Amplifying WOMEN'S VOICE
To address the issue of gender inequality, violence, land rights, food security, SRHR and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, We created and hosts a drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon. Women create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance. Performances focus on the issues of inequality, education, health, social accountability and governance issues.
Women use the unique opportunity as a vehicle to directly speak to the men and community leaders who are in attendance. Because the issues addressed are sensitive and can be difficult to discuss directly, using music, dance and drama offers a different way to communicate while providing many other benefits including maintaining and celebrating cultural traditions. The festival events provide a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive subject matters; it promotes unity and team building, elevates women’s voices, and offers the opportunity to be creative and innovative. The event is a celebration of the Acholi culture and history.
The competition provided a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive subject matters; promoted unity and team building; and offered women the opportunity to be creative and innovative. The feedback for the yearly event is overwhelmingly positive and creates an excitement for in the community.
By encouraging the idea of traditional music, dance, and drama in the local language, the culture of the area would be preserved, and the relevance of these issues to the community would be elevated. Due to the positive response and overwhelming success of the event, VacNet continue to host the event annually.
This thematic focus facilitates collaboration for strong women’s voice and visibility to demand for accountability, evidence based and user-friendly research, strengthen networking and information sharing on selected areas of focus and key emerging issues.
Through the event we advocate for the change of attitudes and mindsets towards the rights of women and girls, advocate for gender responsive laws and access to justice. This thematic area puts emphasis on movement building.
1- Challenging the negative cultural practices and advocate for the enforcement of laws and processes that protect women’s rights and access to justice.
2- Strengthening networking and information sharing amongst stakeholders through women’s spaces.