1F O R U M 0 F O RWOMEN IN DEMOCRACY FOWODE E-NEWS 4 EUSSI ,2102 HCRAM- YRAUNAJCelebratethe womanin YOU!INSIDE THIS ISSUE Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) is a non-partisan national women’s organization.• Women unite: Untie Uganda.......,...........................3 Uganda....... ........................ ....., .................... Vision: A just and fair society where women and family• Public expenditure tracking for family planning services in Uganda...................................................5 Uganda.. ................................................5 ... ........................... men equally participate in and benefit from decision-making processes.• Civil society checklist for the 2012/13 national budget……....................................... budget……...............................................…………6 ……...................................... Mission: To promote gender equality in all areas of decision-making through advocacy,• Women and Corruption ….....................................7 Corruption ….................................. ............................ training, research, and publications.:koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/FowodeUganda
2 Connecting Girls, Inspiring the future Coconnection “Maria Kiwanuka’s enthusiasm for work, crave for accuracy and belief in success has seen her ascend to almost the highest and most influential office in government-Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Her zeal did not just start a few months ago, it started way back …” The ObserverEach year, International Womens Day(IWD) is celebrated on March 8 around theworld. Countries use this day to mark theeconomic, political and social achievements ofwomen. It is a day when women arerecognized for their achievements regardless ofage, ethnicity, and culture, economic orpolitical differences. For Uganda there is a lotto celebrate and despite the outstanding Maria Kiwanuka attended Gayaza High School, a Her appointment as Uganda’s second Minister forchallenges we need to celebrate the prestigious all-girls boarding high school. She joined Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Mayachievements so far. Makerere University, where she graduated with the degree 2011 caught many by surprise. Different sections of of Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). She later pursued society including the women, business section and theWomen in Uganda are progressively making further education at the London Business School in the politicians all commended her appointment consideringbreakthroughs in fields long considered outside United Kingdom, graduating with the degree of Master of her repute in the business sector. Her appointment wastheir traditional roles. Uganda has had a female Business Administration (MBA). unique in that she is not a politician as many who occupyVice President, Speaker of Parliament and ministerial positions in this country, but rather a technicalMinisters, we also continue to see an increased Kiwanuka was the first woman to run a radio station in person bringing her rich experience from the businessnumber of girls enrolling for education at all Uganda. She started Radio One back in the 90s when world into a Ministry that controls the country’s cashlevels among others. Uganda had only three FM Radios-Radio Sanyu, Capital FM inflow and outflow. and CBS FM. She’s reported to have relentlessly pursued a unique quality and brand for the Radio Station and soThe theme this year is CONNECTING GIRLS, when the station started its operation in 1997; it was theINSPIRING FUTURES which impels us toengage and involve young girls in various “Kiwanuka was the first only one of its kind, many FM stations have come on the market but none match its style and it boasts of 80%development initiatives. It is believed that thereis untapped potential in younger girls andinvolving them in the different developments; woman to run a radio broadcast coverage nationwide. On inception, Radio One was the first FM station to play music off computer, when many played it off CDs. It introduced a talk showwe ensure that the chain of excellence in theadvancement of women’s rights and promotion station in Uganda”. ‘Spectrum’ which is one of the highly valued radio talk shows in the country. Radio One is the first FM Radio toof gender equality is growing and continuing in incorporate online video into its programming to enablegenerations to come. She has a keen interest in gender issues particularly the listeners view and follow the Talks show online. The girl child. Working closely with the government of Radio’s attention to detail has made Radio One and laterNational Celebrations took place in Nebbi Buganda, she has been very supportive through the Akaboozi ku Bbiri (Radio Two) one of the main players indistrict and Government through the Ministry Nnabagereka Foundation in contributing towards proper a now crowded market. Her success in the radio marketof Gender, Labour and Social Development growth and development of the girl child, through draws a lot from her family’s support as well as herused this day to launch a senior citizens teaching them morals and life skills- in an annual extraordinary abilities. It is reported that the mother ofscheme under where older persons of 65 years program dubbed ‘Ekisaakate.’ She also worked with Her two teenage boys is a stickler for high standards andand above (60 in the case of Karamoja) will Royal Highness the Nnabagereka to support the works as hard as it takes to get a job done; taking in longreceive monthly Direct Income Support of Ug Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation. The hours at times.shs 23,000. Initiative which was established at Makerere University in 2001 funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New YorkThis year’s international women’s day coincides aimed at supporting girls from disadvantaged socio- economic backgrounds to access university education “…worked with Her Royalwith 50 years of Uganda’s independence and thus contributing to the increased female enrolment at Highness the Nnabagereka toso FOWODE is profiling Ugandan women who the university.are impacting the lives of others to highlight support girls from disadvantaged *So, just who is Maria Kiwanuka?the journey walked by Ugandan women in their socio-economic backgrounds tosearch for gender equality and justice while atthe same time inspiring the younger women. Maria Kiwanuka is a Ugandan economist, businesswoman. She is the current Minister of Finance in access universityIn this edition, FOWODE presents Maria the Ugandan Cabinet. On account of being a cabinet minister she is an ex-officio member of the Ugandan education thus contributing toKiwanuka and Capt. Olive Kigongo. Parliament. Prior to her current position, she was the the increased female enrolment at Managing Director of Radio One and Radio Two, in Uganda, in which her family owns majority shareholding. the university. She also served as a non-Executive board member on the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Foundation (East In her, the Ministry of Finance has got an expert with a Africa), the Nabagereka Development Trust, Nkumba great amount of hands on experience in economics, University, Uganda Development Bank and Stanbic Bank business, banking and finance. However the challenge Uganda Limited and a member to the Presidential that lies ahead of her as a Finance Minister is to Economic Commission and Presidential Investors endeavour to stabilize the economy. Women also hope for Roundtable. increased financing of gender concerns which will eventually lead to meaningful empowerment of women. :koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/FowodeUganda
3 Connecting Girls, Inspiring the future While with the rebels, I collected food for the fighters, carried guns to the bush and would also join them to hit the enemy installations. The ruling Passing on the baton government started looking for me and I could no longer stay in the village fearing I would be killed; it is then that I told my husband about my connections with the rebels and I left him with the kids. We l lived separate lives until when the war was over. While in the bush, life was not easy; we forgot luxuries like sugar and salt, we used a particular type of leaves as sanitary towels. Although we were officers we found ourselves doing other duties like waswashing, roasting gonja etc… These situations taught me that every woman needs a woman for a best friend, I became Capt. Olive Zizinga is one of the first women to close to the other women with whom we shared join the National Resistance Army (NRA) responsibilities and complemented each other during liberation struggle as a fighter. Her courage these hard times. and tenacity is admired by many and in 2008 city she received an award from the ‘Global African “My children had grown up but they Movement’ for having rendered extra ordinary had suffered a lot while I was service to the nation. away, many had been arrested with FOWODE commemorated the International Women’s Day In 1949 a general strike broke out. It was called ‘war e their father because of me.” fa by holding a half day dialogue with young women leaders during the women’s day P Publicity week. number eight’. Workers who were demanding higher salaries stopped everyone from going to work There are times when I badly wanted to return to my T family because I felt I could not endure any more The dialogue on Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures iring including those bringing food stuff to town. Whether it aimed at creating space for FOWODE young leaders’ was a bicycle repair or anything else, everything came suffering. We could walk long distances nonstop for a suffering e day or two sometimes without food or water. I alumni and other youth to share knowledge on challenges to a standstill. There were some who insisted on ere and opportunities for women in Uganda and how the selling their farm products, such as milk, we the remember this one-time when I felt so thirsty and one time colleagues gave me kwete ‘local brew’ to quench my youth can engage in the development processes. During children were told to pour it and we did. the dialogue Rhoda Kalema well known for her struggles dialogue, thirst, another incident was when one morning I woke up to find a big snake had peeled its skin from in gender equality and women’s empowerment and Helena In the same year another civil riot called “number under my bed. These and many more are the hard Okiring a youth and women activist shared with the young nine” broke out. Number nine was for farmers who times we faced in the bush that made me wish to women their experiences in promoting gender equality and were growing coffee and cotton. They wanted to return to the comforts of my home and made me cry. women’s