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Advancing the rights of women survivors of conflict

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The Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP) was developed by the government to consolidate peace and security. Yet it ignores the needs and priorities of women war survivors in Northern Uganda, due to traditional views and beliefs around women’s role in society. The exclusion of women in the PRDP means they don’t have a say in the decisions affecting them.

What are we doing?

We are working with our partner Isis – Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) to ensure women’s needs are addressed in post-conflict reconstruction and government programmes. Isis-WICCE has established the Women’s Task Force, a coalition of women’s rights organisations working together to build support for women’s rights in the PRDP.

With our support, Isis-WICCE is:

  • Strengthening the skills of the Women’s Task Force and women councillors to effectively engage in district planning (Uganda is made up of 111 districts)
  • Lobbying for district plans to take into account women’s rights
  • Working for improved public participation in governance processes

What difference have we made?

  • Following high-level discussions with stakeholders such as the Prime Minister, district leaders and councillors, the Women’s Task Force was invited to the Prime Minister’s office to present the gaps in the implementation of the PRDP. The Women’s Task Force’s suggestions have been taken forward for approval by Parliament

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