Ugandan Women Group Wins UGX 350 Million Award

1915 Views

In short
The Award is given to civil society organizations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa that have succeeded in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals.

A women led forest advocacy group, Support for Women in Environment and Agriculture - SWAGEN, has walked away with 350 million Shillings in the 8th ONE Annual ONE Africa Award .

The Award is given to  civil society organizations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa, that have succeeded in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals.

SWAGEN is based in the Rwoho Natural Tropical Forest, and it advocates for improved environmental  policies that impact forest dependent communities.

The organisation started in 1992 with three women but the number has since grown to 3,000 members and has strategic partnerships across the continent and world.

SWAGEN' beat other 252 organization from 33 countries across Africa

The organization was credited with negotiating a national policy reform on forest conservation in Uganda, that recognizes the rights of the forest dependent communities.

Gertrude Kenyangi, Co-Founder and Chairperson of SWAGEN says the award is a motivating factor for the organisation to continue fighting for the rights of forest dependent communities.

Other organisations that have previously won this award are ; Friends Africa of Kenya, Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum Tanzania, Positive-Generation of Cameroon, GF2D of Togo , SEND Ghana, SIDAREC of Kenya and Devcoms of Nigeria.

 

About the author

Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).