empowerment They interacted mainly on how to empowerment. process their crops and set their own prices. When the I remember hiding with Gertrude Njuba to cry engage in the promotion of women’s rights and how to farmers went on strike, the army, known as King because we wanted to go home and when we actively participate in activities that promote democracy African Rifles was brought from Jinja to quell it. The returned we were summoned to explain why we were and human rights. strikers went burning houses and got us children crying but even then, we were never allowed to go involved as well. We started setti setting ablaze the houses home. This dialogue was graced by Hon. Miria Matembe of big chiefs…these and more are some of the influences that shaped my life”. The Rising Tide When we eventually captured Katonga, governor governors were appointed to control and administer the war So who is Olive Zizinga? zones, it’s at this time that I was also appointed zones Women unite: Untie Uganda advisor to ‘Mzee’ Museveni. Soon after we took over I got married in 1953 to Mr. Zizinga at the age of Kampala and I finally met my family again. I was 17years and had ten children. Although 17 seems delighted to see my husband who had waited for me young, to me it was the best option considering that e all that time. My children had grown up but they had pursuing my education had become a bit of a suffered a lot while I was away, many had been problem. When I completed primary four my aunt arrested with their father because of me. who was paying school fees took me back to my parents claiming I was naughty and could no longer be My saddest moments include losing our six children in managed. My parents to took me to Ndejje 1980, our 26 year old son was killed on Kyagwe Demonstration School but I soon dropped out because Road, in 1982 our second child was arrested and of the distance (7 miles) I had to cover daily. My uncle killed in Bombo Army Barracks, in 1986 o third son our later paid fees for me at Mukono Bishops School and was killed in Makindye where he had been Makin e due to financial difficulties he could not continue his commanding National Resistance Army forces, the support towards my Education. ation. fourth child died at the age of 34, the fifth died of Aids at the age of 31 and the last born died later. “… when Museveni and his team I was sworn in as member of the National Resistance started their struggle in the 80s I Council and became Honorable. Captain Zizinga. With this new accolade, I could not do certain things at voluntarily joined them and got home and this caused some misunderstandings with involved in rebel activities activities…” my husband who thought I was disrespecting him As part of the commemoration of International Women’s In the 1950s I joined the movement of Kamya when and abandoning my duties at home. I was later Day, the women’s movement under its campaign he rallied us not to buy things from Indians. In 1962 I appointed as a Senior Presidential Advisor but time WOMEN UNITE: UNTIE UGANDA mobilized women to joined another force that was meant to fight for the came when I could not meet the President and it show their solidarity with mothers whose c children are Kabaka, though we were not successful. We took dawned on me that the rank of Hon. Capt and the suffering from the nodding disease syndrome by tying pangas, knives, sticks and even cassa cassava stems and post of Advisor were in theory and not in practice. I themselves to trees for 30 minutes. Women also took this . walked towards Mengo to fight for the Kabaka only to was eventually laid-off and left government because I laid off opportunity to condemn government’s failure to be disbanded around Matugga when one of our didn’t have the senior six academic qualification. adequately address the nodding disease problem which colleagues grabbed a soldier and instead of helping has reportedly claimed the lives of over 200 children in of My role in these struggles which I started engaging in Pader, Kitgum and Lamwo districts. er, him we ran away fearing that government soldiers as a child is unimaginable; I endured the harsh would shoot us if they found us. conditions of the bush war and this sacrifice earned According to experts, the cause of nodding disease which odding me and other women trust among the male When Museveni and his team started their struggle in eni is mostly common among children and adolescents aged counterparts. It was also an opening for other the 80s I voluntarily joined them and got involved in between 10 and 19 years is still unknown. Ugandan women to be recognized as somewhat rebel activities without my husband’s knowledge. equal contributors to the developm development of their country.:koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/Fowod wodeUganda
