3. Applicants/nominees need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  4. Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.
  5. All applicants/nominees need to be supported by a suitable referee. All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition

Award details

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. At least one young person from every Commonwealth country will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Visit Queen Young Leaders for more information. #TheSearchIsOn http://www.queensyoungleaders.com/

REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS HELD IN MBALE

10519448_698425140193262_5543020869835006036_oOn Tuesday 8th July, 2014 business at Mbale resort Hotel almost came to a hold as ACFODE a Women’s Rights organization, organized the Regional conference for women’s administrators. Held under the theme: “Women Breaking through and soaring the heights”, the convention attracted a total of over 200 women leaders in public administration positions including directors, heads of departments, head teachers, Women Members of Parliament and Gender focal persons from key line ministries and district leaders among others who all converged at Mbale Resort Hotel to discuss pertinent issues that impede women’s meaningful participation in public administration spaces. The conference also aimed at offering a dais to build synergies among women leaders and get inspired to play an active and visible role in advocacy, community transformation and programme implementation within their localities.

10517659_698040836898359_3859933999684768408_oAt the conference women public administrators from the Eastern Uganda districts of Dokoro, Pader, Namutumba and Mbale among other neighboring districts shared experiences they go through in their execution of work in a predominantly male sector. Women leaders noted the luck of leadership, legislative and advocacy skills as some of the inadequacies they have which impede their active involvement and meaningful contribution in public administration spaces. Some confessed to have been marginalized in all community driven development processes, oppressed and discriminated against compared to their male counterparts whilst Sexual exploitation of women during recruitment is glaring in most of the communities, one participant noted. Continue reading

ACFODE TO HOLD A REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS

Although the number of women in leadership positions continues to burgeon as a result of gender responsive laws and policies the country has enacted, women in Uganda continue to be marginalized in both domestic and public level decision-making processes. Current statistics on female employment rates in the public sectors for instance do clearly indicate how women are concentrated at the lowest labor hierarchy as secretaries, nurses and class room teachers particularly for lower classes. Whist the legal, policy and administrative frameworks for women’s public participation exist in the country today, the ratio of women to men in senior and top level managerial positions is glaring and does not reflect the population vein of 51% women. This is largely influenced by existing governance structures with quasi leaders in concrete embodiments of political influence; a highly patriarchal social setting which makes it difficult to influence public policy especially from a gender perspective by women legislators today. The patriarchal settings of most institutions in the country do not view women as capable leaders but rather as “kitchen” attendants.

10299968_669860493049727_6088699586053249635_nAs a result of this, many women especially those in public administration sectors have continued to face enormous challenges but not limited to gender stereotyping, women’s own low self esteem, lack of mentors from whom to learn and get inspired, limited negotiation, lobbying and advocacy skills and public speaking as well as insufficient mechanisms at all levels to promote the advancement of the women’s agenda. All these challenges and constraints greatly impede the effective performance of women in administration leaving many to lag behind in comparison to their male counterparts and while as many join politics and other leadership circles, they luck the necessary skills and training resulting in their low efficiency in leadership spheres. Continue reading

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for 2014 Leadership Academy

 UYONET is a regional focused leading umbrella Youth CSO Network with over 40 member organizations that collectively works to mainstream young peoples’ engagement in development and governance processes in East Africa and beyond. Since inception, UYONET has been positioning the youth to play a leading role in nation building by enhancing their visibility in policy and governance processes across East Africa and providing the necessary infrastructure for information sharing and networking through youth empowerment on critical issues, capacity building, lobby and advocacy, publicity and media.

UYONET with support from partners have now established the Leadership Academy and invites applications from young Ugandans who are interested in leadership. The leadership academy is an initiative for a multi-faceted and generational change leadership training and mentoring programme intended to promote more pluralistic, representative and accountable Imagegovernance in Uganda. The leadership Academy is a non academic but certified programme with a wide range of leadership/political training programmes to young people in their diversities.

The Academy begins in 2014 and will annually target 120 current and prospective young leaders over the next three years for non academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring and field based engagements to enable put new skills to practical use in both public and private institutions including local governments, parliament, political parties, and civil society among others.

For details about the academy and application guidelines find enclosed the academy concept note, flyer and application form to inform your action: Download application from here: Academy Brochure Application form

 Best of luck

Feminists Call for Action on the Suspension of Pregnant University Students

A statement from the Uganda Feminist Forum (UFF)

We, the feminists in Uganda strongly protest and condemn in the strongest possible terms the suspension of 26 female students from Uganda Christian University’s Kabale affiliate college for conceiving before marriage. It is retrogressive and discriminatory in an institution of higher learning that is supposed to be nurturing, mentoring and imparting knowledge and information on equal access and rights observation. Punishing females only for being pregnant without putting punitive mechanisms on male students/partners involved is discriminatory and unworthy of a University.

Photo Credit Edward Echalu for UNFPA

Photo Credit Edward Echalu for UNFPA

We need our universities to propel us forward and not to perpetuate attitudes and practices that violate women’s rights and undermine efforts aimed at achieving gender equality and social justice for all in Uganda. This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with patriarchal control of women! It is astonishing that this kind of moral surveillance on adult women is happening in the year 2014 after the milestones we celebrate of achieving equality of education opportunities for all Ugandans, men and women, boys and girls.  Never before has the statement that women’s rights are being rolled back been clearer than it has in the last 12 months in Uganda!! Continue reading