Civil society advocacy against gender-based violence in
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Online via Zoom
7th December 2022
17:00 – 18:30 (EAT)
Why is this event happening?
Eliminating gender-based violence is one of the priorities of national development goals in East Africa. Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda are signatories of national, regional, and international agreements and policies (SDGs, Maputo Protocol, CEDAW, UDHR) that require action to uphold human rights, including the fundamental right to live free from violence. However, the elimination of gender-based violence cannot be achieved without strong civil society organizations to transform social practice, drive policy change and hold duty-bearers accountable. This places the leadership and deep engagement of civil society at the core of transformative and sustainable change in the elimination of violence against all genders.
The event will launch a petition to be signed by civil society organizations in East Africa.
This event organized by Lightup Impact will be part of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” running between November 25th and December 10th. The event addresses the role and space of civil society advocacy on policy change on gender-based violence in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. The event brings together community-based and non-governmental organizations, activists, and policymakers working to reduce gender-based violence on a local, national and regional level in East Africa.
What we are aiming to achieve
- What is the current state of gender-based violence locally and nationally in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda?
- What is the role of civil society organizations in the policy advocacy of reducing gender-based violence? Is there freedom and access to civil society advocacy? Is there cooperation and dialogue currently between civil society and policymakers (locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally)?
- How can CSOs jointly advocate for realistic policies and better implementation of policies to fight gender-based violence?
- Have the national and regional policies been implemented and directed to the right actors and processes? Are there gaps or challenges in the implementation of current policies?
- What current policy change and/or advocacy in implementation is needed to see a change in reducing gender-based violence?
- What is the message or demand you would send to development policymakers nationally and regionally?
- What are key recommendations/demands to advocate in strategic decision-making (African Union, Regional Economic Communities, East African Community) spaces in East Africa?
5:00 -5:10 pm: Welcome and introduction
5:10-5:50 pm: Panel Discussion
5:50-6:15 pm: Q&A
6:15-6:30 pm: Conclusion of event, Lightup Impact fundraiser
Dr. Sarah Musau,
Gifted Community Centre, GCC