The pursuit of gender justice starts with protecting young girls from being forced or sold into a marriage. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. Through education, support, intervention and dialogue, WGEF’s highly trained and respected Access to Justice team was able to intervene and provide the family alternatives to change the trajectory of Innocent’s future. She is now back in school, enabling her right to education, pursuing her dreams and determining her own future without fear or coercion.
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Rose Ataro, aged 23, is a member of Pitek Ki mon Group and is married with two children. The biggest challenge in her home before joining WGEF program was gender based violence. “My house was not a home to live in,” Rose says. She felt inadequate to confront her husband, and access the justice she was entitled to.
When her husband would return home each day, they would quarrel on almost every issue, creating contention and danger. Rose’s husband stopped her from participating in any economic activity or joining any saving group. She had given up on autonomy, dignity and freedom. However, things changed when they both attended WGEF’s gender training which provides important information and resources of where and who to turn to in our community for support when facing violence and communication challenges.
Rose’s husband listened to the testimonies of other men who were peacefully living with their wives and was inspired to change his behavior and improve his relationship with Rose. This brought important changes in their home, including less violence, joint decision making, and the space for Rose to participate in her community.
Rose has since started rearing goats and has increased the number to 20 goats. She currently buys and sells rice, and has been able to save money and buy important household items, including a bed, mattress, chairs and curtains.
Recently, when their daughter was sick, Rose’s husband asked for time off from school to join Rose at hospital where their daughter was admitted. Now Rose and her husband are co-parenting and working together in important ways.
“I feel confident and I have a voice in my family, constantly when I’m challenged I call a toll free line provided by WGEF for instant advice and support”
“Thank you WGEF for providing women like me knowledge and resources to access justice. I hope this program be expanded to reach more women in my community”.
— Rose Ataro (Nwoya District)
WGEF believes that one’s geographical location does not determine their challenges to be more or less important – hope and support are transnational and one must think locally, globally, relief and sustainable.
Karen Sugar, Founder & Executive Director