Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time: temperatures are rising, drought and wildfires are occurring more frequently, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. To mitigate this, huge changes at all levels of society, politics and businesses are required. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the […]
Providing greater access and inclusion of women and marginalised groups in formal and informal political participation and facilitating scrutiny of government performance including progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the focus of WFD’s current Inclusive and Accountable Politics programme (2019 – 2021).
Following independence in 1962, governance in Uganda was dominated by a protracted violent conflict and accompanying economic decline which led to stagnating economic growth, high levels of youth unemployment (78%) and imbalanced representation in parliament. Although the new constitution in 1995 brought a new era of democratisation challenges to governance remain. With over three-quarters of the population under 35 years old (83%) and more than half of the same population (51%) comprised of women, it is important that policy development focuses on their advancement which will ultimately lead to development of Uganda.
In spite 71% of Uganda’s population comprising of youth under the age of 35, young people are still often excluded from governance and decision-making spaces. To address this, WFD is working with the Parliament of Uganda and other youth focused groups to support their representation and inclusion in governance and decision-making processes. WFD supports youth representatives and other young MPs in Parliament under the age of 35 (these comprise of 35% of the 10th Parliament to improve their policy and legislative capacity through training and mentorship sessions. Working with Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA), WFD has created platforms for young parliamentarians to engage and advance pro – youth policies, bills and motions on employment and youth inclusion in governance.
With more than half of Uganda’s population comprised of women (51% of the total population), the passing of effective pro gender policies has not been fully achieved. WFD is working with the Parliament of Uganda, and other women focused groups to advocate for quality women representation in Uganda to ensure that the gender issues in the country are addressed. Through UWOPA, WFD supports women MPs who form 35% of the 10% parliament to improve their policy and legislative capacity in Parliament by creating platforms to support and advance pro – women policies, bills and motions
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The COVID19 pandemic has caused devastating disruptions the world over. The impact will continue to be felt by all, albeit in varying degrees. In Uganda, government is unable to squarely deal with the effects; especially for its vulnerable population, including women, girls and persons with disabilities. The emergency measures and realities dawned by the COVID-19 […]
The general principle of equality and non-discrimination is a fundamental element of international human rights law. Creating an enabling environment in which decision-makers and civil society actors can advance equality is important in promoting inclusion in society. Unfortunately, this remains a challenge in many parts of the world. In Uganda, women, girls, and members of the LGBT+ community are […]