4 …and then I knew I was a Woman!Right from the edge of my creation, I thought this is howI would be, and yes this is how I am. I was born a womanand a woman I will be. Throughout my infancy, I battledwith thoughts of who I was as a girl, what woman I wouldgrow into and what kind of woman I would later be. I wastold, there was a woman that God did not create, Living only as women but in a male headed household.deterring the natural instincts that refer to my sexuality to Society hails our late father; the head of the family. Whenthe artificial roles. This woman was the model in society, I send money home society still thanks ‘Salongo’ whoaccepted by several, a woman who set standards for what educated me. Dead or Alive, he Salongo still feeds thekind of woman I was to be. family! Are we really far from where we started from, are weYes I grew up as a principled young girl, groomed in a moving miles? Is gender equality a myth in yourhome of 7 girls and 5 boys. The natural woman in me Ihated it that my brother has home or a reality? Sure something is being done likestarted growing into the ‘real’ woman; predesigned by getting educated, joining of decision makingsociety. I made the fibred dolls and played mother in our to give me away for positions, economic empowerment, but a lot morechildhood games, I can’t forget the ‘tantantala’ song in needs to be done as this ascribes to only a fewdepiction that marriage was the epitome of a woman’s life. marriage? Why not my women, several especially at the grassroots level stillIf I missed being the bride in that game, bowls of tearsflowed from my eyes. I never knew what this meant. No, I mother, because she bore the pain face the intensity of the gender imbalances.never! Well, how could I know unless I was told! I never questioned why even my younger brothers Oppression is now manifesting itself in a secondary couldn’t kneel for mother, yet it was a must for the girl form. Through rape, human trafficking, corruption,At the ages of innocence, I knew that a woman was to child. Did I ever see any of my brothers in the kitchen! My poverty, defilement, insecurity, the incest, domestictake care of the man, the children, animals, and the home mind can’t trace that scene. Wow! I thought I had come violence, should I also say the Child sacrifices?alike! Perhaps that is what she was created for. I saw into a better world, now I knew we were two differentmother do the triple roles. Yes, she produced, dug, cooked human beings not only in spelling of the nomenclature but I mean, who is affected most? It is still I the womanand went to the market not mentioning taking the water in every sense of woman being different from man. that I was; I am and will forever be. As we celebrateto the bathroom for father to bathe. Society brought to me several normalized injustices as Women’s Day, woman, measure your success realities that accrued to being feminine. I witnessed the according to the miles you have moved in reality,For that purpose, she was a professional housewife, the power controls at home which manifested sometimes in start with your own home, are you enforcinghome was her confinement. Society taught me how to the fights we had with our brothers, they played the patriarchy? Girls, women, mothers, wives, sisters,walk on knee bows as I grew up, together with my security role and they had the right to give the girls away aunties, dear grannies and of course the men outbrothers, we moved on in this action for respect, only to in marriage in exchange for a cock! there, lets connect for the better of all the women inbe surprised, at a certain age, they stopped, while I Uganda. To the men, I know you like making womencontinued. I was so grieved at the traumatic situation my I hated it that my brother has to give me away for marriage? Why not my mother, who bore the pain of happy, one statement for you. The only way you canfamily had to go through under the auspices of society. I make a woman happy is to observe, defend andwanted to strangle this person called society. Because of bringing me into life, little did I know that on that day, she does not even appear any where before the guests! Sshh! protect her rights, together, we can movethe same person, I heard the woes in the parents’ bed MOUNTAINS!room, several times mother packed her bags to head for I was shut down in a whisper, ‘Don’t you know thather parents, but society said “NO! You can’t do that, you children belong to the MAN?’ Of course, the head of the family, he was in and out of home. At the age of 12 I saw Happy Women’s Dayare a married woman, you belong to the man, how willsociety regard you?” The anger that grilled in the marital father heading 2 families and we used to say; Father is a real man, he controls the family even when he is miles By Juliet Luutuhome spilled over to the children until only the daughterswho measured up to the required strength for survival away!remained.:koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/FowodeUganda
5 Parliamentary Gender Champions lobby for a gender and equity monitoring unit Gender champions within Parliament are plotting to push for the establishment of within a ‘Gender Monitoring Unit’ within parliament which will be mandated to check ill for adherence of the various government sectors to Ministry of Finance’s Budget Call Circular directive on gender and equity budgeting. Working hand in hand with the Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association, the Parliamentary Budget Office, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the Forum for Women in Democracy, the Members of Parliament want this Democracy, unit to be established as an independent body that will play an advisory role to the various parliamentary committees when auditing the compliance of the different sectors to the budget call circular gender directive. It will also be responsible for recommendin to the Equal Opportunities Commission which recommending sectors would be befitting to receive the ‘Gender equity Certificate of Compliance’ quity