RFPJ Launches the Women And Youth Agendas In Kabarole And Kamwenge Districts On December 21st And 22nd 2015 Respectively

Youth in Burahya County Kabarole district participating in a county youth meeting to aggregate youth needs and interests

Youth in Burahya County Kabarole district participating in a county youth meeting to aggregate youth needs and interests

Women and Youth in Governance and Development Project; In February 2015, Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) with support from Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF) in partnership with National Democratic Institute (NDI) embarked on a one year Women and Youth in Governance and Development Project. The project covered the two districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge of Rwenzori region funded by the United States Agency for International Development through the Political Competition and Consensus Building Program.

The principal aim of this project was to aggregate needs and interests of women and the youth in Kabarole and Kamwenge districts and use aggregated information to develop a women agenda and a youth agenda for Kabarole and Kamwenge districts (2016-2021). In the aggregation of needs and interests of women, RFPJ conducted several multi-stakeholder meetings with women and youth, women and youth leaders and groups, civil society organizations, civil servants, political parties and political leaders at village, sub county and district levels.  Consultations took forms of interviews, filling of questionnaires, conducting focus group discussions and peer-reviewing of the agenda. The extensive consultative process from village to district level enhanced the legitimacy and local ownership of the final products of women and youth agendas.

Needs and interests of women were aggregated under four pillars namely; 1) Governance and leadership; 2) service delivery that included health, education and agriculture; 3) budgeting and budgeting processes and; 4) peace and human rights. On the other hand, needs and interests of youth were aggregated under six sections namely; 1) Governance and leadership; 2) Youth and health; 3) Youth and education; 4) Youth and development; 5) Youth in budgeting and budgeting processes and; 6) Youth, peace and human rights. Each pillar of the women agenda and section of the youth agenda makes specific contextual analysis and proposes short-term and long-term desired changes.

Why the women and youth agendas? These agendas constitute minimum advocacy packages for furthering needs and interests of women and youth in governance and development. Overall, these agendas expose levels of women and youth disenfranchisement in governance and development processes and document firsthand, recommendations on how to ameliorate this disfranchisement. The agendas provide detailed and district-specific women and youth needs and interests to guide evidence-based advocacy interventions by different stakeholders to further the cause of women and the youth, both during and after the 2016 national elections.

 Launching the women and youth agendas; Final products of the women and youth agendas were simultaneously launched in Kabarole and Kamwenge districts on December 21st and 22nd 2015 respectively. Sub county and district women and youth councils, civil servants, the media and a cross section of district and sub county political leaders and civil society organizations attended the launching events. These launching events enabled women and youth councils to popularize the contents of these agendas. Importantly, stakeholders attending these events committed themselves to implementing these agendas and proposed ways of furthering this implementation. Proposed ways include;

  • Sub county and district councils further discussing these agendas and generating more action points.
  • The media, women and youth councils further popularizing these agendas on various leadership platforms.
  • Women and youth leaders at sub county and district levels forming leadership caucuses to further the implementation of these agendas.
  • CSOs building the capacity of women and youth leaders to advocate for women and youth needs and interests embedded in these agendas.
  • CSOs expanding these agendas to cover all the seven districts of the Rwenzori region.
  • CSOs, women and youth leaders building synergies with national women and youth organizations and other actors for learning purposes and support in implementing these agendas.

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