WPHF, in partnership with the Spotlight Initiative, is supporting women in Uganda to contribute to peace by financing a range of local CSO projects to end gender-based violence, promote women’s rights and advance gender equality in conflict settings.
In Uganda, the WPHF and Spotlight Initiative partnership is channeling urgently-needed financing to grassroots women’s organizations working to end violence against women and promote human rights and gender equality in peace and security contexts. We’re supporting local actors working to protect the safety, security and fundamental rights of women and girls.
WPHF is actively supporting nine women-led and women’s rights civil-society organizations in Uganda:
- 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.
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.