The Dept Of Women & Gender Studies organized and held a Public Lecture presented by the Director Norad Dr. Ragnhild Dybdahl on “Women, Peace and Security; Aglobal Knowledge Challenge?” and there after officially launched a Gender, Peace, Diversity and rights Project.

The function was held at the Department Premises in Lecture Room 2 on Thursday October 2010 from 1:00pm-2:30pm.

The gathering attracted many people who included the Academic Registrar Makerere University, The Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, The Head of Department, Women and Gender Studies, Prof Grace Bantebya from the Dept. Of Women and Gender studies and other department members; Dr. Paul Bukuluki and Ms Agatha Kafuko Represented the SWSA Dept., Mr. Anthony Mugere represented the Dept. of Sociology, and The Faculty Dean Dr. Charles N Bwana represented the Dept. of Political Science. Members from ICT secretaries, accounts, and other officers plus students also attended.

Dr. Sarah Ssali led the gathering very well, the presenter managed to give a successful lecture, The Dean Faculty of Social Sciences thanked Norad for the great support given to the Department, The Academic registrar also commended Norad for the big support given to the entire University community. The head of Dept DWGS Also thanked Norad for Constructing the Department premises and requested Norad to continue the support. Dr. Okiria who happens to lead the project also played her part to launch the project.

Details of the Project are given bellow.

The Project
The regional institute of gender peace diversity and Rights (RIG/DPR) is a five year project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and implemented through a partnership between Addis Ababa university (AAU) in Ethiopia, Ahfad university for women (AUW) in Sudan and Makerere university (MAK) in Uganda. The project is an innovative initiative that involves a partnership close collaboration and sharing of experiences, research technique and research results between three Universities in East Africa with technical and financial support from the Norwegian Agency for development cooperation (Norad)

The project was developed in view of the conflict in Africa, especially the situation in East Africa countries and its impacts on women. Although almost everyone in the region was affected by these conflicts and their devastating consequence on lives and livelihoods, women in particular have been gravely affected through disempowerment, displacement and disenchantment.

The goal of the project
The overall goal of the project is to contribute in creating a society where women and men are viewed and treated equally and are fully respected; regardless of their gender, ethnicity or social economic and political background: and create conditions in which all live in peace, dignity and their rights protected and respected in a society free from all forms of abuse and violation.

Purpose of the project.
The purpose of the project is to build the capacities of the regional institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Right (RIG/DPR) and all the partner Universities to promote knowledge, networking and excahnce of experience within the region for directing policy, enhancing advocacy dialogue, indigenous curriculum development and activism on gender related issues, peace , respect for diversities and human rights.

Project Activities
The project has a number of diverse but interconnected activities that run in each of the three partner universities through the five year lifetime of the project.

The following are the main activities of the project:
Assist in the transformation of the institute of women, gender and development studies at UW into a Regional institute for gender, diversity, peace and rights (RIG/DPR) Develop new master’s degree programme/courses in AUW. Provide scholarships for regional and national post graduate students.
Provide scholarship for PhD students from the region. PhD students will also have a chance for an exchange visit of up to three months either within the region or to suitable university in Norway. Build the institution capacity of the partner universities.Conduct civic education activities at RIG/DPR and partner universities.

Other Collaborations of DWGS with NORAD
NORAD has supported the Department of Women and Gender studies through research and infrastructure. In 2002 they acquired a new home (building) housing offices, lecture rooms and a local bank.

There are two other NORAD supported programmes where the department of Women and Gender studies is a beneficiary:
NUFU: This is a North to South collaboration (New Bilateral Cooperation Project), between Makerere University Department Of Women and Gender studies, University of Tromso, Center for Women and Gender research Norway and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

NUFU is a multi-disciplinary collaborative research and education project aimed at building capacity of staff through gender focused research and policy analysis on issues of poverty and social transformation in Uganda. It is comprised of 8 research projects 4 for senior members of staff and 4 for PhD students.
NORAD Capacity Building Project: Members of the department have benefited from NORAD multidisciplinary research grant to Makerere University under the theme of good governance and gender Mainstreaming. Up to date there are over 8 members of staff that have benefitted from the grant. Through Dissemination seminars research efforts are building together Researchers, Civil society organizations, Local Governments and policy makers to focus on development issues.

The Partners and Contact details.

The Norwegian Agency for Development co-operation (Norad) is the funding partner for this project; It also provides technical support and guidance for the project. Norad can be reached and the following contact details:
The Norwegian Agency for development cooperation (Norad) Ruselokkvein 26,0251 Oslo,

Postal address: Pb 8034 Dep,0030 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: +4722242030

Website: http:/www.nora

RIG/DPR institute is part of the Ahfad University for women in Omudurman, Khartoum state, Sudan and can be reached at the following contact Detail: RIG/DPR, Ahad University for women,
P.O.Box 167, Omdurman, Khartoum

Telephone: +249187573517

Fax: +249 187579111


Addis Ababa University is represented by the institute of gender Studies, which can be reached at te following contact details:
The Institute of Gender Studies (IGS), Addis Ababa University,

P.O.BOX 1176,
International Leadership institute Building,

2nd Floor
Te: 251-111-23-98-47

Makerere University is represented by the Department of Women and Gender Studies, which can be reached at the following contact details:
Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University

Plot 45, pool road, Opposite Makerere University swimming pool

P.O. Box 7062 Kampala Uganda

Tel: 256-041-531484, Fax: 256-041-543539

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