Various studies, as well as our experience, have shown that when we work towards women empowerment, the whole society benefits. But unfortunately in Uganda, far from being empowered, most women are denied even their basic rights like health, education, employment and a respectable status in society.
According to a recent UNDP Human Development Report, Uganda has a dangerously imbalanced sex ratio, the chief reason being rampant female infanticide and sex-selective abortions.
Uganda Volunteers foundation, was initiated in 2013 to address these challenges through a simple yet effective approach. The programme is specifically aimed at realization of both individual and collective self-esteem and inner strength for marginalised and socially excluded women and adolescent girls through innovative community practices.
A tailor-made strategy has been developed under UVF for women empowerment. It’s an acronym for many novel approaches, namely Seeking Healthcare as a Behavior, Support for Education, Supporters through Male Involvement, providing awareness on women’s rights, land rights, domestic violence, self empowerment, practical skills(craft and art making), economic empowerment, how they can start up income generating activities to support their families and Sustaining the Change in Communities.
The programme identifies women from the community and develops them into Change Agents, who in turn actively contribute to the community mobilization process.
Uganda Volunteers Foundation has developed a program that is effective and responsive to the needs of our target groups.
“When a woman learns to read and write, her whole world changes; possibilities and opportunities are created.”
Our women expressed a desire and excitement for a literacy program and in response, our literacy program began in January, 2017. We have had such an overwhelming response to the offering, we had over 100 women sign up for classes. Participants are divided into groups where they will be provided with materials, books, pens, etc. and attend classes ones a week. This all is through the help and facilitation of our volunteers.
So far, UVF has successfully made a difference to the lives of over 100 women.