Welcome to Volume I, Issue I of Women in Coffee News, a quarterly newsletter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Uganda Chapter. We are utilizing this newsletter as one of our mouthpieces in lobbying and advocating for active and meaningful women involvement in the coffee value chains in Uganda.
Over the last few months, most specifically since the election of a new board for the IWCA Uganda Chapter, we have seen several positive developments have been in the coffee sector not only in Uganda or east Africa, but at a global scale. Key among these was the Fourth International Coffee Day, which graced this year’s celebration by selecting the theme “Women in Coffee”. This theme identified well with the mission of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and provided an excellent opportunity to augment the message of women participation and involvement in coffee activities within the coffee value chains, from far to cup.
The women of Uganda have for a long time faced several impediments to the full utilization of their potential in agriculture, agribusiness and most specifically within the coffee sub-sector. Gender stereotypes, unfavorable norms and archaic cultural and traditional gender expectations are also an impediment to women’s economic empowerment.
There is no reason why women should not own land or, in equal share co-own it with their spouses. The five-year IWCA Uganda Chapter Strategic Plan (2019-2024) comes handy. It will not only provide the required strategic direction but will also inform and direct the strategic interventions that will help to lobby, advocate and create awareness and behavior change.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank our supporters, you our readers and all our stakeholders who dedicate resources to enable IWCA Uganda Chapter effectively advocate for women in coffee. I would specifically like to single out the Uganda Coffee Development Authority, the USAID Uganda Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Agriculture Activity and UTZ Rainforest Alliance in this regard. Once again, welcome to our first issue, and I hope you’ll enjoy our stories. Download the IWCA Uganda Chapter Newsletter – Vol. 1, Issue 1, November 2018
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