CSOs Task Ministry of Gender on Better Policies to Promote Social Justice and a GBV Free Society: Generation Gender

The Generation Gender Uganda consortium partners; CEHURD, FIDA and Reach a Hand Uganda convened for a Policy Dialogue Meeting with officials from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to present and discuss key issues and strategies on laws and policies that address Gender injustices.

The Generation Gender project is a five year program that seeks to see an inclusive society, understanding the different aspects of equality and equity to achieve  Gender justice. It strives to create a gender-just and violence-free society with and for young people in their full diversity.

Amuron Ruth from CEHURD

Speaking at the Dialogue, Amuron Ruth from CEHURD noted that from the Generation Gender baseline study, one of the key challenges highlighted, was the knowledge gap on the different policies and laws that govern gender related issues in society. The need to create awareness on the gender legal framework always popped up.”

Kyateka Francis Mondo the Assistant Commissioner for Youths, said that as much as a lot has been done in terms of achieving gender justice and equality, there is still a lot that remains to be done.

“We need to continue fighting cultural stereotypes and other  issues that affect gender justice.

Our sector deals with human beings and at all costs, we must ensure inclusion for all. There is no business better than talking about issues that affect our people,” Mondo noted.

Monday K. Francis speaking at the Dialogue

Mondo also pledged that by end of this year, we will have the national family policy in place, “These policies are ours and not for the government or the ministry. Nobody should be left behind as we make or reshape them,” he added.

Speaking at the Dialogue, James Tumusiime the Country Director of Reach a Hand Uganda noted that the Generation Gender space is one where we speak up about gender justice, equality and inclusivity.

James Tumusiime, Country Director RAHU speaking at the Dialogue

“Among the young population, SRHR issues have always come up in conversations on gender justice. This is why we’ve placed SRHR at the bedrock of our interventions,” James added.

CEHURD’s Nakibuuka Noor speaking at the Dialogue

CEHURD’s Nakibuuka Noor said that it is difficult to advance gender rights where district structures or human resource are not facilitated & capacitated to appreciate the existing laws and policies. To bridge this gap, under the #GenerationGender, we will focus on joint implementation with Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

The Generation Gender partnership program aims to raise public support, advocate for improved policies and laws, and strengthen civil society focusing specifically on gender-based violence, and unequal division of care and women’s lack of access to civic space as a way to contribute to gender justice. The baseline study will target national level stake holders and seven districts including; Namutumba, Iganga, Kapchorwa, Kween, Bukwo, Amuru and Kitgum.