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Working towards gender equality in the digital age

The agreed conclusions adopted by Member States at the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) that was held in New York from 6th to 18th March 2023 resonate with the current strategic direction of CPAR Uganda – 2020 to 2030.

On the basis of grassroots consultations in our CPAR Uganda geographic area of operation, we are fundraising in order to raise funds to implement projects intended to provide hundreds of grassroots women of greater northern Uganda affected by sexual and gender based violence:

  • With effective opportunities to heal
  • Spaces to speak out and up against sexual and gender-based violence
  • Empowerment to secure their land use rights and food sovereignty.

Simultaneously, we, at CPAR Uganda, desires to contribute to the body of empirical qualitative knowledge on the nexus of sexual and gender-based violence, constructive dispossession of women of their land and food insecurity in greater northern Uganda.

Among the agreed conclusions at the CSW67 were initiatives to promote innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality. According to the “Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms the role of technology and innovation, and education in the digital age in accelerating gender equality,” it was agreed that such initiatives must consider the following:  

  • Develop digital tools and services to address the needs of all women and girls, across sectors and geographies, especially for their education, health, economic empowerment and engagement in public life, and ensure women and girls have access to digital literacy and skills throughout their life course. 
  • Mainstream gender in digital policies to remove barriers to equal access for all women and girls, including those living in poverty, in rural, maritime or remote areas, with disabilities, Indigenous women and girls, migrant women and girls, and older women.  
  • Foster a policy of zero tolerance for gender-based violence that occurs through or is amplified by the use of technology and ensure that public and private sector entities prioritize its prevention and elimination. 
  • Mainstream a gender perspective in the design of emerging technologies and adopt regulations to ensure they are subject to adequate safeguards to combat new risks, gender stereotypes and negative social norms, data privacy breaches and improve transparency and accountability.  
  • Promote policies and programmes to achieve gender parity in emerging scientific and technological fields and create supportive workplaces and education settings, including through gender-responsive education, distance learning solutions and interdisciplinary approaches combining the teaching of social sciences and scientific fields.  
  • Develop gender-responsive innovation that challenges gender stereotypes and negative social norms, including through the development of digital content, awareness campaigns and teaching competencies for positive engagement on digital technologies that engage, educate, encourage and empowers youth, including young men and boys, to become agents of change for gender equality. 

We are confident that our CPAR UgandCa proposed interventions accommodate the CSW67 recommended considerations. We thus appeal to all those who can, to lend us your social capital by connecting us to: 1) Potential funding partners; and 2) Like minded organisations operating in Uganda with whom we may work with in synergy for the greater good of womankind and our wider communities at large.

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