On 1st to 2nd July 2019, CEHURD convened a Conversation on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHRs) Movement Building in Entebbe-Uganda. The Conversation attracted a cross range of over 45 SRHR activists, policymakers, funding partners, and other stakeholders – focusing on the need to strengthen a sexual and reproductive health and rights movement in Uganda. The meeting came up with key resolutions and actionable ways forward such as SRHR advocates building consensus on SRHR in Uganda.

The Objectives of the Conversation were:

  1. To draw a map of SRHR initiatives in Uganda, get a clear understanding of who doing what, geographical coverage, issues covered and the constituency;
  2. To analyse how resistance and backlash to SHRH institutional change efforts manifest in different contexts, on different issues, and at three different levels (macro, meso, and micro) and the institutional individual levels, and the forces that are advancing or challenging them;
  3. To understand how SHRH activists and social justice actors are currently addressing resistance and backlash and enable collective strategizing on responses including what kinds of collaborations and partnerships are needed to be effective to lobby and engage;
  4. To discuss new ways of building new relationships between frontline activists/women human rights defenders and academics, institutional change practitioners that enable the re-crafting of strategies to respond to the real-time opportunities and threats to SRHR; and
  5. To determine how we can develop and communicate new ways of working, conceptualize tools, strategies, and actions to a broader audience within the country and around the region.

The conversation employed a cross-range of participatory methodologies to allow for deeper reflection, learning and action planning. Key among these are: debates, plenary discussions, learning and review of strategies by use of case studies of other movements (the Jesus Movement, LGBTIQA and Sex Work Movements), group input, reading, timeline exercise on the SRHR Movement in Uganda and informal networking.

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