Private Sector Foundation Uganda in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development have awarded selected private sector enterprises for piloting and scaling up innovative models to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in the workplace.
The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign held annually Nov.25-Dec10 provides a platform for awareness and immediate action against gender-based violence which affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.
“Through the year, PSFU in partnership with UNDP has been implementing the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Programme to eliminate violence against women and girls in Uganda,” said Victoria Sekitoleko, the vice chairperson, PSFU board, at the hybrid event held at the Hotel Africanna recently.
PSFU has also collaborated with the Ministry of Energy to deliver training services for women-led and women-focused mining associations in enterprise development as part of the programme’s effort to secure women’s livelihood towards protection from exposure to GBV.”
This year’s private sector dialogue focused on showcasing various private-sector led efforts to address GBV in the workplace in the manufacturing, mining and services sector. A number of private sector enterprises were recognized for piloting and scaling up innovative models to prevent and respond to GBV in the workplace receiving the “Innovation Challenge Award’.
“I join my colleagues at UNDP, the Government of Uganda and all Ugandans to call for
global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and explore interventions to
eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls,” said H.E Elsie Attafauh, UNDP
Resident Representative in Uganda. Attafauh added: “I recognize the United Nations family, including the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UN-RCO), UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNHCR that are jointly implementing the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. We have made great strides on this initiative, although together we have to do more.”