DEBORAH KADDU-SERWADDA - UGANDA
Unleashing Women’s Leadership through Self Help in East Africa
There have been considerable gains in East Africa promoting the rights of women and children, gaining access to educational and employment opportunities, and participating in business and local politics. However, these gains are limited and have not become part of the necessary ongoing process that is required for true social transformation.
Deborah Kaddu-Serwadda is the founding Chairperson of Empower Children and Communities against Abuse (ECCA), an indigenous organization that aims to facilitate the proactive participation of men, women and children to work together against all forms of gender based violence. ECCA has pioneered a community based multi-sectored male and self-help focused gender-based violence prevention model in Uganda.
Vision: A world free of gender based violence
Project: Serwadda attends WLW training to enhance her authentic leadership skills as well as to develop her ability to lead the strategic direction of ECCA. More importantly, she aims to transform individuals into truly empowered women and young people who have the ability to reverse the causes and effects of debilitating poverty, ignorance and disease, and who can continuously nurture women and young people through peer leadership mentoring.
Other Debbie is also a core member of the African Gender and Development Evaluators Network (AGDEN). AGDEN is a Special Interest Group (SIG) under the umbrella of the African Evaluators Association (AFREA), and Africa wide network through which gender and rights evaluators seek to influence development through participatory evaluation practice on the continent and the world.