Transgender Equality Uganda held a two day feminist and movement building forum from the 14th to the 15th February, 2023. The forum was aimed at building a collective vision and share perspectives to catalyze national effort, to address and prevent Gender Based Violence (GBV) committed against LBTQ women and female sex workers, revising strategies to promote SRHR justice, growth, healing and transformation healing as a movement. Revising strategies to reclaim the shrinking spaces for LBTQ women and female ex workers within the movement.
The overall goal of the two-day forum was a stronger LBTQ women and sex worker feminist movement built with the ability to join the advance that is coming together as a collective, health and human rights of LBTQ women and female sex workers in Uganda.
Day one was facilitated by an amazing feminist Biggie from FARUG who led a powerful conversation around the building a movement through teaching about feminism through the shared manual and it’s importance in movement building. The session was attended by different stake holders that is police officers, transgender women and LC leaders. The day ended with a panel where three resilient women talked about there GBV experiences and how they were handled and also responses from the police officers and LC Leader who talked about how the these cases are handled by each department respectively.
Naomi who led the conversation on day two and it was centered around identifying the main issues that could be addressed as a movement and develop strategies on how the issues could be addressed as a movement. Different key issues were mentioned which included GBV, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), financial wellness, capacity enhancement, access to SRHR, mental Wellness, safety and security, conflict management and prevention sustainability plans. Ideas were brain stormed on how to face all the issues for example protecting oneself, employee evaluate, looking out for each other, skilling persons in different financial programs among other programs