Project Evaluation & Documentation of Stories of Change for WEPE Project In Kabale, Luwero & Amuria

Background

Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) is a national women’s rights organization established in 1995. FOWODE grew out of the Women’s Caucus of the 1994-1995 Constituent Assembly which debated and passed the 1995 Constitution of Uganda. FOWODE was established to offer a platform for Uganda’s women’s learning, networking, sharing experiences and advocating for gender equality and equity in decision making processes.

In a bid to address contextual barriers to women’s participation in decision making, FOWODE is implementing a 2-year project whose core goal is, “To carry out activities to empower grassroots’ women to mobilize and advocate for a greater voice and inclusion in both formal and community-based political decision-making spaces in Uganda”. The Women’s Economic and Political Empowerment (WEPE) Project is being implemented in Kabale, Luweero and Amuria Districts, covering 6 Sub Counties; Rubaya and Kamuganguzi sub counties in Kabale district; Kalagala and Zirobwe sub counties in Luweero district and Asamuk and Kuju sub counties in Amuria district. The project is working with 30 women’s groups (10 per district), 28 male champions, aspiring women candidates, 4500 citizens, local and national leaders and the media.

The project’s specific objectives are;

  • To protect full economic rights and justice for
  • To expand democratic space; sustain inclusive governance and equal political participation of women.

The WEPE action that commenced in 2017 has registered significant progress in the attainment of women’s rights in the three districts and we would like to conduct a thorough end of term evaluation and document stories of change to inform internal learning and scaling up of similar actions. It is against this background that FOWODE is seeking the services of a capable independent consultant to undertake this assignment in the 3 project districts..............click here to download FULL ADVERT!!!

CALL FOR APPLICATION :Mentoring Women for Transformative Leadership

Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) is a women’s rights national non-partisan organisation 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. Under the Women and Leadership Program (WLP), FOWODE has since 2004 mentored young leaders in Alternative and Transformative Leadership. FOWODE believes in promoting pro-poor and pro-women ideals through which alternative values, visions and leaders can be nurtured and shaped in Uganda. Through her leadership training camps, FOWODE has challenged leaders to advance women’s rights, foster accountable leadership and effectively participate in all aspects of political, economic and social life. Today, FOWODE boasts of a cadre of almost 1000 young leaders who are engaged in various leadership positions in institutions of higher learning, private sector, political leadership and within their communities.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

FOWODE invites applications from WOMEN to participate in a 1 week’s scientific residential leadership building camp in Kampala. To apply for the course, interested applicants must meet the following:

1. Suitable candidates:

  • Must be contesting for a leadership position in the 2021 elections
  • Must a be first time contender (new entrant) or aspiring for a higher position
  • Must have completed UCE, UACE, a diploma or degree.
  • Should have keen interest in promoting social justice and gender equality issues
  • Should be able to effectively communicate in English both written and verbally
  • Computer skills are an added advantage
  • Should be Ugandan.

2. All applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the camp and should include specific information on the applicant’s contact details and email address, her next of kin’s name and contacts, course undertaken and from which tertiary/higher institution as well as the district(s) of origin and residence. This should be addressed to the Programme Officer, Women and Leadership Programme.
  • Academic certificates
  • 1 passport size photograph
  • An essay of not more than 500 words on your vision for women in Uganda.
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3. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Successful candidates must ensure that they will fully be available for the 1-week training. The trainings will be phased in the months of September - November 2020.

NB. Please note that this is not an employment opportunity.

Deadline for submission of applications and essays is 7th August 2020.

All applications MUST be sent to the following address:

Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)

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Peer Facilitator defends her land rights in Luwero

The old adage, ‘charity begins at home’ was brought to life by Skitter Nanteza, a trained Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) peer and Leadership Advisory Desks (LADs) facilitator based in Luwero District, Central Uganda. Armed with trainings on leadership and women’s rights, she single-handedly defended her family land from her conniving relatives and fraudsters.

