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[ADVOCACY] SERI attends Women's Spaces Project Steering Committee Meeting in Kampala, Uganda (8 April 2024).

WomensSpaces PSC2024From 18 to 22 March, SERI’s Nerishka Singh attended the annual Women’s Spaces Project Steering Committee (PSC) held in Kampala, Uganda. The Shelter and Settlements Alternative (SSA), based in Uganda, hosted this year’s PSC, following SERI's hosting in 2023. The meeting was attended by project leadership from Development Works from Angola, the Mazingira Institute from Kenya, SSA, and SERI. SERI’s Lauren Royston participated in the PSC virtually.

Over the five days, the PSC dealt with the implementation and alignment of local and overall project work plans and budgets. Each day’s activities allowed the project partners to network, share their work, and enjoy cultural exchanges.

The first day of the meeting opened with partner introductions and presented updates on their respective Women’s Space Projects (WSP). On the second day, the group did some risk assessments of the projects, and in the following session, the SSA delivered a presentation on their experiences with paralegal work and their project Women paralegals MityanaUganda SSA WomensSpacesstakeholders. The second and third days of the PSC comprised technical sessions on human rights, gender equality, and issues of the environment, which were discussed on day two, while on day three, the technical sessions focused on regional and international considerations and opportunities for the Women's Spaces Project. The day proceeded with discussions on work-life balance and stress management. Colleagues from Development Works, Mazingira Institute, and SERI then had the opportunity to share experiences from their projects, engaging their audiences on the project outputs produced during year two of the project. The fourth day of the meeting focused on aligning strategies among the partners and project updates on partner project-related commitments for the next year. The day concluded with a field visit to the Mityana Municipal Council, Paralegal Resource Center, and SSA’s Housing Project.  The final day included a briefing on stories of change for partners and a closing session comprising reflections on the current PSC and the next PSC plans.

The Women’s Spaces project at SERI which focuses on women’s rights to land and housing in sub-Saharan Africa is made possible by the support of Rooftops Canada and Global Affairs Canada.