in a given time frame. “…every government institution or government sector will be required to present the Gender equity Certificate before its plan, budget, policy statement, bill or loans are approved...” In a move to ensure that government meets its gender equality objectives, every government institution or sector will be required to present the Certificate of institution Gender and Equity before its plan, budget, policy statement, bill or loans are approved by Parliament. “For the first time gender accountability is going to be taken seriously,” stated Hon. Rosemary Nyakikogoro. Rosemary It is yet to be decided where the unit will be housed, but it was proposed for it to be initially established as a department within the Parliamentary Budget Office while members with the support of the Speaker of Parliament continue to work out arrangements of having a fully fledged and independent unit within the Parliamentary Structure as is the case with the Parliamentary Budget Office which was established through the Budget Act 2001 2001. A select committee has been constituted to develop guidelines and specific Terms develop of Reference for the Gender Monitoring Unit detailing the functions of this unit and its operational framework. This committee was also tasked to develop the Gender and equity checklist that would guide the parliamentarians when checking for compliance to the gender directive for the Financial Year 2012/13. Given her proficiency in gender analysis and gender budgeting, Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), was co-opted on this committee to provide technical opted to guidance in this process. Ms. Patricia Munabi Babiiha, the Executive Director, FOWODE, voiced her support ,eht fo eno awbapM haraS ..noH dna EDOWOF rottceriiD eviittucexE ehtt ibanuM aicirtaP h ar a S n o H d n a E D O W O F r o c er D e v u c e x E e h towards this initiative which makes gender budgeting a reality in Uganda. owards .gnidnetta snoiipmahc redneg yratnemailraP sno p m ahc red Public expenditure tracking for family planning services in Uganda In 2011, FOWODE began examin examining the extent to which funds for It was also discovered that whereas Donors procure commodities safe motherhood especially Family Planning Services have been and contract the National Medical Store to distribute to all health utilized and whether there are any leakages in distribution of ny units in the country. Ministr of Finance disburses funds to the Ministry family planning drugs and materials. While applying the Public amily national medical stores to purchase, store and distribute family Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) methodology, FOWODE planning materials to all health units in the country. tracked the flow of family planning funds/commodities from Uganda’s Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Funds for promoting consumption of family planning services at Development to the Ministry of Health, National Medical Stores lower health unit levels are part of the general PHC non wage (NMS) and to the Health Center IVs and Health Center IIIs in the IIIs grant that is released quarterly to health units 5 selected districts. The flow of family planning commodities is not consistent in some low consistent In total 20 Health Center IIIs and 10 Health Center IVs were health units for example, Health Centre IIIs are supplied a randomly but proportionately selected in Luwero, Kabale, Kibaale, standard kit of materials every two months which may not Gulu and Kibuku and data was gathered to ascertain the amounts necessarily meet the needs of users in a particular community community. of funds allocated for family plplanning services. To discover the nature and efficacy of criteria used to allocate, disburse and The assessment also observed, laxity in record keeping of family ecord account for funds released for Family Planning services and also planning and deliveries by National Medical Stores and the health to determine the levels of re allocations, diversions and/or The assessment revealed that in relation to re-allocations, centers making it hard to accurately account for these leakages (if any) of funds allocated to the different budget lines the transfer of Funds from the Central allocated ransfer commodities on monthly, quarterly, bi annual, annual basis. odities bi-annual, for family planning services. Level to the Health Units, Donors vel There was also serious under utilization of family planning contributed much more than what the services at health centers with condoms being the most used Central Government contributes contributes, for family planning method method. USD 923,440 “…FY 2010/11 allocated was example for the financial year 2010/11 USD 923,440 was allocated by the Ministry of FOWODE intends to engage with government and other key bygovernment USD 9,213,952 and was Finance Planning through the National stakeholder to address the key findings of this assessment and to Medical Stores and USD 9,213,9 9,213,952 was do this systematically an advocacy strategy has been developed allocated donors family planning by for allocated by donors including UNFPA, to effectively lobby for improved financing and management of reproductive health services in Uganda. services" USAID and DFID. :koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/Fowod wodeUganda
