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 a 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 offer 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 excitement for 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 continues 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.

Aimed at:-

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.

 

Through the amplifying WOMEN's VOICE program we spearheaded a campaign that brought together stakeholder to discuss and pledge to reduce and end teenage pregnancy or in Northern Uganda whose is at 28% far from the national rate of 24% The campaign comprised of 400 women, 100 school girls and boys and 357 community participants including cultural, religious and academicians and activists from Gulu, Nwoya and Omoro Districts all discussing the Theme: WATCH the TRAP: Teenage Pregnancy a Grave Set Back To Development

2018 THEME: TEENAGE PREGNANCY A GRAVE SET BACK TO DEVELOPMENT

Through our amplifying WOMEN's VOICE program we spearheaded a campaign that brought together stakeholder to discuss and pledge to reduce and end teenage pregnancy or in Northern Uganda whose is at 28% far from the national rate of 24% The campaign comprised of 400 women, 100 school girls and boys and 357 community participants including cultural, religious and academicians and activists from Gulu, Nwoya and Omoro Districts all discussing the Theme: WATCH the TRAP: Teenage Pregnancy a Grave Set Back To Development. This campaign resulted into a formation of a coalition of 15 like-minded organization 

OUR MANDATE

Volunteer Action Network is a member of the Gender Working Group, a member of Northern Uganda women  Human rights Network, Member to the CSOs  coalition against child Marriage and any form of abuse

 

Contact US:

Office:+256392914218

Mob: +256752328735

Toll-Free  0800 900 444

Email: info@vacnetwork.org

Website: www.vacnetwork.org

Find US:

Plot 22, Pece School Road, P.O.Box 1341 Gulu, Uganda.

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Volunteer Action Network

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