WPHF is supporting women in Uganda to contribute to peace by financing a range of local CSO projects to prevent conflict, end gender-based violence, protect women’s rights and respond to COVID-19 in conflict settings.
In Uganda, the WPHF and Spotlight Initiative partnership is channeling urgently-needed financing to grassroots women’s organizations working to end sexual and gender-based violence against women and promote human rights and gender equality in peace and security contexts.
WPHF is also supporting its local CSO partners to prevent conflict and respond to the threat of the COVID-19 global pandemic with urgently needed institutional and programmatic financing.
WPHF has supported 25 projects implemented by 43 women-led and women’s rights civil-society organizations in Uganda:
WPHF and Spotlight Initiative Partners
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Crisis Settings
- Extend a Life Initiative Uganda on a project to equip child mothers and young women with information on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services in order to reduce cases of child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the sub county.
- Uganda Change Agent Association on a project to strengthen the capacity of women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant civil society organizations to improve women and girls’ safety, security and human rights.
- Umbrella of Hope Initiative on a project to address the contextual issues and work towards the protection and empowerment of women and girls, as well as build the capacity of community based organizations in areas affected by conflict.
- Uganda Women’s Network on a project to empower women leaders in host and refugee communities, promote women’s rights-based organizations’ influence in policy dialogue, and build local women’s movements to sustain humanitarian response and advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.
- Women’s International Peace Centre on a project to strengthen the leadership capacity and influence of local women leaders and women’s groups across refugee settlements and host communities in Adjumani district as well as effectively influence peace building and decision-making processes to advance gender equality in humanitarian settings.
- Slum Aid Project on a project to build coordination structures on Violence Against Women and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (VAW/SRHR) in slums reaching women facing multiple forms of discrimination, including women refugees and women with disabilities.
- Coalition for Action on UNSCR 1325 on a project to build on existing structures and invest in trainings to build local capacity of grassroots CSOs in issues of gender-based violence and peacebuilding.
- Women’s Organisation Network for Human Rights Advocacy on a project to empower vulnerable women through increased access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services and justice in rural areas, and build their capacity to collectively demand their rights in order to end sexual and gender-based violence and eliminate violence against women and girls.
- Teso Omen Women Peace Activists on a project to reduce physical, sexual and psychological violence against indigenous women and girls as well as strengthen multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms to understand, prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence and provide support to survivors.
Other WPHF Partners
- Mothers of Hope (MOPE) on a project to address inter-ethnic conflict around land rights and resource ownership. The project trains women peace ambassadors to enhance their capacity, as well as local men and clan leaders on alternative dispute resolution approaches.
- Kolir Women Development Organisation (KOWDO) on a project to train 200 women on human rights, leadership and conflict prevention and management. These women will become Women Peace Actors intended to serve as a conduit for reporting and referral of early warning signs of conflict and to undertake joint advocacy at the regional level.
- Paradigm for Social Justice & Development (PSD) on a project to avert electoral violence by deploying peace coordinators to mobilize women in seven constituencies. These women will be trained on conflict and violence prevention, early warning systems and response mechanisms, building relationships with council leaders, religious leaders and local police to help build response strategies.
- Gulu Women Economic Development and Globalization (GWED – G) on a project to train a cadre of 40 women mediators and four district peace focal points who can engage in community dialogues in an effort to promote women’s engagement in conflict prevention.
- Women & Rural Development Network (WORUDET) on a project focused on refugee and host communities, aiming to enhance women’s role in conflict prevention processes. The project will undertake partner capacity mapping and power analyses to help inform training and capacity development of 700 leaders to conduct community dialogues and developing an early warning system.
- Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC) on a project to bring women and children with disabilities into conflict prevention mechanisms. Initial activities will focus on creating positive attitudes around the involvement of women with disabilities in conflict resolution and will train participants in early warning systems and reporting, community dialogues and link them with higher level district and sub-county offices.
- SHED on a project to train 45 land rights officials and 8 women land rights monitors to ensure women’s meaningful participation in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
- Rwenzori Forum for Peace & Justice (RFPJ) on a project focusing on electoral conflict and on enabling women to play a more proactive role in its prevention through public awareness campaigns using radio and TV. The project will train 40 women leaders and 20 women’s organizations to work together to report on election-related conflict.
- National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) on a project to support the economic empowerment of women and train 700 women to participate in mediation and dialogue processes and the establishment of local peace committees to undertake conflict resolution activities.
- Baitambogwe Community Healthcare Initiative on a project engaging 2,000 key district stakeholders, including men and religious leaders, and 100 local councilors in a range of activities to improve attitudes around women’s participation in conflict prevention, building capacity for response at the local level and improving linkages with national structures.
- Meeting Point Hoima (MPH) on a project to strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of 12 women’s groups, enabling them to analyze emerging conflicts and identify means of addressing and reporting them. The project will also train 360 peace ambassadors to establish local committees to support dialogue and peace clubs in schools.
- Mid-western Region Anti-corruption Coalition (MIRAC) on a project to train the district land board, area land committees and 50 women’s groups with knowledge on land policies and laws so that they are better able to manage conflict and change attitudes on inheritance, marriage and divorce laws.
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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.
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 communication across factions. Sustainable peace and development in Uganda requires the further empowerment of women and girls to contribute and benefit equally from peace dividends.
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 their capacity to accelerate the realization of sustainable peace.
The envisaged impact of this WPHF and Spotlight partnership investment in Uganda is to foster the effective implementation and localization of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, deepening grassroots women’s contributions to the restoration of peace through tangible results in local CSO efforts to protect human rights and combat sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls.