Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

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OUR VISION:

A country in which all girls and women have access to equitable quality education that enables them to effectively participate in development at all levels.

OUR MISSION:

To promote gender equity and equality in Education in Uganda by influencing policies and nurturing positive practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. 

CORE VALUES:

  • Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Results Oriented
  • Continuous lifelong Learning

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH REFUGEE COMMUNITIES

On 8th March, 2019 FAWE Uganda in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister, other Civil Society Organizations and Lamwo district local Government commemorated the International Women’s Day at Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp.

This year’s International Women’s Day was celebrated under the global theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change.” It focused on creating a paradigm shift for transforming mindsets to the goal of gender equality and identifying new ways of advancing women’s agenda at all levels.  

The national theme: “Empowering Women through Innovative Approaches to Social Protection; a Pre-requisite for Inclusive and Sustainable Development” was premised on the need to recognize the importance of providing social protection to women with the aim of minimizing vulnerability, building their potential through innovative approaches so that they contribute to and benefit from the development process.

The Chief Guest, Mrs. Atim Mugenyi, FAWE Uganda Board Chairperson at the celebrations emphasized that, “Community members need to take children to school and encourage them to stay until they complete their studies as opposed to marrying them off. Children should believe in themselves and ensure that they stay in school despite challenges around them to realize their dreams. Teachers need to teach well, respect children’s rights and create a conducive environment in school as they have the responsibility of raising responsible citizens and future leaders of this great nation.”

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Refugee Women Groups Entertaining Guests during the International Women’s Day Celebrations at Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp.

Mr Julius Kamuza, the Palabek Refugee Camp Settlement Commandant appreciated the efforts of partners in organizing the event. “I thank the Government of Uganda for supporting women and enabling them realize their rights and economically empowering them. We must all respect women and girls’ rights both in settlement camps and surrounding communities. Punitive action should be taken against all those abusing women in whatever form.” He further emphasized the need for parents in settlement camps to keep children in school until they finish studies and not marry them off at an early age as this practice perpetrates poverty and untold suffering.”

The day was marked with presentations from development partners including the UNHCR, OXFAM and TPO Uganda on the progress made in enabling Refugee Women, Girls and Children lead decent and dignified lives. There was entertainment from different Refugee Women Groups and FAWE Uganda Child Rights Club Members both in schools and communities who entertained guests through Music, Dance and Drama Performances.

International Women’s Day Celebrations is meant to recognize the role and contribution women have had in the development of their communities, country and the world. It provides an opportunity to enhance advocacy for inclusion of women’s concerns in the development agenda at all levels by calling on United Nations member states to design and implement interventions aimed at attaining gender equality and economic empowerment for women.

Areas of Focus

- Tertiary and Higher Education Scholarships

- Secondary Education Scholarships

- Child Protection

- Science and Innovation

- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

- Combating Gender Based Violence

- Skills Development and Livelihoods

- Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups

- Research and Advocacy

- Service delivery for teenage and child mothers

- Mentorship and Gender Responsive Pedagogy

- Capacity Building for cross section of stakeholders and strengthening Structures

Strategic Objectives

- Improving the level of gender responsiveness in Education Sector policies for girls and women

- Enhancing adoption and integration of positive gender pedagogy practices at school level

- Increasing access, retention and completion rates for girls in school and all levels of education

- Strengthening institutional capacity for efficient and effective service delivery.