In January 2020, a group of young men attacked and cut down Nanteza’s entire banana and coffee plantations in the dead of the night. The group later pelted stones at her house while declaring all sorts of profanities.
“Prior to the attack, I had received several threats from distant relatives who had connived with businessmen, some local leaders and the police demanding that I should vacate my family land because they wanted to sell it. They had forged agreements and land titles. Unbeknownst to them, I had all original land ownership documents, well updated and under safe custody which helped me to protect my land,” notes Nanteza

She affirms that the Trainer of Trainers (TOT) on leadership she had attended the previous year project under a project being implemented by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) that aims at women’s economic and political empowerment, came in handy, especially the session on women’s rights in which the FOWODE facilitator had urged the participants to always ensure that they have proper registration and documentation of assets.
“That training granted me self-confidence and courage and I was able to call top police officials in Luwero and the media (NBS Television) who came to my rescue. Four of the people who vandalized my crops and plantation were arrested and later released on police bond though they keep reporting to court, pending prosecution. It’s not yet over, but I am really happy that I set a great example, especially for the women’s groups that I train!” narrated Skitter Nanteza.

‘TOPOWA’ Instilling Confidence in Women

The ‘Topowa’ and ‘Ekyoto’ fireplace village discussions and conversations are steadily achieving success in increasing citizens’ engagement in electoral processes as well as amplifying their voice and agency.
‘Topowa’ literally means do not give up and ‘Ekyoto’ is a fire place. Community members from selected villages converge, hold discussions and strategize on the political and democratic occurances in their communities.
35-year-old Akera Jackline, the female Local Council Three (LC III) Counselor for Oding Parish in Unyama Sub County, Gulu District in northern Uganda, has been ardently attending the ‘Topowa’ discussions is happy to note that they have had a positive impact on her.
“The numerous discussions that I have attended have helped erase all the the fear and phobia I had regarding my ambition to contest for a direct seat and adequately represent my community.”
Akera notes that for a long time she believed the misconception that district seats are only reserved for very highly educated and rich people, especially men who control most the community resources.
“I now realize that what I needed most was information on electoral processes. I now have the courage and confidence and will definitely contest as my area Local Council Five (LCV) Counselor in the forthcoming general elections. This will give an opportunity to another woman to take up my current position.”
A very focused Akera confirms, “I have already started laying and burning bricks to help me raise money for my nomination and campaigns” She is confident that she will have raised about three million Uganda shillings by the time of nominations.
The project is being implemented by FOWODE in partnership with NGO Forum with funding from USAID, under the Strengthening Citizens’ Engagement in Elections Activity which is aimed at whose overall goal is to contribute towards creating a proactive and engaged citizenry actively influencing electoral and political process in Uganda and holding governance institutions accountable.

Unlocking Opportunities for Gender Equality in Uganda

Given the same honour and dignity as to the men, women can build a much better and more harmonious world, but this had never crossed the mind of Amos Byamukama.
Byamukama, a resident of Rwanyana village, in Rubaya Sub County, Kabale district in south western Uganda, had from a young age had a misconception about educating girls because he strongly believed that it was the right and responsibility of men to go school, get good education and jobs to fend for their families and parents.
“I could not recognize girls as being important as boys in my family and with that in mind, I never paid school fees for any of my 3 daughters. I thought that I would earn more from their bride price upon getting married,” reveals Byamukama.
Byamukama only believed that his daughters would later get married into another family and he expected to earn more from them in a form of bride price. He would allow them not to attend school and forced them to go with their mother to the garden, while their brothers received education.
Then something happened that changed Byamukama’s mind.
“The 1st FOWODE male champions outreach that I attended really opened my eyes. The male champions sensitized us about girls’ rights and emphasized the importance of education, giving examples of Hon. Winnie Byanyima and Parliament Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga. This year, I have enrolled all my daughters back to school,” shared Byamukama.
Byamukama’s daughters are now happily back in school and performing with good grades. He reveals that he now puts emphasis on his daughters’ education by providing all the necessary scholastic materials and he is hopeful that they will grow into women of substance and have a good impact on the development of Uganda.
Byamukama’s turn around was as a result of a project being implemented by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) that aims at women’s economic and political empowerment.