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In her address, Ms Regina Bafaki – the Executive Director ACFODE stretched that the purpose of the meeting was to learn from each other on how successful councils are run (especially in regard to supporting women so that they can be able to be supported in being leaders), to be able to implement the lessons in the different districts and to network and connect with each other. She also explained why the meeting was in Kabarole, sighting that Kabarole district has had among the best local government leadership, according to the ‘scorecard’ project by the Local Government Authority and ACODE.
The objectives of this intervention included; building capacity of relevant stakeholders in lawful by-law development, equipping social actors and sub-county leadership with the knowledge and skills for effective implementation of by-laws including gender-sensitive budgeting, monitoring and moving motions and bills in addition to generating commitment and develop action plans.
According to the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development (MGLSD), Gender based Violence (GBV) undermines the health, dignity, security, mental health and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains hidden in a culture of silence. This largely acceptable practice has far reaching costs including sexual and reproductive health consequences, such as forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Gender Based Violence also leads to loss in productivity and business thus having effects on the household, society and the nation as a whole.
Appreciating that without specific attention to gender inclusiveness, important segments of society are excluded especially women and youth, from the benefits of access to land and other productive resources, ACFODE with financial support from We Effect rolled out a five-year project titled “Enhancing Gender Equality in member-based organisations through Policy Advocacy.” The project aims to enhance capacities of We Effect partners in Uganda to deliver gender responsive services and products to their members (women, men and young people) through capacity building, policy review, learning reflections and peer support, male engagement, strategic engagements and media campaigns.