1 The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) launched its Strategic Note for the period 2022-2025 at a high-level event held at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.
3 The purpose of the launch was to raise awareness of the new UN Women Strategy Note and the work in Uganda, to provide space for existing government partners, development partners, the private sector and civil society to engage with the Strategy Note and guarantee your purchase. and attract new donors and potential partners for the achievement of the priority areas.
4 The plan is aligned with the Guidance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), the National Development Plan III and establishes six specific results that the Country Office will work on in the next 4 years, which include ;
6 2. Women’s rights, peace and security with a gender perspective
7 3. Women have increased productivity, income and access to resources
8 4. Vulnerable women have the capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and disaster reduction
9 5. Women and girls enjoy quality basic social and protection services
10 6. Gender equality and women’s rights fulfilled in a culturally responsive environment
11 The Strategy Note was launched by the Minister of State in charge of Gender and Culture, Honorable Peace Mutuzo, who commended UN Women for the achievements made during the previous cycle of the Strategy Note.
12 “As a country, we have made tremendous progress in empowering women and tackling gender inequality, such as increasing women in key positions in government with 34% representation in parliament, to having a female vice president, president of the parliament and prime minister.
13 “Through government programs such as the youth livelihood program and the parish development model, the government aims to promote women’s empowerment and address gender inequality.
14 We also intend to involve women in the planning and implementation of programs that will generate economic prosperity,” he added.
15 Hon Peace concluded by acknowledging UN Women and all development partners including the Government of Sweden, the Government of Norway, the Government of Austria and the European Union for core financial support and partnership in addressing gender issues in the country. .
16 “We are proud to be a central UN partner in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda,” said Swedish Ambassador to Uganda HE Maria Håkansson.
17 She further mentioned that the achievements obtained with the support of the Government of Sweden can be seen and felt, “and we congratulate UN Women and we warmly congratulate the entire team for launching this important plan.”
18 The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda, HE Susan Namondo, noted that Uganda has made significant progress in empowering women, including the current Ugandan cabinet, which has 46% female representation, but denounced the persistent existence of violence against women.
19 “We cannot achieve the sustainable development we dream of without the empowerment of women. Advancing women’s empowerment has been a catalyst for the UN to advance its mandate and the elimination of gender-based violence is a key flagship area in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework,” she said. .
20 The launch provided an opportunity for in-depth discussions on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on progress made regarding women’s empowerment and gender inequality and it was agreed that the pandemic exacerbated the challenges.
21 “Globally, there are 24% more women between the ages of 25 and 35 living in total poverty than men due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sarah Hendrik, Director of the Policy, Program and Intergovernmental Division. of UN Women.
22 The Strategy Note was developed in consultation with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including the United Nations, government, development partners, the private sector, academia, research agencies, and civil society organizations. It will allow the country office to consolidate the achievements of the last cycle (2016-2021), while improving and addressing emerging challenges in Uganda, such as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality and women’s empowerment. women.
23 Ms. Ali Maka wins the opportunity for a two-month photography internship with UN Women Uganda by winning the photo contest.
24 At the same event, Ms. Ali Maka received a two-month internship opportunity at UN Women in Uganda for emerging as the best in a photo contest organized under the theme “We Empower” that describes the ways in which women women are making use of opportunities to empower themselves and other women.
25 Her photo showed a female community leader who was caught and couldn’t make it to a meeting on time. To meet that challenge, she rode a motorcycle to the meeting place, an act that is not common in Uganda and she took everyone in attendance by surprise.
26 This caught Maka’s eye, and she requested to take a photo of the lady, and as they say, the rest is history.
27 Maka won a photography internship at UN Women and will have the opportunity to showcase her skills and contribute to the country office communications department with photos that tell the human story and amplify UN Women’s work on the ground to promote equality. gender and empowerment of women.