The COVID19 Effect

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The outbreak of the health crisis and the ensuing measures to curtail the spread of the virus severely affected the lives and livelihoods of women and girls with disabilities. Their health was not only at risk but their economic independence as well.

To mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of women and girls with disabilities, National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda with support from her partners came up with initiatives to provide temporary social protection to women and girls with disabilities within and outside her districts of operation.

THE AGA KHAN GENDER AND CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSE TO COVID19 PROJECT

NUWODU with support from Aga Khan Foundation Uganda, implemented a 6-month project to respond to the COVID19 pandemic effects on women with disabilities in the districts of Arua and Yumbe. This project helped create functional referral pathways for reporting Sexual and Gender Based Violence cases and management and rejuvenated the economic activities of women with disabilities.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • A total of 1,000 (500 from Arua and 500 from Yumbe) women with disabilities identified and organised into 10 groups with 50 members each at sub-county level.
  • 20 women with disabilities groups; 10 in Arua and 10 in Yumbe mapped and assessed with functional membership, leadership and governance structures established.
  •  2 Capacity needs assessment meetings conducted with the groups and the district leaders on financial resilience and SGBV case management and subsequently development of the training manual
  • 40 group leaders and 6 paralegals trained as trainers (ToT), and have helped to disseminate the ToT in the groups at sub county level
  • A total of 900 people reached of which 854 were group members, 6 paralegals and 46 District/sub county officials including politicians.
  • Seed grant disbursed to the 20 groups accounts to boost their savings for increased loaning
  •  Increased number of SGBV cases (50 in Arua & 65 in Yumbe) reported because of the group members assertiveness stemming from the empowerment.

DISABILITY INCLUSIVE COVID19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY PROJECT

With support from UKAID, BRAC and NUWODU implemented this project in the districts of Gulu, Oyam, Nwoya and Kiryandong to respond to neglected or under-funded needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and bridge the gap in existing government and public health structures.

Achievements of activities implemented

  • Creation of functional referral networks to ease access to justice for women and girls with disabilities that suffered violence during the pandemic.
  • Provision of home-based psycho-social support to target households of women and girls with disabilities
  • Provision of Sexual and Gender Based Violence protection information along with referral services to service providers.

RAPID RESPONSE TO MITIGATE AND BUILD THE RESILIENCE OF WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

This was supported by Wellspring USA and aimed to strengthen the institutional capacity of NUWODU in management of virtual offices and observation of safe standard operating procedures as set by the government while for women with disabilities in business, the project assessed the realities of the effects of COVID19 on individual businesses of 85 women with disabilities in the 7 districts of Apac, Amolatar, Bushenyi, Bundibugyo, Kasanda, Kasese and Lira, to give them financial aid as a relief package from the economic effects of the pandemic.

Achievements of activities implemented

85 women with disabilities in business assessed and financial needs estimated.

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