Gender Equality Project (GEP)

Funders: Democratic Governance Facility (DGF)

Implementers: School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) and University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG)

Project Duration: One Year

Project Synopsis

Background

The Gender Equality Project (GEP) aims to contribute towards upholding gender equality legislation in Uganda through:

  1. Conducting research that informs improvement in gender equality laws and policies,
  2. Strengthening the capacity of civil society actors to propose and advocate for holistic gender equality laws and policies;
  3. Engaging marginalised communities to participate in the discourse on gender related legislative reform.

Uganda has several local and international commitments to gender equality, however, the failure to uphold pro-gender equality legislation is manifest in the socio-economic and political landscape which is underlined by high degrees of inequality of rights, voices and opportunities among diverse social groups. Several gender equality actors still view gender as limited to the differences between women and men. This has led to less inclusive gender laws and policies which do not address differences among women, men, boys, girls and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as well as the constraints of minority communities such as the Batwa. Through a combination of research, knowledge transfer, capacity building and community engagement measures, the GEP will impact on Uganda’s gender equality landscape through: a) research outputs that provide information on what works and what is not working in existing gender equality laws and policies b) strengthened capacity of state and civil society actors to propose and implement holistic gender equality laws and policies and to track results and c) an aggregation of the voices of marginalised groups and presenting them in the gender equality legislative reform discourse. The GEP contributes to cluster 3, i.e., women’s and youth empowerment, with a specific focus on sphere 3.3, i.e., upholding pro-gender equality legislation of the DGF Areas of Intervention (AoIs). The activities will also contribute towards strengthening youth and women participation and representation (DGF AoI 2.4). The GEP will be delivered by the School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) in partnership with the University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG).

Geographic Summary

The GEP has a national focus to impact on the national policy and programme framework for gender equality. Nonetheless, selected project activities will be implemented at the local level in selected districts: Central region: Masaka, Kiboga, Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono; Eastern region: Bugiri, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Busia; Northern Region: Arua, Gulu, Lira, Apac, Adjumani; Western region: Hoima, Kabalore, Kasese, Rubanda, Mbarara.

Project Beneficiaries

This GEP will have 5450 direct beneficiaries including 2625 male, 2825 female, 1253 youth-male, and 1552 youth female. Nonetheless, the knowledge systems and tools developed will be made available to indirect beneficiaries comprising all CSOs working on gender equality legislation, all the women, youth, PWDs and Batwa of Uganda who will benefit from the change of laws. Project activities will target a 50:50 balance of male and female beneficiaries.

The project is coordinated by Associate Prof. Sarah N. Ssali, Principal Investigator