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The overall goal of the project is to contribute to: Women and youth effective participation in political decision-making and gender equality. Specifically the project aims at achieving four objectives.

  • Strengthened Synergy for women in politics.
  • Enhanced capacity of local women councillors to effectively spearhead gender equality and democratic governance.
  • Increased opportunities for engagement between youth and their elected representatives.
  • Documented women’s experiences in political decision making.
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The Women’s Democracy Group is a coalition of five civil society organizations in Uganda comprising of Action for development, Center for Women in Governance, Forum for Women in Democracy, Women’s Democracy Network-Uganda Chapter and Uganda Women’s Network. The coalition was established in 2009 with the aim of strengthening women’s leadership and influencing gender responsiveness in democratic governance

Women’s Democracy Group with support with DGF is implementing a project entitled; Enhancing leadership roles of women councilors in influencing council decision making.

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ACFODE in partnership with GIZ Uganda is implementing ‘SAUTI YA SASA’ (Voice of Now) – a mentoring programme for women and youth, co-funded by European Union in Uganda and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the Civil Society in Uganda Support Programme (CUSP).

The programme seeks to increase the capacity of women and young people who are already actively engaged in civil society by strengthening their leadership abilities, helping them gain more knowledge in areas such as; governance, gender, political participation, and furthering their career development while providing opportunities to network and build contacts for personal and professional development. Mentees are paired up with accomplished mentors for a joint learning journey.

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In 2010, the Government of Uganda enacted the Domestic Violence Act and its guidelines. Since its enactment the enforcement has remained a big challenge. Furthermore, the Government passed the GBV policy and its action plan in 2016 to strengthen implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and this is yet to be rolled out.

Experience from enactment of the DV Act has shown that there is minimal mainstreaming of the GBV policy strategies into development plans of the different duty bearers which has greatly affected the implementation process. There is also need to do a lot of work around popularizing the policies and mainstreaming strategies into stakeholder plans and budgets both at national and local levels.

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Whereas the number of women in political leadership in Uganda has gradually increased over the years, the numbers are still dismal when compared to male representation. Women continue to be under-represented in political leadership and related electoral processes such as voters, candidates, agents or electoral administrators. The under- representation and participation of women is attributed to a combination of institutional, structural constraints as well as cultural and attitudinal barriers that discourage women from being active in public life.

In light of the above, Action for Development (ACFODE), with support from UN Women, is implementing the project entitled “Enhancing public awareness and support for women’s political participation and gender equality in selected Districts in Uganda” to counteract the situation.

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Enhancing Gender Equality in Member-based Organizations through Policy Advocacy


The project will be implemented for five years


The project is being implemented in Mukono, Bundibugyo and Kasese.


To contribute to equitable access to land and other productive resources by women, men and young people in both housing and rural development sectors in Uganda by 2022


To enhance capacities of We Effect partners (Rwenzori Coffee Cooperative in Kasese, Semiliki Cooperative in Bundibugyo district, Mukono Multipurpose Youth Organization, Uganda Central Co-operative Financial Services Limited and Shelter and Settlement Alternative) in Uganda to deliver gender responsive services and products to their members (women, men and young people).


  • Women and young people in member based organizations are aware and have capacity to amplify their voices pertaining land, agribusiness and housing rights.
  • Women and young people in member organizations are active in leadership and can access quality services from duty bearers by 2022.
  • Membership among partner organizations is comprised of more women.
  • Duty bearers (private and public) more responsive to gender equality, women and young people’s rights to adequate housing, land and other productive resources.


  • Inception meetings with 5 partner organizations.
  • Conduct organizational capacity assessment of 5 partner organizations.
  • Facilitate 5 Partner organizations to develop Gender policies and their action plans.
  • Facilitate annual board, staff and membership reflection meetings for 5 partner organizations on gender mainstreaming.
  • Train partner organization to develop gender responsive Housing and sustainable rural development IEC materials.
  • Strengthen women and youth savings groups to demand for their rights to land, agribusiness and adequate housing.
  • Conduct a Gender Audit of the products and services accessed by women and young people within the adequate housing and sustainable rural development partners.
  • Organize a one day joint meeting to share findings of the gender audit.
  • Train partner member organizations in PM & E model for advocacy.
  • Establish a Think Tank to discuss gender responsive Adequate Housing at national level.
  • Gender Analysis of the Housing and Micro finance policies.
  • Support partner organizations to organize 8 strategic engagements at local level with stakeholders in the housing, land and micro finance sectors.
  • Support partner organizations to organize 8 Strategic meetings at National level with stakeholders in the housing, land and micro finance sectors.
  • Conduct phased trainings for partner members on women’s land and housing rights, gender equality, gender mainstreaming, HIV and AIDS mainstreaming and VAW/G.
  • Support training and mentoring of Male gender equality champions to support gender equality work in We Effect partner organizations.
  • Commemorate the 16 days of activism to End VAW/G through awareness activities on women’s social rights at district and national level.
  • Organize quarterly radio talk shows to create awareness on women’s rights to land, agribusiness and adequate housing.
  • Document voices of women and youth pertaining increased access to land, agribusiness and adequate housing.


  • 60 Board representatives of 5 member based partner organizations.
  • 240 Staff and active members of partner organizations
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Strengthening Community Participation in Local Governance and Promotion of Women and Girls’ Rights


The project will be implemented for a period of 3 years (2016-2018)


The project is being implemented in Amolatar and Oyam Districts (Lango Sub Region)

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To empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.

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