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Girl Up Initiative Uganda (GUIU) aims to create a movement of young empowered women from the most marginalized
areas of Uganda. GUIU
was established in Uganda in December 2012 to empower young women and
girls to be leaders in their communities by providing them with educational and
We believe that it is not enough to send girls to
school; we must also ensure that girls develop the skills and knowledge to
excel and complete primary school so they can move to secondary school and
eventually university with confidence and improved self-esteem.
Our flagship program is our Leadership and SRHR Training
Program for in-school adolescent girls (ages 8-18 years)in primary schools with the aim to educate them as
to their rights and the importance of preventing early pregnancy and staying in
school. We hold monthly trainings covering topics that range from leadership
and communications skills to gender-based violence and abuse. All girls become
members of the Girl Up Club in their school that is facilitated by female
teachers, which meets bi-weekly to provide a safe space for girls to discuss
sensitive topics and participate in small business and savings opportunities.
GUIU also believes that we must tackle
women’s economic dependency on men, which greatly limits their autonomy and
ability to leave unhealthy relationships. To this end, in January 2014 we established
the Young Mothers Economic
Empowerment Program targeting young mothers (ages 16-25) to provide them with
practical business skills and start-up capital to begin income-generating projects. The program includes
monthly business management and savings training as well as follow-up mentoring
and advice for each woman. Participants have also taken the initiative to start
a weekly Revolving Savings Group to assist with their business enterprises as
well as to cover basic needs and school fees for their children.