Empowering Women Human Rights Defenders through Training on Gendered Documentation.

Empowering Women Human Rights Defenders through Training on Gendered Documentation.

Women Human Rights Defenders Network Uganda (WHRDN-U) with support from The Urgent Action Fund for Women Africa conducted a two-day training on gendered documentation. The activity was held on September 12th and 13th, 2023, at the Eureka Hotel in Kampala, bringing together 12 regional Focal Points from various regions in Uganda. The training aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively document the work, specific risks, violations, and challenges faced by WHRDs.

Group picture with the participants

During the two-day event, participants explored the diverse

(1) Purposes of documentation, which included raising awareness, holding perpetrators accountable, and advocating for policy changes that benefit WHRDs.

(2) Ways to Document. The training covered various methods for effective documentation, including written reports, photographs, videos, and audio.

(3) What to Document in which participants learned how to identify and document gender-related issues faced by WHRDs, such as gender-based violence, discrimination, and structural barriers.

One of the noteworthy outcomes of this training was the creation of a network of empowered WHRDs. The 12 regional Focal Points, hailing from different parts of Uganda, forged connections and shared experiences, fostering a sense of solidarity and collaboration.

Group Presentations in the training

We also strengthened their ability to document the experiences of WHRDs . In documenting the struggles, activism and challenges faced by WHRDs, they will lead to increased support, awareness, and more effective advocacy for women’s rights.

Highlights from the training

Video of Amiya Shanon from Moroto District Explaining the Importance of the training