We undertook a policy scan of gender based violence (GBV), gender and HIV related laws, policies, national strategies, action plans and guidelines in the Eastern and Southern Africa region for UNAIDS- Eastern and Southern Africa.
We prepared the Costed Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV (AACA) with its monitoring and evaluation for South Sudan AIDS Commission. This was supported by UNAIDS and UN WOMEN.
We reviewed the multi-country study on TB in relation to human rights and gender in the mining sector the Southern Africa. This was supported by the World Bank and Acquity Innovations.
In collaboration with TDS Africa, we undertook a scoping mission and prepared the baseline study for Hivos in Uganda. The studies examined women’s rights in the horticulture sector in Uganda.
The studies found that women’s labor is mainly concentrated in the lower stages of the value chain. Women work as laborers digging, weeding, harvesting, sorting, packing and labeling flowers, fruits and vegetables. Very few women operate as big entrepreneurs owning large pieces of land or processing facilities for fruits and vegetables. The majority face entry barriers such as lack of finance or credit, equipment and education, to participate in the higher stages of the value chains.
Compared to the flower industry, there was hardly any detailed research on fruits and vegetables. Hence stakeholders welcomed this study, noting that it would be an important milestone to generate evidence for the horticulture industry.