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WLEDE Collaborates with Diverse Stakeholders to Drive Democratic Processes and Gender Equality in Uganda

November 17, 2023      

Women’s Leadership and Development (WLEDE) remains committed to effecting policy change and advancing gender equality within Uganda’s political landscape. In a recent strategic move, WLEDE engaged with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, including Diplomatic missions, Members of Parliament (MPs), grassroots Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), representatives from Uganda Police Force (UPF), Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), along with Civil Society Organizations.

This engagement coincided with WLEDE’s active participation in the dissemination of the ‘State of Democracy in Uganda and Africa’ report produced by Hatchille Consult Limited under the Afrobarometer umbrella. Afrobarometer, a pan-African independent research network, conducts comprehensive surveys measuring public sentiments on economic, political, and social matters across 39 African countries, with headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

Uganda has actively participated in Afrobarometer surveys since 2000, with rounds in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, facilitated by national partner Hatchile Consult Ltd. The latest round, Round 9, delved into critical themes such as democracy and governance, trust in state institutions, accountability, corruption, political and electoral reforms, identity and citizenship, poverty, livelihood, economic well-being, justice and rights, political participation, security, and public safety.

The survey encompassed diverse demographics and geographical regions, revealing pivotal findings. It highlighted a concerning trend of declining democracy, with increased demand for democratic governance. The support for term and age limits gained traction, signaling a populace keen on institutional reforms. Additionally, the survey highlighted escalating demands for accountability and identified autocracy as a significant threat in several African states, advocating for multi-party politics.

WLEDE reaffirms its commitment to engage and collaborate with key stakeholders, advocating for accountability and striving towards sustainable development across Uganda. Through active participation and engagement with various sectors, WLEDE aims to bolster democratic principles, advocate for gender equality, and foster an inclusive political landscape for the nation’s progress and development.