The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) on Friday 13th March, 2020 embarked on a series of workshops to sensitize staff on the Makerere University Policy and Regulations Against Sexual Harassment (PRASH) of 2006, as amended in 2018 as well as the Gender Equality Policy (MUGEP) 2009. The first of four workshops brought together participants from the Colleges of; Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Education and External Studies (CEES), Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) and the School of Law (LAW).
Makerere University in 1998 took the lead among Higher Education Institutions in the region by establishing the Senate Committee on Gender Mainstreaming which did the preparatory work for the creation of the Gender Mainstreaming Programme (GMP). This was followed by the establishment of the Gender Mainstreaming Division (GMD) under the Academic Registrar’s Department in 2000 and subsequently, creation of an independent Directorate in 2009.
Setting the tone for the workshop, Ms. Susan Mbabazi, the Principal Gender Officer, GMD shared that the purpose of the training was to create awareness among members of the Makerere University community about mainstreaming gender in the core functions of: Teaching and Learning; Research and Innovations; Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Networking as well as Support Services.
“The training is also aimed at enhancing staff capacities to mainstream gender in their respective functions as well as developing a common understanding about roles, responsibilities and obligations in implementing the Gender Equality Policy and the Policy and Regulations Against Sexual Harassment” explained Ms. Mbabazi.
Taking participants through Complaints and Reporting Mechanisms with regard to the Policy and Regulations Against Sexual Harassment (PRASH), the Deputy Director, GMD, Ms. Frances Nyachwo shared that the rules were applicable to Staff (Academic, Administrative and Support), Students as well as contractors, partners and visitors to university premises. In particular, she urged the staff or any persons in authority to always take steps to advance complaints reported to them in a timely and appropriate manner because failure to do so subjects them to disciplinary action under the PRASH.
“The complaint may be informal, in which case the victim wishes for immediate action to be taken; for instance, issuing a warning the harasser, but is not ready to lodge a formal complaint. A formal complaint on the other hand must be written and signed containing the: name, address and contact details of the complainant; date of the complaint; nature and details of the act or conduct complained about; and any other relevant details concerning the complaint” said Ms. Nyachwo.
The Deputy Director went on to share that all formal complaints received by GMD are then forwarded to the Vice Chancellor to appoint an Ad hoc Committee composed of a minimum of three and maximum seven members from the Roster of 100, to further investigate the complaint.
Prof. Grace Bantebya from the School of Women and Gender Studies is an experienced lecturer, researcher and advocate for gender equality and social transformation who has witnessed first-hand the plight of the girl child. Making her presentation on “Reporting and Investigating Sexual Harassment at Makerere University” she noted that the vice mainly draws on a culture that emphasizes the male identity and its connotations as well as power imbalance between the victim and harasser.
She noted that investigating committees were often challenged by resource constraints that hindered the launch of full-fledged investigations as well as fear by victims, survivors and bystanders to testify against abusers. “Additionally, the investigations at times take over six months to complete, which is too long for victims or survivors to receive justice.”
Prof. Bantebya however recommended for the reduction of spaces, situations that tilted the power balance towards abusers as well as additional budgetary support to GMD and its committees to carry out detailed investigations. “Finally, the reporting system should be separated from the teaching and learning processes and reported cases should be handled expeditiously.”
“Makerere University shall take all necessary steps to engender the curricula of all its academic programmes” reads the first policy resolution of the MUGEP. Making a presentation on “Mainstreaming Gender in Makerere University Curricula”, Acting Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine shared that the unit regularly conducts a gender audit of all proposed academic programmes before they are approved by Council.
Touching on research and innovations, Dr. Baine said it was important to holistically integrate gender dimensions in all research projects and programmes, including composition of research teams. “In our trainings, we always urge researchers not to simply add the gender component as an afterthought but incorporate gender analysis all through the research process. This starts right from generation of ideas, designing the research, methodology, data collection, data analysis and report writing and to dissemination of the findings.”
The final presentation on the day was by the Senior Gender Officer, GMD, Mr. Eric Tumwesigye on “Gender and Equity Budgeting Certification Process and Requirements”. He noted that it was important for units to be aware of the legal provisions in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 2015 in order for their budgets to be issued a gender and equity certification of compliance “by the Minister responsible for Finance in consultation with the Equal Opportunities Commission.”
In particular, Mr. Tumwesigye outlined key issues for the Education sector as; Sexual harassment, Gross imbalance in female participation among academic staff at all levels, Underrepresentation of women in higher level decision-making committees and senior administrative positions, Underrepresentation of women in science disciplines, Limited support and spaces for nursing female staff and Limited female representation in students’ politics.
The workshops continue on Monday 16th March, 2020 for the Colleges of; Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB). Thursday 19th March, 2020 will be dedicated to the Colleges of; Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and Health Sciences (CHS). The fourth and final workshop will be held on Friday 20th March, 2020 for staff from non-teaching units.
The following are hotlines run by GMD officials as avenues for reporting Sexual Harassment: +256-755-797130, +256-784-609661, +256-758-540263 and +256-785-594931. The community may also make use of the SafePal Mobile App, available on the Google Play Store to confidentially report cases of sexual harassment. The App can be accessed at the link below https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unfpa.safepal
Article by Public Relations Office.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.
“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.
Draft Manual Content
The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.
After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.
Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.
Contact: Agnes Namaganda – email@example.com
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda.
In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.
The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT.
Please use the following details to join the launch.
Register in advance for this meeting:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.
NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.
Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.
THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.
(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.
(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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