MAMA CAMPAIGN ACORD in partnership with Peace and Rights Program PRP have been funded by the UN women to run a one year project dabbed MAMA CAMPAIGN. This is a campaign aimed at changing attitude and behavior of the Bungoma electorate towards women leadership and positively shape opinion about women aspirants with the end result of retaining the current elected women and electing more women than ever before in the history of Bungoma’s elective politics. This project aims to help retain the 6 elected women MCAs in Bungoma county and increase the total number of elected women MCAs to 15 out of 45. The following strategies will be employed: Evidence Based Strategy – Drawing from the baseline lessons on how to approach the question of promoting women leadership, we will aim to build social change to appreciate women’s equal ability to be leaders just as men. Cascading campaign to build an enabling environment-Women have in the past been victims of violence and are more likely to be turned off from voting or offering themselves for elective positions due to violence and intimidation. This strategy will have a cascading component that aims at building an all-round conducive atmosphere for both...
World population day 2014, commemorated on July 11, is an important day as it speaks to all mankind irrespective of geographical, economic, social and political differences. In sub-Saharan Africa, issues related to population growth mirror the challenges associated with ensuring reduced depletion of the available resources. The world population days theme 2014, “Investing in young people,” is very relevant for Africa where the youth population has the highest growth rate with a potential still unharnessed.Youth comprise of 20 per cent of Africa’s total population (200 million) and, in spite of their demographic significance, they continue to lack interventions for addressing their vulnerabilities to poverty and unemployment; limited access to education opportunities or poorly designed curricula; poor health outcomes, particularly sexual and reproductive complications, including HIV and AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); conflict and break down of social norms and controls. Gender inequalities particularly place young women and girls in an extreme position with regard to these negative factors.African regional and national governments are aware of these realities and have purposely designed frameworks for reducing inequalities faced by this youthful population in development processes. For instance, African governments have strengthened, through commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),...
The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at United Nations Headquarters from 4 to 15 March, with a particular focus on "Elimination and Prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls". The ACORD delegation is currently in New-York and our 1st event will happen at 3.30pm GMT: "Challenging and Pfreventing Hidden War Crimes: Film screening and panel discussion"Panelists:Irma van Dueren, Head Gender Division, Dutch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Soliciting political will and donors’ commitmentNgone Diop, Chief Gender
and Women in Development, African Centre for Gender and Social Development: Influencing pro-women
policy and gender budgetingSalina Sanou, Head of Policy
and Advocacy, ACORD: Addressing root causes of SGBV in
a bid to address prevention and eliminationMore from the team later today! Our action towards a violence-free world for women and girls here.
ACORD and its partners is working with the very discriminated LGBTI-community of Burundi as part of the efforts for addressing the initiatives for ensuring the rights of access to HIV prevention and AIDS treatment and care for Hard to Reach communities in East and central Africa.. A training session was held on 31 July 2012 to raise awareness of the high number of HIV infection rate among the LGBTQI-community. The debate around right to health services for hard to reach populations like the commercial sex workers, ethnic and sexual minorities is slowly gaining acceptance and space in the public sphere of Burundi. In particular for decades the sexual minorities have been discriminated by law and by negative attitudes. In this regard, Burundi, like the countries in the ECA region, has banned same-sex practices at the risk of imprisonment of two to three years or fines of 50,000 - 100,000 Burundian francs (30-60 Euros). However, unlike the other countries in the region (such as Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda), Burundi did not inherit the existence of these anti-gay laws, but initiated them on its own motives. These criminalizing laws have continue to abate the spread of the HIV and AIDS epidemic,...
ACORD's local Burundian partner 'Reseau Murekerisoili' is working to empower women and to offer them much needed support in case of domestic violence and rape. The organization managed to open an aid center in Kayanza, where about seven women seek treatment every month after being violated or raped. I got a chance to visit this center and to witness the important work they do in the ground. "The center has established its reputation as a non-partial aid giver and supported many women over the time of its existence since 2010", says Leoncie Mshinirinaya, the head of the women's shelter.
Local projects like this are invaluable within communities, and often have a great impact in promoting development and better livelihoods. In addition to the support the Women's center offers in occurrence of violations, it also enhances the women's role as employers and entrepreneurship by giving the women an access to livestock and farming facilities.
Blogger: Riikka LeppanenPhoto: Leoncie Mshinirinaya