Gender and Women Empowerment

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Gender and women empowerment, the foundation of NUWODU’s programming has never been visibly important than in a year where COVID19 disadvantaged majority of milestones gained for women’s rights especially for women and girls with disabilities. Despite Sustainable Development Goal 5 gender equality being in peril because of the pandemic and its rippling effects on gender and disability rights for women and girls with disabilities, NUWODU has been able to yield results in its programming for gender and women empowerment. Women and girls with disabilities are gaining ground in visibility to Women’s Rights Organisations and have recognition of their disability rights.

Projects implemented under this theme include:

CONSOLIDATION OF DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT

This project is being implemented in the districts of Bushenyi, Lira, Apac and Kasese with the aim of empowering women and girls with disabilities as well as strengthening the institutional capacity of NUWODU as an organisation.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • Election of 12 new Board of Directors for NUWODU and approval of the membership charter.
  • 1000 women with disabilities were supported with cash transfers to relieve them from the adverse effects of COVID19.
  • 400 HIV+ women with disabilities were supported during the lockdown to enable them access medicine and necessities.
  • Organised 6 general assemblies in the districts of Lira, Bushenyi, Yumbe, Amudat, Omoro and Arua that attracted 520 women with disabilities.
  • Induction and capacity building of 92 leaders elected the 6 districts.
  • 85 women with disabilities and their businesses assessed to discover the effect of COVID19 and the lockdown on their businesses.

ADVOCACY FOR AN INCLUSIVE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT IN UGANDA (AIM)

This project is funded by UNWOMEN and being implemented in the districts of Amudat, Kampala, Kasese, Kitgum and Tororo. It intends to build a strong grass root movement of women with disabilities for both national level engagement and advocacy to effectively influence and advance progress on gender equality, women empowerment and violence against women and girls.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • Equipped 75 leaders of Women with Disabilities with leadership skills
  • Empowered 161 women and girls with disabilities with knowledge on Human rights, Gender Based Violence, and sexual and reproductive health rights.
  • Conducted 10 radio talk shows and spot messages on challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities during COVID19 imposed lockdown and highlighted the existing gaps in the 2021 election roadmap to an estimated audience of 17,200,000 loyal listeners. This paved way for amendments to the road map.
  • Mentored 194 women and girls with disabilities on self esteem, active participation in politics and business skills. As a result, over 70 women with disabilities took up elective positions in their districts while 10 benefited from the government special grant for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Led to the development of a policy brief about women with disabilities in Uganda.

REDUCING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES IN AMURIA DISTRICT

This project is being funded by UNTRUSTFUND and implemented in the 3 sub-counties (Asamuk, Abarilela and Morungatuny) in Amuria district to ensure that women and girls with disabilities from the 3 sub-counties of Amuria district experience less physical, sexual, and emotional violence in their families and communities.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • 450 women and girls with disabilities trained in on human and disability rights, legal frameworks, and forms of violence
  • Increased detection and reporting of cases of violence due to the trainings on Human rights
  • Small group sessions conducted targeting GWWDs to improve self-esteem Increased participation of GWWDs in community activities
  • Covid 19 sensitization
  • Distribution of soap, masks, and hand washing equipment
  • Mentorship
  • Income to boost savings activities provided all 16 groups formed
  • Livelihood projects have been started in some groups because of VSLA
  • 45 paralegals trained on Human rights, violence, and referral pathways

STRENGTHENING STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS TO END GBV AGAINST GIRLS & WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

This project is funded by Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) and is being implemented in the districts of Koboko and Pader. This project aims to strengthen structures and institutions to end Gender Based Violence Against Girls and Women with Disabilities. 

Achievements of activities implemented

  • 37 school administrators and school committees trained on Gender Based Violence reduction with school administrators devoted to establishing Gender Based Violence clubs to strengthen Gender Based Violence reporting and referrals.
  • GBV awareness trainings for 60 parents and caretakers of women and girls with disabilities conducted in 2 schools. Parents committed to come up with Parents Support Groups to increase prevention and response to Gender Based Violence.
  • Bi-annual meeting and capacity review held with 49 paralegals, local advocates & project coordinating taskforce. They were equipped to appreciate disability and the need to seek consent from survivors of Gender Based Violence when accessing Gender Based Violence services.
  • Improved awareness and seeking of consent from Gender Based Violence survivors with disabilities by their families, police, and health practitioners during access to Gender Based Violence services by women and girls with disabilities.
  • 65 women with disabilities empowered through financial literacy training in 3 sub counties of Atanga, Paranga and Pader town council and provided with booster funds.
  • Women with disabilities are members in 9 different mainstream village savings and lending groups besides the 3 disability village savings groups.

THE WOMEN’S SITUATION ROOM

NUWODU joined a steering committee of 8 women’s rights organisations to launch the Women’s Situation Room – a mechanism that operationalises the UNSCR 1325 andpromotes the participation of women and youth in peace building. The Women’s Situation Room 2021 oversaw the full and active participation of persons with disabilities in the district of Koboko.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • 50 women and 50 youth –both female and male with disabilities trained as Peace Advocates in peace building and equipped with requisite knowledge and skills for early detection, prevention, and response to political and electoral violence in Koboko district.
  • 50 women and men including youth trained and deployed as Election Day Observers.

SUPPORTING UGANDAN WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES ATTAIN LAND RIGHTS AND LIVELIHOODS

Funded by The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and implemented in the sub-counties of Pabbo and Lamogi in Amuru district, the project advocated for land rights and livelihoods for women with disabilities.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • 20 clan and cultural leaders of women and girls with disabilities equipped with knowledge on disability, rights, and access to land by women and girls with disabilities in Lamogi and Pabbo sub counties.
  • Some clan leaders committed to include issues of women and girls with disabilities in their constitutions and to support in safeguarding land rights of women and girls with disabilities in their communities.
  • 45 women and girls with disabilities equipped with knowledge and skills in Leadership, advocacy, and lobbying, with demonstrated abilities to lead, lobby and advocate on behalf of others.

WOMEN’S ADVOCACY FOR VOICE AND EMPOWERMENT (WAVE)

Funded by WOMANKIND, WAVE was implemented in the district of Kampala particularly in the divisions of Nakawa and Makindye. The project re-enforced the integration and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the Women’s Rights Movement in Uganda.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • Girls and women with disabilities are aware of their rights and how to demand for access to services from government.
  • Changed attitude and more understanding towards women with disabilities by men, religious leaders, and the media
  • Women with disabilities are now aware of the feminist movement and a series of political campaigns for reforms such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
  • District leaders committed to ensure that the voices of Women and girls with disabilities are heard through involvement and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in all programs.

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