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Current Initiatives

 1. The Enhanicing Rice-Green Gram Productivity in Northern Uganda (ERIGNU) Project.

Poverty levels in Northern Uganda remain the highest in the nation (UBOS,2016). Rice, a strategic crop in the national agricultural development strategy and a key crop in the multi-anual strategic plan of the Dutch Embassy in Kampala has very low average yields from farmlands in Northern Uganda. Small holder farmlands are cultivated every season with little soil nutrient replenishment. The land is often left un-utilized in between rice crops resulting in reduced land productivity. We propose to introduce greengram in rice cropping system to increase productivity.


Women and the Internet

Under this component, we have two key projects: 

Project Title:  Increasing women's decision making and influence in Internet Governance and ICT policy for the realisation of women's rights in Africa 

Funder: UN Women Fund for Gender Equality

The overall goal is to increase women's decision making and influence in internet governance and ICT policy for the realisation of women's rights in Africa. It will increase the capacity of women in South Africa and Uganda to discuss, analyse, respond to and influence policy on gender and internet governance more effectively.

The internet is a potentially transformative space. But there is a serious lack of integration of a gender, women’s rights and sexual rights perspective into internet governance conversations and processes. This is essential if the internet is to fulfill its transformational potential for all.

Women’sNet, WOUGNET and the Association of Progressive Communications will build the capacity of women leaders in Uganda and South Africa to increase their participation in internet governance and decision making making processes and empower them to influence the development of national laws and policies and regional processes about the internet and ICTs to respond to women’s strategic concerns in these two countries and in the region.

In addition the project will reach women’s rights and civil society activists, LGBTI activists, government representatives and community based activists through online consultations and participation.

The project in its second year will focus on:

- Capacity building using the Feminist Principles on the Internet

- Local Level Conversations on internet policy and women's participation and influence

- Gender and internet governance training (Gigx)

- Participation in Africa Internet Governance Forum and Global Internet Governance spaces by women 


Policy Advocacy

A survey carried out by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in 2014 found out that only 6% of Ugandan women are online. WOUGNET and Web Foundation conducted a survey in Uganda and found out that only 21% of women reported having used the internet verses 61% of men. The gender gap in Uganda is perpetuated  by a number of factors including limited access to the internet, lack of digital skills and empowerment of women, affordability of ICT services especially broadband connectivity, relevant content online as well as saftey and security of women users online.

The above constraints hinder women's ability to actively participate  and influence ICT Policy and decision making processes. Women must be at the forefront of ICT Policy and decision making processes for the internet to be a transformatve space for all. WOUGNET and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) conducted a desk review to ascertain the gender responsiveness of ICT policies and laws. The analysis of the laws were done on laws and policies such as the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, the Electronic Transactions and Signatures Acts, the Regulation on Interception of Communications Act among others.

Data Protection and Privacy Bill - A critical look at how it can hamper women's online use

The Data Protection Bill has many issues to contend with. First, there are issues regarding the current set of personal data and information that is in the hands of Telecom Companies, Government, Internet Service Providers [ISPs] and Private sectors such as Banks, Secondly, there are concerns on the aspects of data that is already out and the lack of provisions on; who is permitted by law to collect and own this data and under what circumstances can it be used or even may be misused. Furthermore, the Bill doesn’t provide for the length of time they should be in possession by any entity and how or where they should dispose of it.

This laxity in the bill may promote online harassment and violence against women as no checks and balances are provided within the Bill. The elements of online violence and harassment against women are not limited to hate speech (publishing a blasphemous libel), hacking (intercepting private communications), identity theft, online stalking (criminal harassment) and uttering threats but can also entail convincing a target to end their lives (counselling suicide or advocating genocide). The Internet also facilitates other forms of violence against girls and women including trafficking and sex trade. A law on data protection would help minimize cases of violence against women and girls that they are likely to face online.

If such personal data is in the wrong hands without a law on how its access or processed and for what purpose, then it can be used against the rights of women and girls hence infringement of their privacy. This may include accessing women’s private data without consent, monitoring, tracking and surveillance of women’s online and of ine activities, doxxing (researching and broadcasting personally identi able information about an individual without consent) and other acts such as divorcing a husband and he exposes your private nude photos online among others

A closer analysis of this Bill found that it lacked gender speci c provisions that protect women. It also lacks clear provisions for the privacy and protection of other vulnerable groups like, children and the elderly. It denies them the protection they need particularly in instances where they are named and their identity shown on televised programs including news putting them at risk of being ostracized, denied justice or even being sentenced by the communities they live in without a proper legal trial. It also doesn’t protect the rights of sexual minorities who may be victimized due to their sexual orientations by communities or people around them. The lack of legal provisions that protects women and girls may lead to women’s/ girl’s identity theft including deleting, changing or faking personal data, photos/videos of women who may be of target

Overall,  several recommendations are neccessary for ICT Policies and laws in Uganda to be sensitive. Some of these includes:

  • The laws enacted and any bill to be passed must have women’s unique perspectives and views integrated to produce a robust law that is gender sensitive
  • Gender auditing including a monitoring and implementation framework must be in place to ascertain progress in implementation and outcomes
  • Women should be involved in all stages on ICT policy implementation so that their views are included into policy formulation

  • Civil society organizations need to combine efforts and have an ICT strategy for engagement with policy makers and other stakeholders

  • All stakeholders views should be integrated into all ICT consultative processes and such processes must be exhaustive enough for all views to be captured

  • Government should have a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for all gender and ICT policies so that actual bene t accrues to the common person. 


Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priorities for 2014 - 2018

The following objectives shall guide WOUGNET programs and activities for the next 5 years:

  1. To provide relevant information to urban and rural women who share experiences for purposes of improving quality of lives.

  2. To provide technical support to women organizations so as to enable them access, utilize and apply ICTs in addressing their development problems.

  3. To effectively influence the formulation and implementation of gender sensitive ICT policies and programs, in collaboration with members and partners.

  4. To strengthen WOUGNET’s capacity and systems to develop and implement member driven programs 


People

this page will mainly talk about the different people WOUGNET is dealing with.


Key Results Areas

Result Areas

Over the next 5 years it is expected that this strategic direction shall lead to:

  1. At least 80% of members responding positively on the relevance and ability to use information materials disseminated
  2. At least 60% of active members actively using WOUGNET inspired ICT tools in their work and receiving technical support from WOUGNET
  3. Improved perception in the development sector of WOUGNET’s expertise and resources in gender sensitive policies and programs
  4. A 50% increase in financial resources generated for programs and activities
  5. Improved efficiencies and effectiveness in the implementation of WOUGNET programmes and member management 


Upcoming Events
Web 2.0 and Social Media Training
From: 15-Aug-2017 to: 18-Aug-2017 Book this event

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa
From: 27-Sep-2017 to: 29-Sep-2017 Book this event

Annual Internet Governance Forum 2017
From: 18-Dec-2017 to: 21-Dec-2017 Book this event

CyFy: The India Conference on Cyber Security...
From: 03-Oct-2017 to: 04-Apr-2017 Book this event

WRO: Policy Advocacy in Uganda
From: 17-Jul-2017 to: 27-Nov-2017 Book this event


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