Civil society checklist for the 2012/13 national budget 6 Members of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy as well as the demarcation of Group a loose coalition that advocates for pro government land. poor and gender sensitive budgets in Uganda developed a checklist to guide Members of The civil society organizations also proposed that Ministry of works needs to Parliamentarian when critiquing the National give a status report about all roads it Budget for the next financial year. committed to construct in the previous financial year and its plan for constructing Recognizing that Parliament is mandated to community access roads. ensure that spending decisions are in line with national priorities, the budget advocacy It was also stressed that Parliament should group believes that this checklist will guide request the responsible sectors to give a parliament in ensuring that gender and pro- status update on the implementation of the poor concerns are incorporated into the various policies and plans including the national budget priorities for the upcoming National Action Plan for Women, the financial year 2012/13. Information Communication and Technology Policy, the Labour Act as well as progress on Priority areas in Health, Education, amending the Succession Act to be gender Agriculture, Information Communication and sensitive and the development of guidelines Technology, Trade, Water and Sanitation, for the operationalisation of the Trafficking in Lands, social development and macro Persons Act. economics were identified and some of the emerging issues included the declining Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group believes According to Julius Mukunda, the Senior budgetary allocations to the water sector yet that this checklist will guide parliament in ensuring that gender Program Director Forum for Women in access to clean and safe water especially in Democracy, once finalized, the checklist will the rural areas is still lacking. and pro- poor concerns are incorporated into the be submitted to parliament so that the national budget priorities for the upcoming financial parliamentary committees study the raised Other issues included, government ministries year 2012/13. issues and present them to the specific to report on measures designed to improve on measures of mitigating climate change and its effects on sectors during the budgetary review process. pay and welfare of teachers and health workers, Ministry of education to clarify on agriculture. It was further proposed that Ministry of health needs the planned scrapping of the Universal to explain inconsistencies in demand and supply of drugs by Primary Education program in urban schools National medical stores while Ministry of lands needs to give a and ministry of agriculture to report on status update on compensation of land owners in the oil rich areas Women councilors trained in effective legislative engagement “…I have become more aware of what authority I possess and what my responsibilities are as a Councilor. I had not been oriented on my roles since I was elected Councilor.” The Councilors discussed and agreed on priority areas of focus for their respective districts. Councilors from Masindi agreed to mobilize women leaders, youth and disabled persons for effective participation in decision making, form Women Caucuses and lobby for inclusion of gender issues in the district Annual Budgets, while those from Busia planned to form o si k a W n i g n i n i a rt e vit a l si g el e vit c ef f e e h t g ni r u d s r ol i c n u o c n e m o W coalitions and caucuses within Council to effectively lobby for gender equity. FOWODE organizes such capacity building trainings with an understanding that women in leadership are Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) the sessions on the ‘role of councilors’ and still constrained by the patriarchal tendencies and organized a capacity building training in February ‘assertiveness’ as well as ‘tabling motions’ in council practices in legislatures that hinder their participation 2012 for female District, Municipal and Sub County were most appreciated. and thus the prioritization of the women’s issues in Councilors, majority of whom are new to the “The most interesting session was the role of a the legislatures. Additionally, the women tend to lack legislature, having been elected last year. The Councilor. I have become more aware of what adequate skills and experiences to enable them training aimed at enlightening the Councilors from authority I possess and what my responsibilities are as effectively influence legislative decisions. Masindi, Wakiso and Busia districts on the Council a Councilor. No one had oriented me on my roles since operations as well as furnishing them with key skills It is believed that once trained, the women are better I was elected Councilor.” reported one of the necessary for effective legislation like public placed to influence decisions in their legislatures and participants speaking, time management and mitigating conflict as a result, FOWODE will continue building capacities among others. “I have learnt how to table an effective motion in of women at different levels so they can effectively Council”, is what another participant had to say when analyze and influence legislature from a gender The women perceived this training as extremely asked to share what she had found most exciting.” perspective. educative and timely and from the feedback received , and ‘assertiveness’ as well as ‘tabling motions’ in:koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/FowodeUganda
