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Conflict resolution and community action for the indigenous Batwa Empowerment Project

GWEFODE implemented Conflict resolution and community action for the Batwa Empowerment Project supported by UN Trust Fund for the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Activities included Human Rights Sensitization workshops, Consultative meeting with local Government leaders, Dialogue through roundtable and media campaigns such as radio jingles and distribution of information, education and communication materials.




CAPTION: Representatives of Batwa communities and stakeholders line up to elect human rights and peace support committees

The project sensitized Batwa women, youth, local leaders and other stakeholders about conflict resolution and peace building techniques and raised awareness for the rights of the marginalized Indigenous Peoples. GWEFODE further organized dialogue meeting with the Bantu representatives, Civil Society, conservation agencies, local governments and stakeholders on how the Batwa can secure their land rights and to dig deeper into the meaning and implication of securing human rights for the Batwa and make appropriate recommendations that will contribute to peaceful coexistence and improved quality of life of the Batwa in Kabale. The project established Human Rights and Peace Support Committees at sub county level to increase monitoring and reporting of human rights violations against the Batwa. Among project results are the raising awareness of the Batwa on their right to Water and Sanitation and other economic, social and cultural rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples; Information dissemination to different stakeholders and community members on the Water and Sanitation plight of Indigenous Batwa Communities. The beneficiaries and stakeholders have gained knowledge about water and sanitation as a human right, disputes resolution and mediation in case of water conflict, which the community will continue to make use of. The locals have now began to accept the Batwa as part of their community and this is manifested in reduced conflict over water between the Batwa and the Bakiga tribal communities as well as the founding of Human Rights and Peace Support Committees to monitor and report violation of Human Rights in communities.

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Participatory Governance & Gender Equity Advocacy

GWEFODE’s work is to Promote Participatory Governance using Rights Based Approach to programming and gender equity in development as well as participation in decision making.
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Gender Based Violence Prevention & Response

GWEFODE mobilizes resources to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence access free medical treatment and psychosocial support.
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Conflict Resolution & Peace Building

GWEFODE seeks to improve the capacity of community based mediators and local leaders to resolve conflicts and enhance effective and efficient justice delivery in the informal justice system.
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Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

GWEFODE undertakes research on best agricultural practices that are sustainable and environmentally friendly and sharing these with farmers in Uganda.
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Sustainable Energy Efficient Technologies

Over 95% of households in Kabale district use biomass fuels (firewood and charcoal) to cook on traditional stoves. This reliance on firewood presents mothers with impossible choices.
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Vocational Education & Training

GWEFODE supports entrepreneurial development through equipping marginalized women and youth with skills such as tailoring, candle making and making charcoal briquettes aimed at income generation.
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Water Sanitation & Hygiene

GWEFODE improves the management of water sources through refresher trainings and sensitization of community members especially women and children on better use.
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HIV/AIDS & Malaria Prevention

GWEFODE disseminates Information, Education and Communication IEC/ Behavior Change Communication (BCC) campaigns and materials focused on orphans and vulnerable children.
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Maternal and Child Health

GWEFODE creates awareness on maternal and child health and advocates for improved health services to reduce on maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
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A joint Statement on The Right of Indigenous Batwa People to Land and Natural Resources in Uganda Submitted by GWEFODE and France Libertes to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

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