Norway is continuing its efforts to promote women’s rights in northern and northeastern Uganda through the new agreement signed by State Secretary Ingrid Fiskaa during her visit to Uganda.
“I have seen the importance of the work being done in Uganda by the UN and the organisations it cooperates with. Therefore, I am very pleased that we can continue this cooperation,” said Ms. Fiskaa.
The situation in northern Uganda is particularly difficult. Women have very low status and are generally regarded as men’s property. Moreover, many men have been traumatised by the war, and there is a great deal of aggression against women. Norway is supporting a project in Gulu in which women and men are taught about their rights. Several of the women Ms Fiskaa met during her visit told her that their marriages were now much better, and that there was more cooperation and less violence.
“It was very encouraging to meet those who have participated in the programme and to hear that both women and men have changed their view of women’s status. This shows how important it is to reach the men as well. We won’t get anywhere unless men change their attitudes,” said Ms Fiskaa.
Under the new agreement, Norway will contribute USD10.8 million to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) over a three-year period. The funds are to be used to combat violence against women, improve the status of women and provide medical treatment and legal assistance to women and children who are subject to abuse. The UNPFA will work together with local organisations and other UN organisations.
Photos from Ingrid Fiskaa’s visit to Uganda and the signing of the agreement are available on Flickr.