Despite great strides made by the international human rights activists ,existing legislation, legal provisions and gender responsive policies advocating for women’s rights worldwide. In many parts of Uganda, women and girls especially in the rural areas still face a wide range of challenges including discrimination, low social status, lack of economic self-sufficiency, greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection, poverty, low education status etc. Poverty and social injustices in these communities are gendered and women suffer inequalities due to persistent patriarchal, traditional and harmful religious, social and cultural beliefs and practices.
In a quest to advocate for and enhance gender equality, TEWDI Uganda focuses on three key areas
Community Education and Awareness creation
We conduct community sensitization and awareness creation to address negative social cultural behaviours and practices by designing and printing IEC materials on human rights, GBV and gender equality, Conducting community dialogue meetings with stakeholders, contracting drama groups and peer educators to educate and create awareness, Radio talk shows and sport messages and documenting and sharing findings with relevant partners.
Gender Based Violence
Our central focus is prevention of violence against women and girls in public and private spaces. We refer and link survivors to specialized service providers for follow up support and train and empower women as well as other stakeholders to handle report and refer GBV occurrences at both house hold and community level.
Economic alternatives for Women
We work with other partners to find economic alternatives for women – including the recognition, redistribution, and reduction of women’s unpaid care work, and supporting the development of women-only cooperatives and saving schemes.