About this activity
We partnered with UN Women and the Westminster foundation for Democracy (WFD) to organise the engagement with the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) on the Marriage and Divorce Bill, 2009. The engagement set out among many to address the misconception of the bill, to clarify on the contentious issues and to discuss the obstacles standing in front of the bill.
Furthermore, the engagement of UPPA Journalists on the Marriage and Divorce Bill, 2009 was meant to address a number of issues contained in the bill including the Human Rights aspects in the bill and the proposed amendment of the bill. Understanding the key human rights principles which include the indivisibility and universality of all rights (i.e. all human rights are linked and applicable to all human beings globally) and the right of all human beings to equality and non-discrimination.
The engagement was facilitated by Justice David Batema, a judge of the High Court of Uganda, Lillianne Kiwanuka from Uganda Law Reform Commission, Prof. Fred Bateganya from the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University. The plenary sessions were directed by Joseph Munyangabo from Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Programs Manager UN Women, Agrippiner Nandhego.
The UPPA Journalists were trained in an array of topics that relate to Marriage and Divorce Bill such as Introduction to Gender, Human Rights and Violence, Constitutional Rights of Men and Women and Existing Law on Marriage, Pending Legislation in Parliament of Uganda as At 30th May 2018, The Concept of Equality, Discrimination and Non-Discrimination, The sites of Gender Based Discrimination, Sociological aspects in the Marriage and Divorce Bill, What Constitutes and the Contents of Marriage and Divorce bill, and Gender and the Media.
The media plays an important role in shaping the narrative in society, and has often come short in considering the gender aspects of reporting that not only respects women but also countering stereotypes and narratives that propagate prejudice against women. For those that cover parliament, it is important to be gender sensitive while reporting and therefore, training and capacity building in this area is vital.