As we come to the end of 2016, it is a good time to look back at the year, to sincerely appreciate your support of our efforts, our achievements and look forward to what we still need to accomplish.
Isis-WICCE has had to adapt to a changing landscape, including new trends in conflict, militarism and fundamentalism that call for a new type of leadership by women. We have faced challenges this year but have also worked together to overcome them and are closing the year stronger and better prepared for the future. With a systems audit underway, we are focused on building systems that match Isis-WICCE’s level of growth. As we continue to grow, we are strengthening existing partnerships and identifying new ones that contribute to our current strategic direction.
This year we have also earned several achievements on behalf of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings. Here are some of this year’s highlights:
- Convened the Women’s Situation Room in Uganda, to mitigate conflict during the presidential and parliamentary elections and mediate inter-party conflict following disputed voting results.
- Launched ‘Sheroes of Africa’s Political Movements’ a book featuring the stories of 4 women involved in the liberation struggles and post-independence governance of Zimbabwe and Uganda.
- Conducted research on the link between economic empowerment through social protection schemes and women’s trauma healing in post-conflict Northern Uganda.
- Trained 22 and reached 218 community members through radio dialogues on trauma management.
- Trained 53 leaders in South Sudan and Northern Uganda to track and respond to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in schools, IDP camps, churches and community dialogues. Institute participants have reached over 550 schoolgirls and boys to discourage child marriage, sexual violence and educate on sexual and reproductive health.
- A significant drop in Aromo sub-county’s SGBV rates after 3 years of training community activists, opinion leaders and pupils in North-eastern Uganda’s Lira to combat violence against women and girls.
- Set up 5 peace and human rights, created ‘talking compounds’ with anti-violence messages and illustrations in Agago district schools.
- Trained 56 women living with HIV/AIDS on farming methods, financial management, women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health.
- Hosted consultations across refugee settlements and a multi-stakeholder roundtable discussion on the situation of South Sudan refugee girls and women to influence policy and humanitarian response.
- Convened a press conference to mark international women human rights defenders’ day, highlighting WHRDS contributions, the gender-specific risks and calling for more protection.
- Advocated for the regional implementation of the ICGLR Kampala Declaration on SGBV; contributed to the review and design of the national action plan on UNSCR 1325; incorporated young women’s voices on peace and security in the African Union’s regional consultations on Agenda 2063; hosted a discussion at the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women on engendering SDG 16 on peace and inclusive societies; facilitated an experience sharing and strategy session during the pre-AU summit GIMAC meeting, to call for a cessation of hostilities and women’s stronger role in the Burundi peace process, among other engagements.
We are grateful for your contribution to these accomplishments and many more. 2017 promises to be an interesting year and we look forward to continuing this journey with you.
Happy holidays from the Isis-WICCE family.