The Peace Centre organized a 5-day training from 19th to 23rd April 2021 for Luwero District Leaders to enhance their skills in peacebuilding, leadership, mediation and understand the different frameworks for women’s participation in leadership and peacebuilding. The training brought together 35 leaders (30 women, 1 woman with a physical disability and 4 men) district and sub-county councilors from the subcounties of Kamira, Kalagala, Bombo, Katikamu, Luwero, Zirobwe, Kikyusa, Ndejje, Wobulenzi Town Council, Nyimbwa, Luwero Town Council and Butuntumula.

The training enhanced the peacebuilding, leadership and mediation knowledge among leaders in Luwero district. It also delved into the importance of leadership accountability which helped participants understand how to hold themselves accountable and provided tips on how to improve the personal and the culture of accountability. The Deputy Executive Director, Juliet Were, welcomed the participants and congratulated them for their participation in the recently concluded elections despite the victories and the losses. She also emphasized the need for leaders to prioritize the agenda of women and girls to address the marginalization of women and girls.

Under the training, participants learnt and discussed frameworks for women participation in leadership by delving into the different instruments that emphasize the full participation and inclusion of women in all spheres. Understanding perceptions, Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict dynamics and how to make leadership gender-responsive. During the training, we also discussed the importance of leadership accountability with the aim of helping participants understand if they are holding themselves accountable, and provides tips on how to improve personal accountability and the culture of accountability.

The 5 days training was very participatory and hands-on. It was an opportunity for the trainees to rethink their leadership strategies and engagement in the community. Participants appreciated the timeliness of the training and thanked The Peace Centre for facilitating the process. Participants also thought through their action plans and were eager to implement them in their communities. However, they expressed concern about the few days of training and requested another training on Advocacy and budgeting.

The Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Nalubega Mariam also appreciated the sessions that were covered and appreciated The Peace Centre and the participants for complimenting on the governments’ work in the district. In her closing remarks, the Deputy RDC emphasized the need for women to continue supporting each other.

As leaders, we need to stand and protect the rights of the women and families to ensure that the evictions are fair especially for our unprivileged people in the community. We need to stand together and fight against the bribed court orders and ensure that justice is served.

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