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 GOU-UNFPA GENDER COMPONENT (GENDER MAINSTREAMING; AND SEXUAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE)

PROJECT PROFILE

GOU Code 1000

UNFPA Codes UGA 6G102 and UGA 6G103

Title GOU-UNFPA Gender Component (Gender

Mainstreaming; and Sexual and Gender Based

Violence)

Implementing Agency Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

Location Kampala

Overall Budget US$ 3.0M

Funds Secured US$ 2.0M (UNFPA Regular Resources)

Other Sources US $ 1.0M (Including GOU Counterpart)

Duration 5 Years

Start Date 2010

Coverage Gulu, Masindi, Arua, Kapchorwa and Kanungu Districts, as well as the centre.

1.0 Background

Addressing gender inequality and basic rights of the poor and vulnerable are important challenges for mplementing the government’s overarchning policy framework as defined under the Poverty radication Action Plan (PEAP). There is compelling evidence to show that, due to systematic socialcultural practices of discrimination against women and other vulnerable groups, there is an intrinsic tendency for most sectoral development programmes not to equitably reach or benefit women and the vulnerable (UPPAP- PPA2). There is therefore need for deliberate efforts to design programmes for ensuring that national and local government development programmes consciously target and benefit both women and men.

Further, communities, especially women and girls have inadequate information about their civic and human rights. As a result, the poor and vulnerable remain subject to abuse as exemplified by the continued instances of sexual and gender-based violence and child abuse among others. In addition, women are physically more vulnerable in terms of poor maternal health and HIV infection. The situation is worsened by the inadequate access by abused women and girls to services (medical, legal and psycho-socio) which further exacerbates their ill health and deepens their poverty.

Through the Government of Uganda- UNFPA Country Programme 6 support cycle (2006-2010), a specific component on gender was designed to complement government’s efforts in addressing poverty eradication challenges. The Gender project activities cover five districts namely Gulu, Masindi, Arua, Kapchorwa and Kanungu, as well as the centre.

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