The Peace Centre in partnership with the Global Fund for Women is implementing a project Promoting Young Urban Refugee Women’s Leadership in Peacebuilding in Uganda aimed at promoting young urban refugee women and GBV survivors; leadership in peacebuilding processes and mechanisms in Uganda. As part of the project, the Peace Centre conducted a 3 days training of 30 young urban refugee women representatives from refugee-led organizations in Makindye division on advocacy and influencing, on UNSCR 1325, the contents, processes, and mechanisms associated with Uganda’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 from 12th to 14th January 2022.
The initial findings from a baseline assessment of young urban refugee women conducted by the Peace Centre in November 2021 show leadership in peacebuilding, communication, public speaking, and presentation as the pivotal capacity needs to advance their needs and rights. This training equipped the young urban refugee women leaders with skills and knowledge to fully understand the policy framework and the related coordination mechanisms, to design common messages, identify opportunities for influencing and plan the next steps in their advocacy.
The training included five components delivered through in-person workshops.
i. Understanding the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: This session focused on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda- UNSCR 1325 and its 4 Pillars; understanding the National Policy Frameworks to translate into action for example the National Action Plan III.
ii. Advocacy and Action Planning: Participants considered the current context, existing influencing opportunities, and their shared interests following which they used to define a common agenda, and specific joint advocacy plan to be implemented after the workshop.
iii. Leadership Skills: This focused on strengthening personal leadership skills at individual levels practical skills such as managing finances and personal branding in the digital world.
iv. A Write-shop: Participants practically learnt how to document their experiences, reflections, lessons, and recommendations. Each young woman will produce a product to be published thereafter.
v. Wellness: Wellness practices were be integrated into the training methodology using the Healing through Rituals guide to equip young women with tools to support their wellbeing.
As a result of the training, young women developed joint advocacy plans to be implemented.