WiPS will run workshops on wellness and build sisterhood as well as publish a book on the stories of women in the public service policy processes. The book shall document stories of women in the public sector nearing or in retirement as well as those of young women in the space who we are working on a journey or soon to embark on the journey in public service.
“As we aspire towards taking Uganda to middle income status as outlined in Uganda Vision 2040 and NDP3; aspire towards achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030 (SDGs that ensure that ‘No One is Left Behind’); walk towards realizing the various African Union Commitments (esp. the AU Women’s Decade, the AU Agenda 2063, AU 50:50 Gender Parity Declaration); lets recommit to prioritizing women in the public sector,” said Solome Nakaweesi.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung (RBSG)
The Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation) (RBSG) is one of the major foundations in Europe that is associated with a private company. The Foundation was founded in 1964 on behalf of The Will of Robert Bosch. Through its work, RBSG has followed the legacy of Robert Bosch for over 50 years, continuing his commitment to social and societal causes in a contemporary form. As such, the Foundation is continuing the legacy of its founder Robert Bosch, who urged his descendants to keep searching for answers to the issues of their time.
As a Foundation, RBSG supports a total of 184 Projects in 140 Countries around the World. And in Africa, RBSG currently supports 12 projects – The WiPS Uganda Programme is one of these 12 Projects supported in Africa. In 2018, RBSG invested as total of Euros 60,000,000 (60 Million Euros) in project funding. Since the start of 2018, alongside RBSG ongoing project work, the Foundation has been concentrating on global challenges as well as developments in philanthropy, as a basis for developing new topics for international funding.
In October 2018, The Robert Bosch Foundation undertook a Uganda Country Mapping and Analysis to analyse leadership in advancing women’s rights in public decision-making processes in Uganda and the conditions that need to be in place to improve their situation.
Based on this in-depth analysis, in May 2019; RBSG in consultation with 4 identified Consortium Partner organisations jointly developed a programme to support Women in Uganda’s Public Sector (WiPS) in terms of building leadership, mentorship and connecting them with their counterparts in the political sphere and in the mainstream women’s movement and civil society. The WiPS Pilot Programme majorly focuses on: joint learning and experimenting within and amongst the programme partners, less on delivering outputs.
The WiPS Programme is expected to be piloted for one year from October 2019 through to October 2020. It will be implemented at the national level ( in 6 Sectors – Health, Education, Justice, Law and Order, Social Development, Public Sector Management and Local Government Sectors) and at the Local Government Level in Northern Uganda and Central Uganda (in the districts of: Gulu, Pader, Agago, Omoro, Nwoya, Amuru, Mukono, Wakiso, Mpigi, Luwero and Kampala
Districts are already embracing the programme, if comments by the Gulu Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) James Bedijo Okumu.
He boasted that his district already has five women in top positions in management and intends to increase it.
@FOWODE_UGANDA values strategic partnerships. We thank the Chief Administrative Officer of Luwero for honouring our invite to the #WIPSprojectlaunch and look forward to working with you @EOC_UGANDA @uwonet @FemmeForteUg @NAWOUga pic.twitter.com/RILx0gf8WV
— Patricia Munabi (@patriciamunabi) December 5, 2019
VIDEO: #Gulu Deputy CAO James Bedijo Okumu boasts that his district has 5 women in top positions in management. This at Launch of the 👩🏿💼#Women in Public Sector #WiPS national 🇺🇬 🌍 programme #WiPslaunch2019#WomenInPublicSector@femmeforteug @EOC_UG@uwonet @FOWODE_UGANDA pic.twitter.com/qIbSl6GrJl
— Louis Jadwong (@Jadwong) December 5, 2019