Women in Democracy in Uganda
Working with the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), Uganda, the project will empower women and men in the Liwero and Kibuku districts of Uganda to demand better education services for girls and develop community based solutions to domestic violence.
Women in Uganda are at an educational disadvantage to men and levels of violence against women are high. Women are nearly four times more likely to have no formal education, and more likely to drop out of school before completing primary education. 6 in 10 women have experienced violence at least once. Sexual slavery and prostitution is linked to physical trauma, severe mental illness, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) including HIV and early pregnancy amongst adolescent girls and women.
Our partner, FEWODE, will establish, organise, train and facilitate Village Budget Clubs (VBCs) to act as watchdogs in communities on issues of girls’ education and domestic violence. FOWODE will support judicial, health and probation services to respond to domestic violence cases through training and provision of communication equipment. Communities in the two districts will be organized and sensitized about the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) and will develop local solutions to domestic violence
Improve education by for girls in Luwero and Kibuku by increasing enrollment and retention rates
Activities» Form and train six Village Budget Clubs, which will act as watchdogs for what is happening locally around girl's education.
» Train 80 Management Committees per district for schools to support members to push for more fair treatment of girls.
Success will be increased enrolment and retention rates for girls in schools, reduction in barriers to education for girls and a reduction of gender gaps in education in the area
Reduce threat of viiolence against women and increase well-being for all in Lowero and Kibuku.
Activities» Form and train six Village Budget Clubs, which will act as watchdogs for what is happening locally around domestic violence.
» Train health, probation, and judicial (including police) personnel to support members to address domestic violence.
» Enable FOWODE’s field offices to address domestic violence in Luwero and Kibuku by translating the Domestic Violence Act into local languages.
Success will be fewer women abused at home, an increase in the number of women seeking help through our helpline, and a change in behaviour condoning domestic violence in the area
Enable FEWODE to raise awareness and influence policy on women's education and domestic violence
Activities» Fund 6 strategic meetings a year and four in each district a year with donors, government and MPs, and fund 16 days a year of activism.
» Conduct national media work by producing four national radio talk shows, two adverts and two TV talk shows a year to raise awareness nationally.
» Train women councillors and specialist officers in local/national government to advance women to more senior positions where they can create change.
Success will be FEWODA's policy and media work around the project touches the lives of 1 million of Uganda's 30.7 million population
FOWODE’s experience is that much of this work is self-sustaining after projects have ended as Village Budget Clubs maintain themselves and councillors, specialists and other staff they have trained continue to use their training. We will build off a baseline survey of community members skills, knowledge and ability to demand change; initiatives to push for change; and the number of domestic violence victims accessing services; and conduct annual, mid-term and end of project evaluations.
The lack of services and infrastructure in remote areas could pose a challenge in reaching women who need protection. Therefore, the project has been provided with motorcycles and communication equipment to respond to cases of domestic violence. The potential lack of acceptance in the districts towards girls’ education could also be testing. The project will therefore use local Village Budget Clubs to raise awareness whilst consulting community members in finding local solutions.
Donors to the project will receive a bi-annual email report on the progress and activities of the project. We aim to include an update from programme managers following their visits to the project in Uganda and case study information on some of the women who have been helped by the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £38,320Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,728 Village Budget Clubs (VBCs) Set up, training and support costs for VBCs £3,552 Baseline, & monitoring Baseline & mapping exercise & monitoring visits, annual review meetings £6,748 Training key organisations Training school, probation, judicial & health committee staff, women councillors & local government £4,648 Translation of Act & meetings Simplification & translation of Domestic Violence Act (2009) & meetings with donors, & government £3,846 Support to Probation & Health Support to District Probation Office & District Health Unit £11,800 Field support & staff Contribution to salaries, office costs, insurance, security £4,998 Womankind costs Support monitoring, evaluation & technical issues, awareness raising in UK
After two decades of civil unrest in the 70s and 80s when almost half a million people were killed, Uganda has become a relatively stable country. However, violence against women is rooted in tradition and magnified by decades of conflict. FGM continues to be practiced and women’s access to land is restricted. We will work in Kibuku and Luwero districts, where the quality of education is decreasing and there is little access to legal advice and healthcare to address domestic violence.
In the Kibuku and Luwero districts of Uganda, female victims of domestic violence will be able to access legal support and healthcare. Male and female community members and women councillors will be trained to demand better education and services for girls and women. Education opportunities for thousands of girls will be improved.
We have over 20 years of experience, supporting effective projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America that use the local understanding of women’s organisations. You can be confident that your support will be contributing to work that is enabling women to achieve real change in their lives. For example, in the district of Kembatta in Ethiopia, where we have worked for ten years with our local partner KMG, Female Genital Cutting has been reduced dramatically from 97% to just 4%.
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Reineira Arguello is the Head of Programmes at Womankind Worldwide and will be overseeing our work with the partner organisation in Uganda.