Goal: Women participating effectively in governance
The participation of women both young and old, in decision making processes is crucial. However traditional prejudices, rising levels of economical, political and cultural fundamentalism, low literacy levels and systematic discrimination greatly affect wome’s effective participation and enjoyment of democratic space in Uganda. Furthermore, the gender stereotyping of women in political parties and the electoral process hinders their acquisition of key leadership positions.
Although women make up 32% of parliament, the ratio of women to men leading in the public sphere does not reflect the population stratum of 52% women. There is also evidence for lack of political will and the “trading off” of women’s issues by political parties and organizations, as well as government. The existing governance structures are highly patriarchal and influencing public policy especially from a gender perspective has become a daunting task for the women legislators.
Uganda’s population is comprised of over 78% under the age of 35years majority of whom are young men and women. Despite their composition in the population stratum, young people especially young women continue to be marginalized in the domestic and public level decision-making processes this situation. The inequalities young women experience on the basis of their gender are even increased with limited interventions to address their issues which calls for mentoring young women to be gender sensitive and hold pro poor values that will enable them influence decisions that transform their lives and their communities.
It is against this background thatFOWODEworks to build the leadership capacities of women to enable them effectively participate in the decision-making processes of this country which will in the long run ensure qualitative change in the agendas of the National and Local Legislators. FOWODE believes that in order to address deeply embedded issues of patriarchy and other leadership challenges, women representatives and male sympathizers at all levels need to be trained to identify and address gender needs in their communities.
FOWODEstrongly believes that young people need to be nurtured into a new generation of leaders who naturally subscribe to principles of gender equality and social justice. These change agents would help influence the rigid structures that have existed for so long.FOWODEannually trains young women and men in leadership so that they become change agents in transforming the institutions in which they will be working.
To build the cadre of women leaders,FOWODE’s Women and Leadership Program focuses on:
- Building a critical mass of young leaders for transformative leadership.
- Enhancing capacities of women for effective campaign management, legislative engagement and gender responsive policy influence.
- Increasing civic competence on constitutionalism, women’s rights, obligations, and entitlements.
- Building bipartisan coalitions to effectively champion gender and women’s rights advocacy.
- Creating a women’s space of incubation, learning, innovation and engagement.
- Advocacy for a gender agenda in legislative and political processes and engendered political systems and structures.
The Government of Uganda has adopted gender responsive budgeting [GRB] as part of its resource allocation process but this is yet to influence fiscal and monetary policy. Furthermore, this policy recognition has neither translated in substantively more financial resources for gender equality nor achieved a more equitable taxation regime. Additionally, gender is not evident in macroeconomic policy targets, strategies and performance indicators.
It is against this background thatFOWODEhas strategically taken a shift to engage in gender and economic policy issues to enable women and men benefit from government economic policies and programmes equitably.
The programme focuses on:
- Advocacy for engendered fiscal policies and budgeting processes
- Enhancing capacities of legislators, government technocrats and CSOs for gender responsive macroeconomic policies.
- Building a critical mass of empowered women and men for improved budget transparency and service delivery.
- Establishment of a knowledge centre of gender and macroeconomics
- Building synergies for collective voice on gender equity and women’s empowerment
- To enhance economic democracy
Goal: An efficient, effective and sustainable organization
The programme will:
- Maintain robust monitoring and evaluation and financial systems
- Strengthen institutional technical capacity
- Enhance knowledge and information management
- Diversify the financial resource base
- Attract and maintain high caliber pr ofessional staff