Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods - you did it!

Hannah Little | Aug 01, 2019
Peninah, Deodanta NAPE Uganda

You helped us meet our target in our recent Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods appeal! Thanks to the support and generosity of our committed supporters like you, as well as family trusts and foundations, we raised over £330,000. A total which will now be doubled by the UK government as part of their UK Aid Match programme. 

With funding now secured, planning is already underway for a two-year project that will support women affected by landgrabs in rural Uganda. Over 300,000 women in Uganda have been forcibly evicted, or are facing eviction. With 75% of women in Uganda relying on farming to earn an income, the effects of these sudden and often violent evictions have been devastating.

The project will be delivered in partnership with our partners in Uganda – the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) and the National Association for Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD).

Activities will include;


    Legal support for women who have lost their homes and land in forced evictions,

    Skills training to generate new forms of income when livelihoods have been lost,

    Advocacy training for local women to campaign against ongoing/future land grabbing

    and the creation of a shared solidarity among women so they can come together, share skills and support one another.

Irene - NAPE - Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods - Uganda - Womankind WorldwidePeninah (pictured left) benefited from NAPE’s resources and training, and now organises local women to stand up to the traditional power structures in her community, as well as challenging government on land purchases that do not adequately compensate women. 

"Before NAPE helped us, women were dormant and couldn’t talk, especially if their husbands were there. But now – they talk!"

Read Peninah’s story here

The need for support is rising every day in Uganda. Up to one million women are expected to be evicted from their homes in the next six years. But thankfully, due to our generous supporters taking action and donating what they could, we can stand even closer with women in Uganda as they reclaim their livelihoods. 

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Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods is a UK Aid Match funded programme supported by the Department for International Development (DfID)


 

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