Consultative Meeting in Uganda gives rise to a Faith Women Mediator’s Network
A national level faith women consultative meeting held in Kampala-Uganda from 3rd – 6th April, 2022, resolved to establish a Faith Women mediator’s network in Uganda.
The two-day meeting, organized by the Catholic Commission of Uganda and Uganda Episcopal conference in collaboration with the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) with the support of FECCLAHA/NCA Eastern Africa Regional Peace Programme, provided space for faith women and other key stakeholders to develop a framework for increasing women participation and engagement in peace building processes in the country.
It further created space for consensus building on the strategies and policy directions to fast track the participation of faith women in peace building. Consequently, Faith Women mediator’s network in Uganda was established to, among others, enhance and address the participation of women.
The meeting attracted participants from different fields: CSOs, academia, FBOs , members of Regional faith Women Mediators Network Uganda, and regional representatives including Women faith leaders from North and North Eastern Uganda who also resolved to develop a plan to engage religious and Faith Women in Karamoja and work with them to end the current conflicts in Karamoja-Uganda.
Uganda now joins the list of four National Faith Women Mediators’ Country Chapters founded by FECCLAHA through its Regional Faith Women Mediation Network’s (REFWOMEN) engagements in the region since its official launch in September, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda as a structure to coordinate and consolidate the Faith Women’s voice for sustainable peace.
These include: the National Women’s Link for Peace in South Sudan; Faith Women Mediators Network in Kenya; Rwanda Faith Women Peace Mediators Network – RFWPM; and the Faith Women Network in Sudan established in March 2017, September 2018, September 2019 and November 2019 respectively. These structures ensure that advocacy at the regional level is not only rooted but also relevant to the context of the grass roots level.