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A hard look in the mirror: From accountability to reconciliation

Date: 10th February, 2022

Time: 2 to 5 p.m. EAT

A space to reflect on and address head on, the challenges and conflicts that have caused rifts within the feminist movement in Uganda. These range from interpersonal conflicts to toxic organizing. In moving towards feminist praxis, first a problem should be named, followed by deep reflection and accountability to enable reconciliation. This will be a conciliatory space with egalitarian mechanisms of accountability designed to address the issues in broad strokes and collectively think about how to organize and build community with love.



Justice and Equity in practice: Unpacking trans lives as a feminist issue in Uganda

Date: 17th February, 2022

Time: 2 to 5 p.m. EAT

A brave and safe space for transgender persons in Uganda to share their experiences and for the collective to come to a common understanding of trans issues as a feminist issue.


Process Flow

9:00 a.mCentering ritual (meditation, song, dance, etc)To centre the collective’s energies and ground everyone in readiness for the day’s activitiesPhoebe Murungi
9:15 a.m.Welcome remarks and introductionsWorking Group
10:15 a.mKeynote address on feminist practice

Set the tone for the convening in line with the theme.

Jessica Horn
10:35 a.mPlenary reflection on keynoteThe collective responds to matters arising from the keynote

Chief Steerers
11:15 a.mBreak
11:45Invocation with the Charter To ground our feminist praxis in ideas articulated in the African feminist movement’s foundational document, the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists

Sylvia Tamale
1:00 p.m.Lunch
2:00 p.m.Panel:
From the personal to the political: The portrait of a feminist organization.
What does a feminist organization look like? What principles and values should feminist organizing and community building espouse? Is the feminist identity of institutions and collectives currently reflected in their practices and beliefs? This space is intended to spur reflection on how we can organize better as a movement without reproducing systems of oppression.

Panelists: Moderator-Isabella Akiteng
Twasiima Bigirwa
Sophie Carol Wanyenze
Noah Mirembe
4:00 p.m.Evening Tea
7:30 p.m.Fireplace conversation: Advocating for myself

Women and non- binary people’s experience standing up for themselves at home, at work, and in social settings. Each person gets the chance to share a time when they confronted someone who was attempting to undermine/ intimidate them on account of their age, sex characteristics, gender identity, etc.). This space is intended to showcase instances of courage, in small and big acts of defiance. In effect it is intended to imbue the collective with the boldness to live their feminist praxis by speaking up.
This space will start with us remembering our siblings who have transitioned to the ancestral plane since we last met in 2019.
Chief Steerers
9:00 a.m.Centering ritual (meditation, song, dance, etc)

To centre the collective’s energies and ground everyone in readiness for the day’s activitiesPhoebe Murungi
9:30 a.m.

A feminist vision for UgandaA peek into the past to re-imagine the future. This space will entail a reflection on the UFF Vision 2025 captured in a colorful mural developed in 2010 by Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi to see what vision our forebears had for the movement. It is also a moment to reflect if the needle has shifted for some of the dreams imagined at that time.Robinah Rubimbwa
10:30 a.m.Break
11:30 a.mPanel:
Reimagining a feminist vision for Uganda
Picking up from the previous session, feminists from different walks of life and working in diverse sectors share their feminist visions for their fields and how they infuse it in their work. From civil and political and social and economic rights, how are we creating feminist vision in our fields of work? This session is also intended to link the work of the feminist movement to current social justice issues so that it is anchored to current strategic issues.
Moderator: Godiva Akullo
Elizabeth Kemigisha
Sandra Kwikiriza

Marion Kirabo

Maxensia Nakibuuka
1:00 p.m.Lunch
2:00 p.m.Feminist Political education: Organizing for the Uganda we wantWhat spaces/opportunities exist for those early in their feminist journey to acquire knowledge and resources to buttress their politics? What responsibility does the UFF have in nurturing budding feminists?This session is intended to spur reflection on the role of individuals, collectives and institutions in the Uganda Feminist movement in building a new generation of feminist thinkers, activists, and organizers. It will unpack what strategies can be used to grow and nurture the movement, as well as how to steep it in deep and radical political thought, to cause the transformation we would like to see.Moderator: Maria Alesi

Jacky kemigisa
Eunice Musiime
Immaculate Mukasa
Tendo Namata
4:00 p.m.Feminist living in water colours

(tea will be served)

Art project for each individual to cast in vibrant colours, their vision of what feminist practice or feminist living looks like. Some of these pieces will be published for posterity.

Pamela Enyonu (Visual artist)
7:30 p.m.Rest is ResistanceBand, drinks and relaxationAfrie
9:00 a.m.Centering ritual (meditation, song, dance, etc)To centre the collective’s energies and ground everyone in readiness for the day’s activitiesPhoebe Murungi
9:30 a.m.Gallery walk

For the collective to engage with each other’s imagination and creativity and forge a common vision of feminist practice.
Chief Steerers

10:30 a.m.
Chasing the dream of a human breast milk bank: Experiences from Atta Breastmilk Community

An opportunity to build community with and support a feminist initiative on the ground.Tracy Ahumuza
11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m.Our future: A look at the operation of the UFF
What do we want the UFF to look like and how do we want it to work? How can the UFF be shaped to operate more like a social movement with collective responsibility?What policy frameworks should guide our operation?
As we rethink our vision of feminist organizing in Uganda, we also need to evaluate how we are doing things, and how the UFF governance/coordinating structure can be strengthened to meet this vision. This will be a consultative space to harvest ideas that will be used to mould the UFF we want.

Leah Eryenyu
1:00 p.m.

Closing remarks and event evaluation (online)

1:30 p.m.Lunch and Departure

**Yoga. Daily at 7:00 a.m., led by Phoebe Murungi