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UN-Habitat visit male champions and female advocates in Mukono

On May 17, a team from Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), an extended arm of UN-Habitat visited some of the beneficiaries of the gender related activities implemented by Uganda Land Alliance in Mukono district.
The main reason for the visit was; to share experiences, work of Uganda Land Alliance by involving the beneficiaries of the concept – Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC).
GEC primarily empowers men and women to be champions of activities that ensure (there are) equal opportunities in access, control and use of land and related property.

The visitors included; Mr. Maurits Spoelder, the Regional Director [MDF] Training and Consultancy for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mr. Antonio Danilo, Mr. Samuel Mabike and Mr. Simon Peter Mwesigye among others.

The others included ULA's Executive Director, Mr. Edmond Owor and his junior staff, Mr. Julius Businge (Communications Officer).

Ms. Marjorie Kironde, a female advocate was the main host alongside other four beneficiaries. Ms Kironde said ULA's intervention in the district has boosted their understanding of women land rights.

"I have been married here to Mr. Kironde for many years; I now know my rights on this land and on other property of ours," she said as she shared her success story on GEC.
Ms. Kironde does several farming activities on her highly valued 6-acres of land in Mukono district on top of other activities.

"I have the confidence to farm on this land because I understand that it is mine and no one has a right to send me away," she said, I am happy with my husband; he is cooperative and has no intentions to violate my rights.

Other beneficiaries equally shared similar experiences. They however, asked ULA through its funders to continue empowering them through trainings so they can understand more and other emerging issues surrounding the GEC.

The five beneficiaries are part of the many female advocates and male champions that ULA works with while implementing gender related activities in the district.

On his part, Mr. Spoelder said that he liked the experiences shared by the beneficiaries and wished the team well.
Several development partners have applauded ULA for its efforts in promoting gender mainstreaming in land governance in Uganda. Many have expressed interest to support its subsequent activities related to the GEC.

By ULA's Communication Department
Posted 30th, May 2016
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