Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda

UN women, the embassy of France in Uganda and alliance Francaise sign cooperation agreement

Tuesday, 9th December 2014
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The Ambassador of France in Uganda, Her Excellency Mrs. Sophie Makame and Mrs. Hodan Addou, the UN women Country Representative

The agreement covers a two-year strategic partnership to support various projects to advance gender equality and empowerment of women in Uganda. Already, the Embassy of France and UN Women have identified two women's organizations in Gulu district that will benefit from direct financial support through the Embassy's Social Development Fund and technical support from UN Women. 

Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) helps women at the grassroots level get a better understanding of their rights through education, training and transfer of skills. Gulu women with Disabilities Union (GUWODU) promotes the rights of girls and
women with disabilities through income-generating activities and advocates for their improved access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Through the French Embassy in Uganda cultural operator, Alliance francaise de Kampala (AFK), UN women will undertake various sensitization and advocacy activities. In September 2014, a first jointly supported event took place, with the organization of the exhibition 'Women in Resistance' at the Uganda Museum. About this activity, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development wrote, "Pierre [the photographer] did one heck of a job presenting what the pictures suggest are strong women: resilient women, who do not bow down, give up and cave in during times of adversity" (New Vision, 12 September 2014). On Wednesday 10 December at 7:00 pm, the next joint activity will be a film screening of Desert Flower for the general public as the closing event for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This strong film tells the story of Waris Dirie, a young woman from Somalia, and her struggle against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Entrance is free of charge. 

UN Women Uganda, the Embassy of France and AFK share and stand for a vision of women's rights and gender equality. All parties agree on the added value of this partnership and are
looking forward to enhance their cooperation in the future.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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