4th September 2017 marked the discovery of yet another woman following a string of horrific women murders according to the government list. Having engaged with police, local leaders and MPs without satisfactory intervention, civil society today decided to wage war in a press statement concerning the murders.
The press conference which was held at Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) offices in Bukoto gathered Sexual and Gender Based Activists from various civil society organizations such as AMwA, CEDOVIP, FOWODE etc. choosing to stand against the laxity of the government in responding to the deaths. The fact that it took almost 10 murders for the Minister of National Security and the Inspector General of Police to reach out to the affected areas yet terror attacks are addressed immediately is an indicator that women are not a priority in Uganda.
Today, women have lost faith in the government yet continue to be at risk and now live in fear of their lives. Some have even neglected their Income Generating Activities hence rendering them unable to cater for their needs. The fact that no efforts have been made by the government to support the families of the victims and also provide a clear security plan continues to agitate activists. Worse still, the president of the country, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has not come out to say anything about these gruesome murders. In his report, Minister Jeje Odongo pinned the murders on illuminati which is an immense shame and further shows that there was no co-ordination between the police and the government.
As civil society, we stand with FIDA Uganda in demanding that government;
a) Declares a national day of mourning for the mothers and sisters who have been victims of these murders in addition to compensating families of the victims and offering supreme protection.
b) Publishes photos of the unclaimed bodies so their families can have them and accord them decent burials.
c) Provides adequate financial resources for Gender Based Violence interventions and provide a combined believable report as well as a clear security plan for the citizens of Uganda, more so the vulnerable women.
Failure to protect women will lead to public interest litigation. The government ought to use the same measure in protecting lives of Ugandans as it would to advocate for other issues of national importance.
This week starting Monday 18th-22nd September 2017 has been declared a week of mourning. There will be a vigil at the Uganda Museum on Thursday at 3pm in memory of our beloved mothers of the nation. We call on everyone to stand in solidarity with our beloved sisters as we collectively demand for greater accountability and respect for human rights of women in Uganda.
Press Statement for Immediate Release
4th September 2017
On the early morning of Monday, September 4th, 2017, Akina Mama wa Afrika a Pan African Feminist Leadership Development Organization that champions gender equality and women's rights, found that their headquarters in Kampala, Uganda had been broken into and ransacked of money, three desktops, and telephone terminal together with other accessories.
The break in which was noticed by the Office Assistant when he entered the office ahead of the team as he embarked on routine morning clean up, most likely happened in the night. He found the office money safe, ordinarily secured in another office at the reception area and furniture disorganized.
The incident has been reported to the police, and while investigations are still ongoing the intent of the intruders remains unclear. It remains too early to record all missing equipment and/ or records.
Since 2012, there has been a wave of office break-ins targeting offices of Uganda Civil Society. Despite over 50 incidents reported to the Ugandan Police, there have been no meaningful efforts to ensure the perpetuators are brought to book.The lack of accountability and persistent impunity for such attacks raises suspicion as to whether the attacks are condoned and tolerated by authorities.
The Board and Management of Akina Mama wa Afrika, has called on the Police to undertake speedy and thorough investigations in order to bring the perpetuators of these attacks to justice and ensure the recovery of the stolen equipment and/ or records.
Akina Mama wa Afrika appreciates all the support so far received from the Police, Civil Society Organizations and Friends of Akina Mama wa Afrika.
It is indeed a dark day at Akina Mama wa Afrika but also a wakeup call to Human Rights Organizations to remain alert to the ongoing threats and collectively work to secure our personal and office security.
Terms of Reference
Evaluation of the Implementation of Kampala Declaration on Sexual & Gender Based Violence, Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence & Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes Region and UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) on behalf of the Regional Civil Society Forum and with support from Amplify Change would like to engage the services of a consultant to conduct an evaluation of the implementation of 3 policy frameworks on Sexual Gender Based Violence in the Great Lakes Countries of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central Africa Republic. The review seeks to evaluate the progress made by the three countries as member states of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region in implementing the landmark 2011 Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, the Goma Declaration on Eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes Region and UN Resolution 1325.
The Kampala Declaration defined actions to be undertaken to prevent the occurrence of SGBV, end impunity for sexual crimes and provide support (legal, financial, medical and psychosocial support. While research findings conducted in 2014 revealed that there had been progress made in the implementation of the Declaration through the development of SGBV legislations, gender policies and launch of public campaigns and one-stop centers for survivors of SGBV there were a number of challenges especially in relation to funding and rehabilitation of perpetrators . In addition the 11 Members states of ICGLR committed to implement the UN Resolution 1325 that specifically provides for the participation of women in resolution and peace building processes
In a show of commitment, Member States also pledged to establish gender desks, integrate SGBV in national planning and budgeting particularly within the ministries of Gender, Health, Defence, Security, Interior, Local Government, Education and Youth. The same states vowed to set up specific mechanisms to investigate and prosecute sexual crimes. The message of these actions would be echoed through campaigns launched to demonstrate zero tolerance to SGBV. For the individual survivors and particularly women, states promised to set up one-stop recovery centres to provide free medical, psychosocial and judicial services as well as income generating initiatives.
Therefore this review creates an opportunity to assess the progress made be the two countries in implementing the aforementioned commitments since the last review conducted by ISIS-WICCE (2014) looking into the domestication and implementation of the relevant protocols, concrete support for the law and justice sectors, as well as existing support mechanisms and structures, special courts and or specific legal procedures against SGBV.
2.0 Background to the Project
Following the adoption of Kampala Declaration to prevent, punish and respond to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) by the Heads of States and Government from the Great Lakes Region in 2011; AMwA on behalf of the ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum mobilized funds from Amplify Change to strengthen the capacity of CSO in the Great Lakes Region to advocate for and monitor the implementation of Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the three Great Lakes Member States of Central Africa Republic; Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. A two year project 2015-2017 aims at contributing to the implementation of Kampala Declaration through capacity strengthening of Civil society members; network and collaboration strengthening, communication and evidence gathering in order to build and collect more support evidence on mechanisms put in place to contribute to ending SGBV in the Great Lakes Region.
It’s against this background that AMwA would like to engage the services of a consultant to evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the Kampala Declaration SGBV, the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and the UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo
3.0 Overall Objective of the Evaluation
To review the progress made in the implementation of the Kampala Declaration on SGBV and the UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo
4.0 Specific Objectives
a) Assess the progress made by the three countries in the implementing the Kampala Declaration on SGBV, the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and the UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo
b) Identify the existing gaps and opportunity for the accelerated realization of the commitments laid out in the Declaration
c) Highlight key policy recommendations for the implementation of the Kampala Declaration; the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and UN Resolution 1325
The consultant(s) is expected to deliver;
I. An inception report (with his/her interpretation of the TORs and statement of methodology, data collection & analysis tools, lists of documents for review)
II. A first draft of the assessment report of not more than 30 pages for review and validation by ICGLR CSO members.
III. A final copy of the report for printing.
Upon signing of the contract, the consultant will take a maximum of 15 working days to gather information and submit the draft report. The evaluation work will commence on 7th August 2017 and the 1st draft is expected to be completed and submitted by 25th August 2017; the final report should be submitted by 15th September 2017.
8.0 Qualifications and Competencies
The consultant should hold the following competencies
9.0 Application Process
•A cover letter stating your motivation and summarizing relevant experience
•Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicant’s profile and experience
•A sample of previous work in a related field
•Contact details of at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise in the field.
***Only selected candidates will be contacted***