Gender Justice and Women's Rights

Uganda’s constitution, alongside a number of laws, articulates a commitment to attain gender equality. However, bridging the gap between policy and practice remains the challenge of our times, as evidenced by gender gaps in health and education, economic and property rights, and participation in leadership.

Oxfam recognizes that there is no economic, social, or environmental justice without gender justice. We mainstream gender in our programming to promote women’s rights in the areas of governance and accountability, resilience livelihoods, and humanitarian preparedness and response. Oxfam has advanced this through projects aimed at building capacity of institutions and actors and promoting women’s leadership and participation.

We also apply gender analysis to address the root causes of gender inequality. This analysis has informed the specific strategies including research, policy analysis and documentation, partnering with Women’s Rights Organizations, capacity-building, and supporting community structures for local activism against VAWG.

We continue to advocate for and support women and women led organizations to play key leadership roles in humanitarian settings by claiming their rights and finding the strength, voice, and space they need as a way to reduce gender inequality and improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action.

Our Gender Justice and Women’s Rights work aims

  • To work with marginalized women and girls, social movements, and partners to challenge and transform social norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls
  • To strengthen movements and allies to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, including supporting access to justice and public interest litigation
  • To transform people’s attitudes, practices, and behavior towards women’s unpaid care work through research and influencing
  • To influence policies among government, companies and CSOs to value and recognize women’s unpaid care roles
  • To hold government accountable to local, national, regional, and international women’s rights commitments by working with other CSOs to monitor and report on progress
  • To create safe spaces for feminists to convene, bringing together older and younger feminists to chart the future of women’s rights in Uganda and support the growth of feminist organizations
  • To promote education and access to sexual reproductive health rights services for girls and young people to stem teenage and early pregnancies

Projects

Stand Up Project

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care (WE-Care)

Women in Leadership

Partners

  1. Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)
  2. Femme Forte Uganda
  3. Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU)
  4. Makerere University School of Public Health

Donors

  • Global Affairs Canada (GAC)