CEWIGO works to mobilize and develop a critical mass of women with the capacity to spearhead development.
CEWIGO envisions a world that values and cherishes good governance where women and men equally participate and benefit from decision making.
- Design and implement strategies to increase the effective participation of women, including young women, in all areas of politics and governance.
- Advocate for gender equality in leadership and in formulating and implementing laws, policies and programmes.
- Provide a forum for women to influance politicians and the electorate to work together to transform politics and gorvanance for the common good.
- Encourage and support solidality, partnership and collaboration of women leaders in Eastern Africa, Africa and internationally through information sharing, seminars, workshops and conferences.
- Building women’s leadership to monitor implementation of laws, policies and international instruments that safeguard women’s rights.
- Contribute to the building and sustaining of the women’s movement in Uganda, East Africa and worldwide.
The primary beneficiaries of CEWIGO are women in politics or intending to join politics at the national and local levels irrespective of their political party affiliations. Other beneficiaries include; women not in politics but in leadership positions, people with disabilities, men, young girls and children.
I note that women have got political space in this country through affirmative action but we seem to be occupying space without power to influence decisions to make them gender responsive to the interests of women. This is despite having one of the most gender sensitive constitutions in the world. Women in Uganda have been increasingly occupying the political arena with 32.2% in parliament, 30% at local government councils and between 20-30% in cabinet and other governmental bodies like the judiciary.
We have carried out a research on the impact of women’s contribution to formulate and implement policies and laws in sectors of health, education and family but our results show little achievement for women in those sectors. Women of Uganda continue to cry out for the enactment of laws of marriage, divorce, inheritance and gender based violence yet it is more than 20years of the NRM government; the leadership which has been greatly acclaimed for being gender responsive.
I realised that it can be frustrating to have women participating in politics but who, at the same time, lack the capacity to influence laws and decisions. That is why I set out to build the capacity of women to have them focus more on legislation and not numbers. CEWIGO exists to build a cadre of women irrespective of their political party; with knowledge, information, skills and capacity to contest for elective positions at both local and national levels and also be appointed into positions of governance.
The Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO) is a nonpartisan, not for profit, and non-governmental organization established in 2006 in Uganda, committed to the promotion of effective and equal participation of women and men in all spheres and at all levels of decision making. CEWIGO’s office is located in Kampala the capital city of Uganda, while its activities are implemented at national and district levels.
CEWIGO was established by women and men who share the vision of governance that affirms gender equality, integrity, accountability, sustainable development and peace. The organization will continue to espouse these values. We have been encouraged by the alumni of our training who have displayed unbelievable courage and enthusiasm to run for office come 2011, equipped with new knowledge and skills.
We will continue to work diligently to increase the role of women as voters, party leaders, activists and candidates for effective elective office. We hope that women’s organizations can have the space to work in peace during this critical time in the country’s history.