As the general elections take place on 14th January 2021, 25 women from WGEF’s Leadership Development Initiative are running for office!
Aber, 34, is a senior woman teacher at Olwiyo primary school in Nwoya District. Her major role is to mentor and support young girls. Here is her story of courage…
WGEF came at a time she needed a hand to hold her from collapsing. “I had a timber business in Democratic Republic of Congo, when I lost all I had to the soldiers.”
Before attending WGEF’s business skills training, I was not doing any business but was depending on my husband for everything. I would endure all harsh words from my husband in order to survive.
At Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, we didn’t sit back amidst this fear. We went forward. We stretched out to help ourselves and help the community.
Providing Essential Services in the Face of COVID-19
Due to restrictions on public transportation and reduced capabilities at local health care facilities created by the COVID-19 lockdown, many expectant mothers in northern Uganda do not have access to lifesaving healthcare.
As a women right’s organization, WGEF has prioritized the specific needs of women aspiring for leadership. We train, encourage, provides technical resources for women running for elected office in Uganda.
Measures to tackle COVID-19 result in increased gender-based violence (GBV), forced marriage and sexual exploitation.
Girls in Northern Uganda rely on free sanitary pads distributed thru their school, but with the schools shut and community lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, many have no access to sanitary pads