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Making Uganda a Better Place for Refugee Women and Girls

Uganda is currently reviewing the National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 1820 and the Goma declaration. NAP 2 was aligned with the 2010/11-2014/2015 National Development Plan and resulted in several achievements for women in the areas of prevention and protection from sexual and gender based violence, participation, relief and reconstruction. As NAP 3 is being developed, there is a clear need to address gaps identified during implementation of NAP 2, align with NDP 11, the 2030 agenda, Vision 2040 and the changing context.

 

Uganda currently hosts over 500,000 from conflict-affected South Sudan, DRC, Burundi, Somalia and others. Refugee women and girls are a key demographic as conflict and forced displacement increases their vulnerability to sexual violence, exploitation, discrimination and limited access to adequate protection, justice, and substantive representation. With the recent influx of South Sudanese refugees, 90% of whom are women and (often unaccompanied) children under the age of 18, NAP 3 presents a valuable opportunity to address their specific conflict needs.

 

Objectives and Expected Outcome

Our round table discussion seeks to;

  • Facilitate dialogue on the gender-specific experiences and needs or challenges of South Sudanese refugee women and girls in Uganda.
  • Generate recommendations for ensuring that refugee women and girls’ gender-specific needs are prioritised and addressed in national implementation of UNSCR 1325, especially the aged, those with disabilities and child household heads.

 

We also launch a book highlighting African Women in Post-Liberation and Post-Conflict Political Leadership Sheroes of Africa’s Political Movement featuring Uganda and Zimbabwe’s Hon Margaret Dongo, Captain Gertrude Njuba, Hon Jesse Majome and Hon Alice Alaso

 

*Join us to celebrate women making a difference by tweeting about a female hero using the hashtag #MyShero and tagging @IsisWICCE

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