The Human Rights of women and the girl-child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. The full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life, at the national, regional and international levels, and the eradication of all forms of discrimination on the grounds of sex are priority crosscutting issues in our thematic areas.
Gender mainstreaming at KRUWODO
Our approach to mainstreaming gender in our policies, programmes and operational procedures is as follows:
- Gender concerns are reflected in the conceptualization, implementation and evaluation of human rights policies, strategic planning and the setting of priorities and objectives.
- The impact of our activities, protocols and procedures aimed at advancing human rights are examined on the basis of gender.
- Having a special responsibility to make the link between gender and human rights, KRUWODO undertakes training and sensitization programmes aimed at integrating gender and building capacity for gender analysis from a human rights perspective for staff, human rights bodies and consultants.
- KRUWODO is actively support the development and implementation of specific programmes, projects and activities aimed at improving the enjoyment by women and girl-children of their fundamental human rights. As far as possible this work is being undertaken in consultation and collaboration with other stakeholders.
- KRUWODO is giving specific priority to the issue of trafficking in persons.
- KRUWODO’s work in this area is based on the principle that human rights must be at the core of any anti-trafficking strategy.
- The key objective of KRUWODO is to integrate human rights into international, regional and national anti-trafficking initiatives – particularly at the legal and policy levels. As far as possible, KRUWODO seeks to act as a catalyst and support for the work of others.
Gender-based violence refers to the harmful acts directed at an individual based on gender. Most women go through this around Africa but also men go through the same. Gender-based violence takes many forms such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child marriage, and genital mutilation. Involved threats of violence, coercion, and manipulation.
Through funding from Global Fund for Women and UNFPA KRUWODO has been able to address Gender Based Violence in Mityana and to date at least 32,346 women and girls have benefited from this program.
Our Focus in Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence
We carried out a number of interventions;
- Combating gender-based violence in schools in Bulera, Busimbi and Butayunja sub counties in Mityana District. Its focus was to combat gender-based violence against girls in schools. Working with the Local government to raise awareness of gender-based violence. In schools and legal protections that exist and develop a support network. This involved the students, Teacher Associations, health care workers, police, lawyers and probation office specializing in gender-based violence and social workers.
- Promoting Women’s Legal Rights in Mityana. It focused on legal education and assistance to women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. This was through the provision of paralegal training to community health workers, conducting legal aid outreach events. And training practicing lawyers on women’s legal rights. This helped create a network where women and girls can run in case violence has occurred.
- Stigma Reduction and Empowerment for Women and Survivors of Sexual Violence in Mityana. The goal was to advance the health, economic and social well-being of women. And girl survivors of sexual violence in rural villages in Bulera, Busimbi and Butayunja sub counties in Mityana.
- Elimination of Gender-based violence in Mityana. This was and is to fight the continued marginalized and discrimination against women and girls in homes, schools, and the workplaces and on a professional level.
- Empowerment of teenage mothers and victims of sexual abuse. This was to empower and assist marginalized groups of young women and girls (teenage mothers and victims of sexual abuse).
- Women’s Access to Justice: more effective resolution for GBV.
KRUWODO’s Approach to strengthen protection against GBV and VAC.
- Integrate GBV risk mitigation and prevention into the development response. Measures include grievance redress mechanisms, guidance, and tools to train local project stakeholders on GBV and violence against women and girls risk assessment and mitigation.
- Strengthen and enhance multi-sectoral services, including district- and local-level structures. Bolster the case management capacity of GBV and child protection actors through systematic training and mentor ship; improve facilities and logistical resources; and strengthen coordination and referral mechanisms, including local leaders
- Scale-up evidence-based community violence prevention approaches to address GBV and violence against women and girls risk factors aligned to District and community structures. Focus prevention efforts on changing social norms that underpin violence against women and girls and GBV, support economic empowerment for women and adolescent girls, and preventing violence against children at school, including school clubs, gender-differentiated sanitary facilities, and peer-to-peer learning.
- Break conceptual “silent spaces” across GBV and child protection programming by, for example, training service providers to address multiple forms of violence and expanding existing programs to address common risks factors.
- Bridge the humanitarian-development divide between GBV and child protection programming. Reduce the gap between the humanitarian and development responses to GBV- and violence against women and girls -related risks by deliberately aligning violence prevention and response interventions with national systems.