The National Women’s Week is one of the platforms established by Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) as a space to deeply reflect on reawakening the women’s movement in order to advance women’s cause, realizing that the desired change in a woman’s life will be delivered by the woman herself and only achievable by undermining differences in age, class, education, race and economic status among others through encouraging a common voice.
The National Women’s Week is a biennial event whose purpose is to provide a platform to reflect and revive the women’s movement in Uganda. The event brings together women and men from different walks of life and across sectors to network, share knowledge and experiences to holistically address the multi-dimensional factors that continue to impede women’s empowerment and gender transformation.
Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) held the first ever National Women’s Week in October 2012, to celebrate women’s contributions to Uganda’s development since independence in 1962. Through a range of weeklong activities the UWONET and her partners reached out to communities, different stakeholders, shared ideas and aspirations and ultimately the event served to catalyze a cohesive united Ugandan Women’s Movement. The event also served as a platform that developed strategies to bridge the gap in a cross section of women in the country.
Following the success of the 1st National Women’s Week and efforts to build on UWONET’s ongoing women’s networking for a sustained and strong women’s movement, it was agreed that the National Women’s Week be organized biennially. The 2nd National Women’s Week was organized in 2014 under the theme “Acknowledging Our Diversities: Celebrating Our Unity”. The event was held alongside the Commemoration of 20 Years of UWONET. UWONET’s 20th Anniversary celebrated and consolidated past achievements in policy influence and engagement for women’s rights, gender equality and national development and further informed future engagements on gender transformation and women’s rights.
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