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CARE International in Uganda empowers women
CARE International in Uganda empowers women

CARE International has been active in Uganda since 1969, implementing a diverse portfolio of programs and projects ranging from emergency services to economic development and civil society building.  CARE’s first projects in Uganda focused on agricultural development, animal husbandry, health education and community development.  CARE International Uganda’s current initiatives targets the most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on poor women and girls, who are the most at risk of rights’ abuse and exploitation.  Our three programs across 62 districts namely, Northern Uganda Women Empowerment Program (NUWEP), the Women Empowerment in Natural Resources Governance (WENG) and the Women and Youth Financial Inclusion Program (WAYFIP) consistently address the key drivers of poverty and social injustice in Uganda, namely prevailing gender inequality, widespread corruption and poor governance, and lastly the growing threat of climate change. 

By teaching women practical skills they become self-sufficient
By teaching women practical skills they become self-sufficient
The poorest women and girls often find themselves at the nexus of these three drivers in a vicious circle of poverty. These drivers are addressed by empowering women and girls to gain the skills and confidence needed for their development by facilitating inclusive and participatory governance at various levels with attention to women’s participation, through policy and evidence-based advocacy and by building communities’ capacity to adapt to climate change and strengthen their resilience with a deliberate nutrition sensitive approach.
Communication is the key to reversing the effects of poverty and abuse
Communication is the key to reversing the effects of poverty and abuse
In addition to tackling the underlying drivers of poverty, each program focuses on a particular theme: the Northern Uganda Women Empowerment Program (NUWEP) has a conflict component that addresses conflicts at community and family level, including Gender Based Violence (GBV).  The Women Empowerment in Natural Resources Governance (WENG) program is focused on ensuring women’s and girls’ voices are included in the governance of the natural resources they depend upon for their survival.  The Women and Youth Financial Inclusion Program (WAYFIP) builds on CARE’s well known Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) as a platform to facilitate access to financial services, including linking groups and individuals to formal banks through innovative and affordable products. 

 

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Land & Property Rights Critical for Women Empowerment

Land ownership is critical for Women Empowerment: Land is a primary source and crucial asset for households, especially women who primarily depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

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Uganda: Country Statistics

  • Population:
    41,645,556
  • Life Expectancy:
    62.3 years
  • % Of Pop Female:
    54%
  • Aged 0 - 14:
    48%