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BUILDING RESILIENCE OF CONFLICT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES THROUGH WOMEN AND GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT

BUILDING RESILIENCE OF CONFLICT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES THROUGH WOMEN AND GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT

By Martin Ninsiima, UN Women

Delegates from more than ten countries numbering one hundred twenty-five (125) attended the Side event on building resilience of conflict affected communities through women and girls’ empowerment. The side event was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on June 22, 2017. The side event was convened by UN Women Uganda Country Office in partnership with other UN agencies and civil society organizations.

The proceedings were chaired by Uganda Minister of Gender Labour and Social Development Hon. Janat Mukwaya. Among the participants were representatives from UN agencies, Civil society, Uganda Government, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and the European Union.

The main theme of the side event was “Building resilience of conflict affected communities through women and girls’ empowerment”. The key activities during the side event included a key note address from UN Women Country Representative, Panel discussions, screening of a video documentary on experiences of women and girl refugees in Uganda. The event was also featured guest speakers from embassies of Sweden and Norway in Uganda.

The half-day side event recommended that the international community should support humanitarian communities, host populations and government on bridging the gap between humanitarian action and development interventions. Delegates emphasised the creation of a conducive operating environment for promoting and supporting empowerment of women and girls from the refugee and host communities.

Participants also agreed that access to leadership and decision making roles for women and girls, as well as those from host communities must be ensured at all levels. They recommend that the provision of training and capacity building for women and girls.

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