Access to Justice Initiative Update
WGEF’s Access to Justice Initiative seeks to address violence against women, gender bias, inequality and gaps in the justice chain for women, this initiative strives to provide the critical information and resources, enabling women to know their legal and human rights within the justice system.
This week, WGEF staff conducted a 2-day refresher training to better equip 10 champions to address the issues they face. These challenges include navigating the legal system, domestic violence, and accessing land rights. The training provides skills in self-care, debate, adequate reporting, listening, and how to work with victims. The participants also focus on prevention and how to share what they’ve learned with other community members.
My tears of joy rolled down, my heart beat Firstar as I visited Florence today. Her warm welcome and embracing me with a real hug was enough to explain her feeling, she said:
Florence is among many amazing women that we support. I stayed in their village for 3 days, trained them in business skills and provided them with micro loans for their agro business. Then she had no food, no business and livestock but she had her family land. After harvests now she has 6 hectares of sim sim, 2 hectares of cassava 10 goats, 19 chickens. She is able to educate her children. I’m very lucky to have worked with Florence and many other women on their journey to get out poverty and I do this with a team of committed individuals, here in Gulu and with you, this achievement is for all of us.
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To address the issues of stubborn poverty and the challenges women face regarding access to and information on health, justice & human rights, gender based violence, economic empowerment, education and activism, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) is launching the Gulu Women’s Resource Center (GWRC). GWRC is a one-stop center that will provide essential support, information and education to women and girls in northern Uganda.
The goal of this initiative is to create a community space providing women current and critical information, community meeting space, and computer and life skill trainings. It is through information and education that self esteem and empowerment is facilitated, enabling women to stand up and lead themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty that is often presented before them.
Today we started to address this reality, training 15 young girls on how to produce affordable and safe sanitary pads for themselves and school going children, providing education and awareness creation real empowerment that benefit rural school going girls and women. Women and young girls are provided an opportunity to learn how to make, use and sell sanitary sanitary pads, creating employment opportunity while addressing menstrual health management challenge for rural women and schoolgirls. Its about dignity and equality, period.