Advocacy, research, communication and networking for protection of Women Human Rights Defenders
The advocacy program has multiple purposes including raising visibility of the violence and risks WHRDs face, mobilizing solidarity to increase protection for WHRDs at risk, valuing WHRDs work and activism. Our advocacy actions at national, regional and international levels, will make the voices of WHRDs heard at all levels. This will in turn ensure that human rights protection mechanisms and initiatives address WHRDs’ situations and promote their integrated protection.
The program interventions include;
- Research and documentation; We document cases and gather information in order to generate gender focused information and analysis against women defenders.
- Building and Strengthening regional protective networks for WHRDs; Given the context of exclusion, discrimination & gender inequality experienced by WHRDs that many WHRDs do not have strong safety networks to rely on in the face of these risks. The Women Human Rights Defenders Network Uganda (WHRDN-U) focuses its work on building and promoting safety networks for WHRDs operating in different regional (rural grass root communities) in Uganda. The regional protective WHRD networks have been created in Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern regions of Uganda.
- We engage in communication to support advocacy, dialogue, rapid response and encourage solidarity when in the face of attacks against WHRDs in Uganda, thereby contributing to their protection.
- Publish statements related to protection of WHRDs aimed at national, regional and international authorities
- Advocacy on policy by engaging with lawmakers and policy makers to gain support for conducive gender responsive policies to the protection of WHRDs in Uganda.
- Networking and Partnerships is a key aspect of Women Human Rights Defenders Network Uganda’s advocacy is creation of networks and linkages with stakeholders and other actors.
- Media and communications, through engagement with media personnel, electronic media, our website and social media platforms. These are important tools to reach and sensitize the public.
Snapshots of the launch of WHRDN-U, 29th November, 2018
Photos at the launch of the WHRDN-U Jointly with the UN Office on Human Rights, members of the Diplomatic Missions, UN Women graced the event on 29th November 2018.
Snapshots of the networking event on 6th march, 2019.
This event was in commemoration of women’s day and event that is for 8th march annually. Some of the WHRDs sharing their experiences of threats, risks and vulnerabilities they faced due to their human rights work and after WHRDs pose for a group photo after the networking event on 6th March, 2019.
Snapshots of the commemoration of the day of the WHRDs 29th November, 2019
Snapshots of the media engagements
National networking through participation in various fora/ events and recognition by partners
Snapshots of the policy advocacy at National, Regional and International Level
Snapshots of networking events
On 1st and 2nd July 2020, the WHRDNU secretariat together with the head of the Disability Women’s defenders thematic working group and Albertine regional focal person conducted a field visit in Hoima, Kagadi and Masindi. The visit supported;
-Processes of coordination among diversity of WHRDs
-Women defenders battling oil extractive projects
-HIV/AIDs women defenders
-Women Defenders with disabilities
-Women defenders on women’s political participation
Fruitful discussions were held on how and where to seek support, strengthen local networks and foster linkages to ensure holistic protection of WHRDs
The Women Human Rights Defenders that hosted the WHRDN-U during a field visit from 8th-10th July 2020 in Kapchorwa, Kween and Mbale districts. They have led campaigns on Anti- Female Genital Mutilation, protected the land rights of the Bennet ethic minority groups and protected LGBTQ rights. The Women Defenders shared their livid experiences of risks,attacks and threats in their communities, how they are organizing, the change they are working towards and provided insightful recommendations to WHRDN-U on how to ensure safety of women defenders in the rural isolated communities.
Luncheon with with members of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee and to discuss how the Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill can be gender responsive and protect Women Human Rights Defenders.
On August 13th 2020, Women Human Rights Defenders Network Uganda presented a position paper at the Human Rights Defenders protections Bill Consultative meeting, advocating for gender sensitivity while drafting the law.
On 16th September 2020 ,Women Human Rights Defenders Network Uganda met with The Women’s Probono Initiative , Executive Director ,Prima Kwagala and the Programs Officer Achola Elizabeth and held discussions on how to provide legal aid support to WHRDs attacked with a feminist perspective.