Our Leadership Development programs aim to advance the participation, access and voice of women in their communities in post-conflict northern Uganda and other regions, districts and villages where women’s voices have been marginalised.
A unique opportunity exists in post-conflict regions for women to seize the moment, reshaping and rebuilding societies and traditional political order.
Our goal is to create a mechanism to elevate women’s legislative participation thru training initiatives promoting advocacy, activism; creating the space for women to run for elected office, manage campaigns increasing women’s representation at all levels of government.
Access to Justice Initiative – Gulu, Uganda 2013
Justice is the foundation ensuring women become equal participants in decision making, development and their own futures. Without access to justice, women are disenfranchised and disempowered, experiencing violence, abuse and inequality. This initiative demands that women are viewed not as victims but as agents of change for social and economic justice.
To address violence against women, gender bias, inequality and gaps in the justice chain for women, this initiative strives to provide the critical information and resources, enabling women to know their legal and human rights of the justice system.
Goals of Initiative
- Define and address discrimination within the justice system
- Create an action plan; using grassroots organising strategies, exploring formal/ informal mechanisms (hotline, peace huts)
- Ensure government is held accountable for enforcement/ impact of laws- oversight mechanisms
WGEF clients have experienced empowerment, gained leadership skills, understanding of advocacy, legislative participation and policy development. Women in our program are leading in their communities, speaking out on important issues, advocating for women and families, challenging their leaders and community members to do better, moving their communities forward. In 2011, WGEF had 5 clients run for political office, with 3 successfully securing their race. Just four short years ago, WGEF clients were living in IDP camps, are formerly abducted persons, and did not know if they even had a future. Thru relevant and meaningful programs, WGEF has been able to offer women critical knowledge to transform their communities, creating a brighter and more secure future for themselves, their families, region and nation.
- 3 successfully winning regional political office
- 2 women have returned to school enabling them to run for Parliament
- 15 peer counsellors work in their communities, providing counselling, dispute resolution, referrals and support
- Community activists speaking on issues critical to women and families, including education, gender-based violence, land title and property ownership for women, early marriage and gender inequality
- WGEF hosts events where women’s voices are elevated, including a yearly drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon (creating a voice for women)
WGEF believes that women are natural leaders, and when given opportunities and access will be a transformative force for peace, democracy, security and equality.
Our program is robust, and becoming a vital part of the community, offering women economic opportunity and a chance to create a better life for herself and her children. Our location in Gulu and reputation in the community bring in new clients, ideas and possibilities every day.