Focus country: Uganda

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For over two decades, north and north eastern Uganda experienced armed conflicts that caused immense suffering. However, women have been excluded from peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction and the conflicts have left a legacy of violence against women.

Many experience sexual assault, domestic violence, and early and forced marriage. Legislation banning violence against women has been passed but hasn’t been put into action. Women still have low status, little financial independence, and are at high risk of developing HIV and AIDS.

  • 58 per cent of women believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife (Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2011).
  • Just under half of women have experienced physical violence from a partner, while over a third have experienced sexual violence from one (UN Women 2011-2012).
  • Women hold just under a third of seats in parliament (UN Women 2011-2012).
  • 360 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 babies born alive (World Bank Data).     

Strengthening the women's movement

Uganda is a Womankind focus country, where we are working in-depth to support and strengthen the women's movement, including through spaces and platforms for collaboration.
 
We continue to work with the National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) on a project to reduce violence against women and girls in Apac and Mubende districts through sustainable, community-based response systems.
 
We will work together with the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) and National Association for Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD) to document the issues affecting rural women in Uganda living in communities affected by mining.
 
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Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)

  • Uganda
  • Africa
Isis-WICCE promotes justice and empowers women globally through documenting violations of women’s rights and raising women's voices across Uganda and further.
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National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE)

  • Africa
  • Uganda
National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) is an action organisation committed to sustainable solutions to Uganda’s most challenging environmental and economic growth problems.
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National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU)

  • Uganda
  • Africa
The National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) trains women and other women’s right organisations in areas such as gender and human rights, economic rights, health, women and the ...
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National Association for Women's Action in Development (NAWAD)

  • Africa
  • Uganda
NAWAD is a women’s organisation in Uganda that is focused on the family and the crucial role women play in their families, their communities and the development of Uganda as ...
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Our impact in Uganda

Thanks to our partnership with women’s organisations in Uganda last year, we:

  • Trained 100 cultural and religious leaders on violence against women and raised awareness of the issue through drama productions
  • Reached 350 people in rural communities with messages about violence against women, increasing referrals to the police and counselling services
  • Highlighted women’s role in peacebuilding in the Ugandan government’s Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda, which is being approved by parliament
  • Recruited new midwives in local health centres by lobbying local government
  • Helped more girls go to school by helping schools to monitor pupil numbers.

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Help us do more

£52 can hire a space to train community members to record women’s rights violations and support survivors of violence.

£94 can pay for a drama group leader to raise awareness of violence against women.

£127 can help organise a meeting with cultural and religious leaders to raise their awareness of women’s rights, including providing transport to and from the meeting, refreshments and materials.