Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) has since inception been at the forefront of promoting women’s leadership and advancing gender equality in decision making processes. One of our key strategies is the building of strategic partnerships and alliances as we do acknowledge that “together we achieve more”. In this spirit of partnership, FOWODE on Monday 23rd January signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). This relationship is to strengthen the compliance to Gender and Equity as contained in the Public Finance and Management Act (PFMA).
The EOC was set up to give effect to the State’s constitutional mandate to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons on the ground of sex, age, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, health status, social or economic standing, political opinion or disability. The EOC’s function, in brief, is to enforce compliance with legislation, affirmative action and inclusion into programmes and plans by all on the basis of equal opportunities.
On the other hand, we are a women’s rights organization that was established in 1995 to offer a platform for Ugandan women’s learning, networking, sharing experiences and advocating for gender equity and equality in decision making processes. The organization has strategically positioned itself as a champion for women’s rights protection, participation in political decision making and engaging in issues of macro economic governance.Since 1999, FOWODE has specifically been advocating for equitable distribution of resources between women and men and other marginalized groups and we were instrumental in advocating for the certificate of gender and equity in the Public Finance and Management Act.
The MOU that we have signed with the EOC will provide the opportunity to jointly identify, develop and expand areas of cooperation and offer support to each other in order to fulfill our respective mandates especially in the area of the promotion of gender equality across sectors and in the country as a whole. In particular, we are hopeful that our partnership will result into gender equality being at the core of public resource allocation and utilization.