Women’s participation in decision making, in peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery processes (in disarmament, reintegration, security sector reform, economic recovery programs, humanitarian response, legal, judicial and electoral processes) in Uganda is markedly low, particularly at the local level.

Based on this, The Peace Centre conducted a peacebuilding and leadership six day’s (3days per group) training for 80 leaders from Soroti and Lira district (40 per district) to enhance the skills and attitude of targeted participants to effectively promote peace, enhance leadership and development that is gender-responsive under the project “Promoting Peaceful Electoral Processes in Uganda through Constructive Engagements” . The main areas of focus are mediation & negotiation, conflict analysis and leadership among the selected leaders, the training worked to equip their effective and meaningful participation in the formal and informal peacebuilding processes.

The training covered Lobbying and Advocacy, which included situation analysis, power mapping, monitoring and evaluation and report writing. It runs from 14th to 16th April 2021 in Soroti District and 19th to 21st in Lira district increased constructive engagement of cultural leaders who can effectively participate and influence the formal and informal peacebuilding processes.

“Mediation gives power to the two warring parties to amicably agree and live in peace”

The women shared some of the success cases mediated including land wrangles, domestic violence, high school dropouts, child neglect & polygamy.

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