Volunteer with Women and Girls Empowerment Project in Uganda
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Justice Tourism Foundation
Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, are an economically disadvantaged group and rural women in particular are more economically disadvantaged. The lack of economic power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long term development.
Although women have great contribution to the African socio-economic development, in Uganda, they still remain among the most vulnerable members of the society. Women face many challenges including; discrimination, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education, unequal rights, poverty, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection; which is directly attributed to the long-standing patriarchal traditions and extreme poverty.
These challenges are especially difficult to overcome for women, as there are fewer jobs available to them, and family concerns can often monopolize their time. Gender roles in rural Uganda still adhere to traditional and cultural codes. When a family is struggling economically, girls are more likely than boys to be taken out of school to help with income-generating activities or agricultural labor, and they are more likely to be married at a young age.
Justice Tourism Foundation works with local communities to promote gender equality, help women overcome difficult circumstances, and empower them to reach their full potential through Practical Skills Training for Poverty Eradication:
- Tailoring—Our TAILORING training teaches mothers to make several different things, such as casual wear, office wear, as well as traditional clothing. They also learn how to make school uniforms, bags, wallets, etc. In this way we are trying to help a vulnerable mother be in position to take care of herself, her children and all her dependents. We make sure that by the end of the training, a mother can acquire a sewing machine and create an employment opportunity for herself.
- Hairdressing—In Uganda, most urban women plait their hair, so targeting those women, our HAIRDRESSING training teaches mothers how to plait and set different hair styles, such as twist, dreadlocks, corn rows, etc. After training ASTCF helps them set up simple salons, and we also try to offer start up kits to help them get their businesses going.
- Arts and Crafts—Our ARTS AND CRAFTS training provides mothers with both traditional and contemporary craft-making skills. They learn how to make modern jewelry for every day and formal wear that is attractive to local consumers. We also specialize in creating accessories like tote bags, purses and wearable art that appeals to an international market. With both the international and local markets to generate income, our artisans have the most sustainable way of supporting themselves.
- Soap making—Our SOAP MAKING training teaches women how to make liquid soap to use in their homes, as well as sell to their communities, schools and hotels.
The Volunteer’s Role and Job Description
The Volunteer opportunities are many and varied in this projects - poverty reduction program – small business skills, IT and administration experience, agriculture, alternative technology, product design and marketing – all these skills and more will be welcome in this volunteer project. Volunteers in this field are role models and may conduct sensitization training on management, finance, and enterprise development, reproductive health, counseling, vocational skills, and self-esteem building; develop savings and micro-credit opportunities; offer free medical services; develop small grant proposals, research for funding agencies and raise funds for local women projects; and help explore possible market for women’s products. Empowering women will not only improve their leadership skills but will also teach them about independence, initiative and self-motivation.
To Apply to this project, please contact our staff at email@example.com or visit our website at www.justicetourism.org
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Complete and submit our online application form with the details of your chosen program and dates. You will receive an automated confirmation email that your application was received. Within 48 hours (2 working days), you will receive an email from your Justice Tourism Foundation (JTF) acknowledging your application and confirming the project and dates of your volunteer program. In this email, you will receive more information about your chosen program, as well as details on how to pay the non-refundable deposit on your program of US$150 which is required to validate and initiate the application process and to secure your placement. It will only take you a short time to complete this form: Online application.