The WPHF will emphasize awareness raising on the important role of women in conflict resolution and prevention, while training women mediators in Uganda with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to engage in conflict prevention and resolution interventions.
The Added Value of the WPHF
In Uganda, the WPHF aims to empower CSOs to facilitate the creation of an enabling environment that supports favorable attitudes and spaces for women’s participation and leadership.
Uganda is positioned at a crossroads in its sustainable development trajectory. The country’s many peace and security challenges are driven by unaddressed legacies of past conflict and human rights abuses, gaps in transitional justice processes, proliferation of illicit small arms, border disputes, community displacement caused by extractive oil and mineral industries, and violent conflict among political parties after the 2016 general elections. It is essential to ensure that inclusive peace and stability is maintained and potential conflicts are resolved peacefully in order not to undermine the country’s development agenda.
Women’s organizations in Uganda have been active in building peace since the Juba peace process. Local women’s CSOs have consistently advocated for peace—building bridges, seeking consensus and opening communications across factions. Sustainable peace and development in Uganda requires the further empowerment of women and girls to contribute and benefit equally from dividends of sustained peace.
Complementarities & Partnerships
In Uganda, there are strong networks of women CSOs working on WPS initiatives. National and international CSOs are implementing activities such as policy research, policy audits, advocacy for policy and legal reforms, building capacity of local NGOs with a focus on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 and the Goma Declaration, monitoring and building capacity for women’s participation in leadership and decision making, budget advocacy, documentation of experiences, and facilitating the decentralization of the NAP to district and sub-county levels.
Whereas communities are central to and have expressed willingness to lead various peace and security interventions, there remain considerable gaps in their active engagement. The WPHF will help tap into and build upon the work of women’s organizations to further strengthen the capacity of a wide network of Ugandan women on early warning, mediation, negotiation, and advocacy techniques to accelerate the realization of sustainable peace.
In Uganda, the WPHF will specifically focus on:
- The finalization of a gender inclusive and responsive peace policy to ensure coherence of domestic law with international standards and the strengthening of national legal frameworks on issues related to women, peace and security.
- Revising the currently expired Nation Action Plan for 1325 and enhancing the national peace platforms to ensure the coordination of stakeholders and inclusion of the voices, leadership and participation of women CSOs in conflict prevention, resolution and peace building.
$2,000,000 over 2 years