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Plan International supports Ugandan government to ensure girls are protected

Plan International Uganda has worked in partnership with the government to promote gender equality, and we are proud to acknowledge the work of parliament in enforcing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) against Women.

Over 150 Members of Parliament (MPs) and representatives of civil society affirmed their support for the Convention at a reflection meeting supported and organised by Plan International Uganda last year. The Federation of African Woman Educationalists (Uganda) and the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, two of the leading Ugandan proponents of women’s equality in Uganda, co-organised the event.

The meeting was officiated by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, one of the highest-ranking women in Ugandan politics. The conference drew special attention to the ways in which discrimination affects girls, a major problem which is often overlooked in the country and which leads to child abuse, school dropout and domestic violence. In her keynote speech, Kadaga called upon members of Parliament to reflect on issues of discrimination which hinder girls’ and women’s ability to enjoy their full rights, including: property ownership, violence, rape, defilement, sanitary facilities in schools and health systems, among others. She applauded Plan International Uganda for supporting the conference and for its development work in the country.

Members of Parliament in a CEDAW session facilitated by Plan International Uganda

The conference culminated with the development and presentation of a roadmap for CEDAW reporting and monitoring by the chairperson of the Gender Committee, Hon. Komuhangyi Margaret, which reiterated Parliament’s role in passing laws and policies that will put the CEDAW convention into practice. The MPs also agreed to advocate for appropriate funding to be allocated for the implementation of laws that are currently in place.

This conference has served as a key milestone in Plan International Uganda’s work to protect and promote the rights of girls and women at the national level. Since its inception, Plan International Uganda has taken a leading role in the Domestic Violence Coalition, and has been given special access to the Ministry of Gender and other key government actors to lobby for the complete protection of women and girls under the law.