7 Women and Corruption Corruption! In her book ‘Political Cleaners: How Women are the Political Minority groups and less advantaged groups such less-advantaged New Anti-Corruption Force. Does the Evidence Corruption as women and girls also suffer disproportionately in women Wash?’(2003), Author Anne Marie Goetz suggests ’(2003), a context where human rights violations are ignored that promoting women in politics as a bulwark by a corrupt law enforcement system. Moreover, a against corruption serves the view "women as corrupt judiciary will reinforce existing explicit or instruments to achieve a broader development goal" implicit gender discrimination discrimination. rather than welcoming them to public office as a matter of their democratic and social rights. Despite resource limitations, civil society has been limitations, at the forefront of fighting corruption. For example . example, While a few women are benefiting from corruption, hile Forum for Women in Democracy facilitates as a social group, women do not gain from communities to establish Village Budget Clubs corruption. Women, who represent a where 70% of membership is women. They disproportionate percentage of the world’s poor, and participate in budgeting and planning process and articipate processes are more dependent on social services, suffer the ependent also mon monitor and track government funds. This has most under a corrupt system of governance. Their contributed to increased transparency and access to public office and institutions is restricted by accountability in the specific communities. Such social, cultural, political and institutional initiatives that focus on women’s participation have discrimination. proven to be effective alternatives for gender mainstreaming mainstreaming in the fight against corruption. Corruption undermines a level playing field f ndermines for “Studies show that women ow women and men in decision-making When political making. parties can be bought and sold, when officials are and men have similar attitudes elected through vote-buying and when promotion buying towards corruption but men within the civil service or corporate sector is related A snap shot of the Relation to personal connections rather than merit, there i is between Gender and Corruption have more opportunities to be less chance that women can increase their corrupt, since they are more representation in Parliament or at management levels likely to be part of corrupt within the public or private sector. • Gender influences how effectively networks tha the women” than Corruption compounds this by making it even more corruption is measured and difficult for women to access public services. It is evaluated estimated that Uganda loses 500 billion shillings da When a new cabinet was announced in 2011, annually as a result of corruption, this leads to women jubilated over the in increased number of • Gender shapes opportunities to reduced public revenues, often resulting in lower female ministers from 15 in the previous cabinet engage in corruption levels of spending on basic services like education, to 22. But with the corruption allegations which allegations, health and other social services, which predominantly have led to two f female cabinet ministers • Corruption has different effects on ffects affect womens and childrens welfare. investigations, the stepping aside to allow investigations excitement might soon fade away The biting away. social groups of men and women Corruption skews public investment choices away arm so far exhibited by the 9th parliament in the r from service delivery; corrupt officials or politicians fight against inefficiency and graft is commendable. • Gender informs the relevance of design public projects to maximize bribery receipts and to minimize the chance of detection. Grand anti-corruption strategies for social corruption There is an ongoing debate on corruption and its effects on gender. SSome argue that women infrastructure investment is pr prioritized to the groups of men and women are less corrupt than men and some have gone detriment of projects in pro-poor areas such as basic poor ahead to describe corrup corruption is a “male game”. education and health services that directly aid the • Gender shapes the dynamics of Recent studies have however shown that this poorest. Corruption in the water and energy sectors participation and representation in assertion is not universal but culture culture-specific and will particularly impact poor women, who often bear government and civil society anti anti- can even be damaging to the women’s cause. the burden of seeking water a and fuel for their families. Corruption also increases the obstacles for corruption interventions Studies by different scholars show that women women entrepreneurs, by distorting access to credit and men have similar attitudes towards and making it more difficult to obtain the necessary • Gender defines the currency of corruption, but men have more opportunities to ion, licenses and permits. corruption be corrupt, since they are more likely to be part of corrupt networks than the women.:koobecaF .gro.edowof.www :beW gro.edowof@edowof :liamE .dR awakaN adnitN ,esolC aybuV 51 tolP | adnagU alapmaK ,6717 XOB O.P ,SWEN-E EDOWOF http://facebook.com/Fowod wodeUganda
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