Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) has Wednesday been awarded with the Gender Responsive Budgeting award, in a ceremony which took place at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala.
The organisation was considered as one of the Civil Society Organisations with the most outstanding work towards Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB).
For many, this was considered a well-deserved award due to the organisation’s ability towards pioneering or breaking ground in this field especially in Uganda over time.
FOWODE’s ground breaking work led to the enactment of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 2015 with GRB provisions included within. This alone qualified Uganda as the first country globally to have the Gender and Equity certificate embedded in the law.
The certificate provides for an enforcement and accountability mechanism that makes room for an inclusive budgeting process in the Country.
Budgets are a reflection of government policy priorities. Policies reflect the extent to which different needs of women and men, boys and girls in society are addressed.
FOWODE’s decision to start GRB activities in Uganda was based on a 1997 resolution reached by a Special Interest Group (SIG) Caucus meeting in the Parliament of Uganda in August 1997 and since then, for two decades, FOWODE has been at the forefront of efforts to establish Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in Uganda.
“From a historical perspective, FOWODE has come a long way. Our work in Gender Responsive Budgeting started in 1997 and since then we have been gaining momentum fueled by the results and the impact from this work.
Our Village Budget Club model which was launched in 2010 has been instrumental in facilitating the building of demand for gender responsive service delivery and accountable leadership,” said Patricia Munabi, Executive Director FOWODE.
In 2016, FOWODE supported the formation of 120 Village Budget Clubs comprising of 4,262 people of whom 60% were female in 14 districts of Amuria, Amuru, Busia, Gulu, Kabale, Kibaale, Kibuku, Luwero, Lyantonde, Masindi, Mityana, Napak, Rukungiri and Wakiso.
Speaking to Chimpreports, Angella Kizito, Communications Officer at FOWODE said that, “Naturally, women, men, girls and boys often have very different strategic needs. This means that government policies and plans need to put this into consideration.
Women and people with disabilities are often under-represented; however, when systems are put in place, they act as checks and balances that ensure accountability and inclusive development.
In one way, FOWODE’s GRB work contributes to the solution that confronts inequality challenges that shrink women’s economic and leadership opportunities.”
The award does not come to FOWODE in a vacuum. For the last two decades, the organization worked with a number of partners both international and local.
Through her Journey, FOWODE obtained input from Academia such as the Makerere School of Women and Gender Studies, Media, CSO’s like ACFODE, CEEWA-U and CSBAG and different Ministries, Departments and Agencies.