Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

Akina Mama wa Afrika invites suitably qualified bidders to submit sealed bids for purposes of Pre-qualification for the following category numbers and corresponding description of supplies and services as specified below and on our website at www.akinamamawaafrika.org for the period 2018-2020.


CATEGORY 1-SUPPLIES:


a) Assorted Office Stationery, Toners, books and reading materials
b) Office furniture& fittings
c) Computers, Printers, Consumables and other Office equipments
d) Fire fighting equipments and accessories
e) News paper Supply
d) Supply of branded clothing


CATEGORY2-SERVICES:


a) Accommodation and Conference facilities
b) Design and printing services
c) Air ticketing, Airlines booking, Tours and Travel
d) Cleaning, fumigation and garbage collection services
e) Motor Vehicle Hire Services
f) Phone (Intercom repair) services
g) Outside catering services
h) Information, Communication, Technology services (Web Hosting and web design and Installation of software)
i) Human resource consultancy services
j) Engraving and Branding services
k) Maintenance and repair of electrical equipment
l) Counseling services
m) Asset valuation services (computers, Printers and other assets
n) Documentation & Evidence collection services
o) Project and programme evaluation services
p) Security Services
q) Insurance Services
r) Audit Services
s) Courier Services
t) Painting, Interior decor & Landscaping Services
u) Any other Consultancy services

Suppliers who qualify for any of the above categories may apply for Pre qualification and those who will meet the criteria for prequalification will be prequalified for the categories applied for. Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) will therefore make a list of contractors who will be given quotation documents to bid for supply of goods and services under those categories as and when required by the organization.

All applicants must indicate Name and address (Postal, Physical location, Telephone contacts and email address) of the firm, and must be accompanied with the following documents:

a) Certificate of Registration /Incorporation
b) Trading License for the year 2017/2018
c) Valid Tax clearance certificate
d) VAT Registration Certificate
e) Tax identification Number (TIN No.)
f) Dully Registered powers of Attorney
g) Bankers and Audited financial statements for the last 2years


The sealed envelope must be addressed to:
The Procurement Committee
Akina Mama wa Afrika
Plot 222, Ntinda
Off Kira road
P. O. Box 24130
Kampala – Uganda

The planned procurement schedule (subject to changes) is as follows:

Activity Date
Publish Bid Notice 01/10/2018
Bid closing date 26/10/2018
Bid opening date 05/11/2018
Evaluation Process Within 14 working days from date of bid opening
Communication to selected suppliers Within 5 working days from the date of approval of the evaluation report
Contract signature 26/11/2018


MANAGEMENT

If you knew then what you know now, would you have done anything differently?

In August, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) opened up her weekly intellectual muscle building sessions to the AMwAzons - our cadre of young women feminist leaders equipped to advance justice for women rights in Africa through the African Women’s Leadership Institute. The session code-named the Knowledge Hub is part of a series long of deepening the AMwAzons knowledge and advocacy skills and will be a space of sharing ideas and acquiring skills to effectively influence key stakeholders, politicians, and policy makers around key feminist and women’s issues in Africa and the world. Integrated into this initiative is that the young women leaders will disseminate and spread the knowledge they gain.

The very first Knowledge Hub was held on August 9th with an objective to unpack the implications of the current legal and policy framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and brainstorm around key pointers on how to work and advocate towards attaining a gender sensitive and contextually viable approach to a full and just implementation of a comprehensive SRHR approach. The AMwAzons came in large numbers to deepen their knowledge as well as to sign post what critical issues to advance in the realization of women’s right to reproductive health. To anchor the discussion, AMwAzons read ‘A Feminist Critique of Legal Approaches to Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Eastern and Southern Africa: Denial and Divergence Versus Facilitation’ as featured in the Agenda journal. The group talked over the unsettling concept of criminalizing of consensual sex between two consenting adolescents and drew lessons from South Africa where the age of consent to sex is 16 years old and sex between adolescents is approved as long as one party is not more than two years older than the other.

AMwA's Leah Eryenyu engages participants during the discussion

The Center for Health Human Rights and Development’s Joy Asasira and Reproductive Health Uganda’s Doreen Kansiime were present to improve the young women’s understanding of the SRHR legal framework in Uganda. A feminist lens was employed to unpack how legislation that is supposed to protect women and girls instead ends up discriminating against them. Legislation setting 18 years as age of marriage and by extension age of consent to sex for example means sexually active underage people cannot access SRHR services because they are at risk of getting arrested.

One key takeaway and viable area for advocacy agreed upon was the need to harmonize the age of consent to sex and consent to medical treatment. Currently, it is difficult for young women and girls in Uganda and most of Africa to access SRHR services as the age of consent to sex is 18 years.

In June, Akina Mama wa Afrika joined other organizations on the continent to collectively identify strategic ways to tackle corruption and underscore how it impedes the realisation of women’s rights at the 32nd Gender Is My Agenda Campaign meeting which took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The GIMAC is a Pre-Summit Consultative meeting whose recommendations feed into the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, andaims to create a space for civil society to monitor the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA).”

This year’s theme “Corruption and Governance: Impact and way out for Women, Children and Youths” looked to tackle the vice that has crippled good governance, service delivery, stability, and development on the continent. According to Afrobarometer’s 2015 People and Corruption- Africa Survey, “nearly 75 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year – some to escape punishment by the police or courts, but many are forced to pay to get access to the basic services that they desperately need, a great number of these population being women.” The meeting raised a raft of issues some of which included the exacerbation of sexual violence against women and girls, and the fuelling of trafficking in persons and exploitation of migrant youth as a result of corruption.

AMwA's Leah Eryenyu stressing a point during the convention

Women and girls who are victims of sexual violence are usually further re-victimised and exploited in part because of a bureaucratic and inaccessible justice system that encourages the giving of bribes to navigate. For example, a Police Officer may ask for a bribe to avail an evidence collection form which is a pre-requisite for a case to be heard in court. The victim can choose to pay or, as happens in many cases, give up on the case altogether when unable to afford the bribe requested. Other instances show that a perpetrator can pay the Police Officer to look the other way or case files mysteriously go missing. Consequently justice for women is frustrated, sowing mistrust with public institutions and preventing women from reporting cases of sexual violence.

Akina Mama wa Afrika represented by Research Advocacy and Movement Building Manager, Leah Eryenyu was privileged to be part of a panel discussion constituted by FIDA-Uganda on the impact of corruption on youth migration. Again, the issue of bureaucratic and stringent processes came up, this time in the form of draconian immigration policies that severely limit the crossing of borders, forcing youth to use illegal means to gain entry. This leaves them as perfect fodder for exploitation and trafficking. Consequently thousands of African youth have died at sea and while crossing deserts as they have tried to bypass legal migration channels. Others have ended up in indentured servitude, forced to work as domestic workers in the Gulf States with little or no pay while others have been forced into sex work. With no legal paperwork to support their stay in their adopted countries, it is difficult to seek help from authorities, and the exploitation continues.

Panel discussion on the impact of corruption on youth migration

The panel discussion made a number of recommendations to curb youth migration and also urged states to recognise the urgency of the problem of human trafficking on the continent. The recommendations were adopted in the final outcome document from the meeting urging states to “Consider the establishment of a High-Level Panel to inquire and report to the January 2019 African Union Summit on causes and mitigation of forceful migration and vulnerability of youth and women to transnational human trafficking criminal syndicates.”

The GIMAC was attended by about 200 representatives from Civil Society Organizations across the African Continent. It ended on a high but contemplative note as participants felt encouraged that corruption had been flagged as an issue of concern but were also cognizant of the immense and time consuming work that is going to be required to root out the vice.