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WOUGNET Update Newsletter - April 2002
Here is a list of what's new at the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)
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= Ntulume Village Women's Development Association (NVIWODA)
NVIWODA strives to create a window of opportunity for promotion of a
sustainable social, political and economic empowerment of women. In
line with this, NVIWODA established a Centre for Women
Entreprenuership and Career Development to impart entreprenuerial and
technological skills to the grassroot women. NVIWODA focuses on fully
equipping women with technical skills as well as enabling women's
access to modern information and communication technologies (ICTs),
and is currently seeking partners interested in collaborating with
NVIWODA in achieving these objectives.

= March 2002 update on Isis-WICCE activities around the Critical Area of
"Women and Armed Conflict".
(a) Report: Women's Experiences in Situations of Armed Conflict,1987-2001:
Teso experience.
The Report covers the experiences of women in situations of armed conflict
the districts of Soroti, Katakwi and Kumi, which make up the Teso region in
Eastern Uganda.
(b) Enabling Victims of Armed Conflict Smile again.
As part of the efforts to rebuild the shattered minds of the women affected
the armed conflict, Isis-WICCE in conjunction with a team of medical doctors
have embarked on a medical intervention exercise in Teso. This intervention
just a drop in the ocean. Many women and children will miss this opportunity
given the meagre resources. Any body who can help one more woman live a
life can contact Isis-WICCE.

= Gender Advisory Board Africa Region Secretariat
The Gender Advisory Board Africa Region Secretariat collaborates with
governments and all stakeholders, including international agents,
nation, local government organisations and the society, on matters of
Gender, Science and Technology for sustainable human development in
Africa. GAB Africa is hosted by the Association of Women Engineers,
Technicians and Scientists in Uganda (WETSU)

= Uganda Media Women's Association (UMWA) Call for Support
UMWA announces a campaign seeking exemption from paying for technical
services for Mama FM community radio station. UMWA has been granted 14
days by the Office of the President to appeal for an exemption from
the Minister of Finance starting from March 28th. When the Office of
the President - Department of Information does not receive a written
permission from the Minister of Finance by April 17th then Mama FM
will have to be disconnected but a debt totalling to Ug shs 7,623,000
has to be paid, and other funds have to be found if Mama FM will have
to continue transmitting. UMWA is seeking petitions to be sent in by
email or fax before April 7, 2002.
Details of the campaign are available at:


a) African/International Women Organisations

= Centre d'Espoir pour Filles et Femmes (C.E.F.F. - O.N.G.)
CEFF have launched their new website. Based in Lubumbashi, Democratic
Republic of Congo, CEFF's goal is to advocate the girls' and women's
rights in promoting their formal education and vocational training as
well as to help them to find sustainable solutions through loans. The
goal is to make them self-sufficient - to be economically independent.

b) Agriculture

= Update: CD-ROM for Rural Women in Africa
A CD-ROM entitled "Rural Women in Africa: Ideas for Earning Money"
tries to meet the demand of providing content material to use online
once rural women have access to computers. Designed as a visual
"computer book," it allows the user to easily navigate using only a
click of the "mouse."
Since the first field test of the programme in February 2001, the
women farmers at the Nakaseke telecenter have been greatly empowered
by the programme and are outspoken in their support for the project,
for the information given, and for future possibilities.
(Report includes pictures taken at Nakaseke)

c) Development

=  Baobabconnections
The Baobabconnections project wants to provide an environment for
young people from Africa and the Netherlands to share stories and
express opinions about globalisation. If we want to know what
globalisation is, how it affects the world in general and our world
in particular, we need to meet at the Baobab tree and talk about it.
The website will host an extensive information database on
globalisation as a useful resource tool for people that want to
formulate and share their own ideas on the website.

= Child Development Foundation
The Child Development Foundation is an initiative concerned with the
education of disadvantaged children in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. C.D.F's
mission is to provide education assistance to the needy so as to
enable them enjoy equal social, economic and political opportunities
with the rich who have all opportunities at their disposal.

= Family SupportNet
Family SupportNet is a website designed for individuals with
disabilites of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and their
families to access disability resources on the Internet. The site
includes links to international communities, accessible activities for
families, health issues, education, disability issues and more.

= Potential Resource Center
Potential Resource Centre (PRC) is a Ugandan non-governmental
organization of young professionals whose aim is to identify the
potential resources within themselves, their immediate communities,
the country and the international communities and turn and/or exploit
the potentials to achieve social, economic and personal professional
development goals.

d) ICT-related organisations

= Computers for Africa
Computers for Africa collects used computers, refurbishes them, and
ships them to African high schools and non-profit organizations. We
are developing a model whereby U.S. cities can partner with villages
in Least Developed Nations to help bridge the international  digital


March 2002

= Global Women's Voices: An Online Dialogue-Featuring Global Women
Leaders From Around the World
In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, women leaders
from Brazil, India, Uganda, and the United States, discussed the
successes and challenges facing women in different parts of the world
in a series of live chats from March 5-7 at:
http://www.feministcampus.org/globalvoices.asp. Global Women's
Voices: An Online Dialogue was a joint initiative of OneWorld U.S.,
Feminist Majority Foundation, PLANetWIRE.org, Women's EDGE, Global
Health Council and Digital Freedom Network. Rehema Baguma, WOUGNET
Administration Board member, participated in the online dialogue.

= FOWODE: seeking book writer
Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) has been implementing the
Women's Intergenerational Learning and Documentation (WILD) Project.
Its goal is to build women's leadership skills through
intergenerational learning and documenting women's contributions to
the political process of Uganda from the 1940s to date. The main
output of this project is a book, which records women's experience in
their leadership carriers over generations. More than 30 stories have
been recorded on audiotapes and later transcribed. FOWODE is now
looking for a writer to read, analyse and put together the above
stories into a book of up to 250 pages following set guidelines.

May 2002

= Call for women artists from East Africa
The University of California-Berkeley African Studies Center is
engaged in an academic exhibition of fine art opening this fall
(August-December 2002) involving East African artists. The focus of
the exhibition centers on the Uganda Women's Movement, and will
feature original works by artists of both sexes, accompanied by
information related to this topic. Art works are expected at the
Center by end of May 2002.

June 2002

= Horn of Africa Regional Conference on Women and ICTs
The Horn of Africa Regional Conference on Women and Information and
Communication Technologies (ICTs) is to raise awareness on ICT
amongst women in the Horn of Africa region and to explore
opportunities for harnessing the technology to work as a tool for
their development. The conference is organised by the African Centre
for Women, Information & Communications Technology (ACWICT), a
non-governmental organisation in Kenya committed to promoting the use
of ICTs amongst women in the African Region.

September 2002

= Youth Employment Summit, Egypt, September 11-15, 2002
The Youth Employment Summit will be the first time diverse
stakeholders convene to focus their attention on addressing youth
employment. The Summit in Alexandria will be the launch pad for the
Decade Campaign of Action to promote youth employment. Leading up to
September 2002, the YES Secretariat is raising awareness on the issue
of youth employment to develop the necessary support systems for youth
to have productive and sustainable livelihoods.

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