Women and Children Rights Advocacy Project
KCSON received a grant from Independent Development Fund (IDF) to implement a project titled
"Women and Children Rights Advocacy Project" in Kibaale District for 2 years (2012-2013)
The project aims at empowering local leaders, rural households, and entire community to safe guard,
practice human rights principles, restore the dignity and promote the rights of women and children in
Kibaale district. The project also aims at empowering women and children to seek, demand, internalize
and practice human rights principles for sustainable growth and development.
This project targets women, children, households, local leaders, communities and the authorities
responsible of safe guarding and promoting human rights. These include schools, NGOs/CBOs,
communities, and Government departments that safe guard, promote and protect the rights of women
Why the project?
KCSON and its member organisations as well as other players (including the LG) have engaged with the
community of Kibaale District through various interventions such as; public hearings, dialogue
meetings, community mobilization meetings, call in radio talk shows, engagements. In all these,
Human Rights abuse especially women and child abuse has been evident.
Kibaale District Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has reported increasing numbers of abuse
related cases since 2008, such have included; battering women by their husbands and domestic
violence in general, child neglect and abuse, defilement and rape and sex harassment by teachers and
relatives, property grabbing from children and women.
Project implementation areas;
- Mabaale and
There are community contact persons for the project. These four volunteers include Kiiza Federesi
(Mugarama), Ssenyonga John (Bwanswa), Kyaligonza Winnie (Mabaale) and Aisha Namirimu
KCSON also works with its member organisations especially Rural Health Education and Mobilisation
for Development (RHEMD),Integrated Health and Development Organisation ( IHADO), Uganda
Women’s and Orphans support Development Programme (WOPH’S Care), Rural People in Action for
Development (RUPAD) & World Voices Uganda (WVU) as partners in the implementation of WCRAP.
Project delivery areas
- Community engagements through meetings, dramma, Radio or media engagements especially on KKCR and Emambya FM
- Local government engagements through DTPC meetings,STPC meetings among others
- Formation, orientation and routine support to child rights clubs formed in different schools as a way of promoting rights of children.
- Capacity building workshops/trainings such as Rights based approach to programming, Collaborative advocacy workshop, Training of people living with HIV/AIDS, Training of teachers in HRs and Behavioral Communication Change and Training of secretaries for women and children affairs.
- Development and distribution of IEC materials such as T-Shirts, brochures, Button budges, posters among others in order to create awareness about rights of women and children.
- Legal aid support through conducting community outreach legal aid and human rights counseling sessions.
- Mobilizing for the formation and routine technical support to Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) in order to promote economic rights of women and children.
- Networking and partnerships
Challenges faced during project implementation
- A lot of expectations from members of VSLAs such as startup capital which was not budgeted for.
- Lack of a strong transport facility to cover all Sub Counties of project implementation in a short time.
- Outbreak of Epidemic Ebola in Kibaale also affected project activities between July and early August 2012
- Different institutions have different challenges that do not permit them to give due attention to issues/ cases that are referred to them. For instance police is one key institution in the protection of rights but issues of facilitation majorly jeopardize their operations
Best Practices and Lessons learnt
- Most children (pupils and students) as well as women know some of their rights but do not know what to do in case they are abused. This has so far been observed strongly during school club rights debates/ parliaments where children are seen to bring out abuse cases with emotions which indicate most likely they face those abuses
- Formation of different structures such as VSLA and child rights clubs is key to promotion of women and children’s rights. These provide a platform through which issues are discussed and forwarded where necessary
- Referrals and collaboration amongst different stake holders would be very important in rights promotion, but many a time different institutions have different challenges that do not permit them to give due attention to issues/ cases
- There are so many rights abuses that are never reported due to fear and ignorance of some women and children. At different fora, women have expressed fear to report some of the abuse cases due to the likely outcomes.
- There is need to strengthen collaboration and networking between different stakeholders as a way of promoting women and children rights in Kibaale
- There is need to support the different structures created under the project for sustainability. Such structures include VSLAs, Child rights clubs formed in schools among others