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Rural Women Empowerment & Gender Equality Program

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: URICT

Posted on: November 12, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

Rural Women Empowerment & Gender Equality Program

Women of Uganda face a wide range of challenges including discrimination, low social status, lack of economic self sufficiency, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection. In Uganda, as in many African countries, gender discrimination means that women must submit to an overall lower social status than men. For many women, this reduces their power to act independently, become educated, avoid poverty, and/or escape reliance upon abusive men.

URICT joins efforts with several women's empowerment organizations to support local programs and needs Donors, Funders, Families/ Foundations or Trusts a, Volunteers, Interns and Individual plus prayers to make initiatives that:

  • Provide training and sensitization for rural women's groups on management, financing, and enterprise development to increase independence and allow mothers to better support their families.
  • To advocate and promote rural women and children's rights through radio talk shows, rural workershops, conferences, Seminars, forming rural women clubs to advocate their female and children's rights and also teaching the male the full rights of female/women and children.
  • Create educational training materials on topics such as reproductive health, alternatives to high-risk behaviors, counseling, vocational skills, and self-esteem building.
  • Develop savings and microcredit opportunities to support the economic empowerment of women and discourage them from high-risk behaviors.
  • Organize media, theatre, and performing arts activities that promote the importance of good decision-making.
  • Offer free medical treatment to rural marginalized women and their families via field visits and rural clinics.
  • Provide resources for voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) centers. These centers are critical to limiting the spread of HIV and educating community members about preventative health practices.
  • Provide counseling and other social services for women and families affected by HIV.

Women of Uganda face a wide range of challenges including discrimination, low social status, lack of economic self sufficiency, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection. In Uganda, as in many African countries, gender discrimination means that women must submit to an overall lower social status than men. For many women, this reduces their power to act independently, become educated, avoid poverty, and/or escape reliance upon abusive men.

Many girls and young women become coerced into sex or can be obliged to trade sex for economic survival. It is common for girls to become sexually active at a much younger age than men, causing the rise of HIV/AIDS to become even more pronounced. Older men are breaking long-established social customs and choosing younger and younger girls to become their sexual partner in order to avoid catching HIV. In doing so, these men are in fact infecting them with HIV. In some districts, HIV prevalence among 13–19 year old girls is at least 10 times higher than in males of the same age.

Much development work in the Jinja and Kamuli Districts is geared towards promoting gender equality and relieving women of the hardships relating to their position in society. Along with these, URICT trains women of all ages in job skills and microenterprise creation and development. Through these programs, women have the opportunity to acquire micro-loans and build their own business ventures, thus allowing for greater economic independence. Your work in supporting any of our empowerment programs will put you in direct contact with the challenging struggle to secure equality and opportunity for women.

How to apply

Kindly contact Gabula Andrew on ugandarict@gmail.com

Location

Busota – 1 Bugonda Zone Kamuli – Jinja Rd, Busota Kamuli Uganda, Busota Kamuli, Eastern Region, 256, Uganda

Details

Skills needed
Extra details
Training provided
International volunteer options
International volunteers welcome
Housing available
Language/cultural support available
Keywords
Owner's areas of focus

Time Commitment

Duration
Less than 3 months
Time commitment
Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day
Mornings
Afternoons
Days of week
Weekdays
Schedule
Flexible schedule

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