WHY GIRLS & WOMEN?
In Uganda, girls live in a male-dominated society that dictates women’s subordination and economic reliance on men. Male dependence for survival makes it harder for women to escape the cycle of extreme poverty. Without equal educational and economic opportunities, girls are never able to fully realize their potential. Men take advantage of women and reserve them to the domain of the home as wives and mothers.
When the overall wellbeing of girls is prioritized, a girl will learn the importance of gaining control over her life and body. Investing in educating the girl child will allow her to develop confidence as an empowered girl and begin to speak up against gender-based violence, child marriage, and gender inequality. This will lower her chance of falling into the major pitfalls of child marriage, sexual violence, exposure to HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
Uganda For Her Initiative believes in providing young women and girls with the educational opportunity to rise above their challenges. We advocate for the development of economic independence and self-confidence to help women take charge of their bodies and lives. We envision a world where girls can grow up to be socially and economically empowered women, who will be leaders and peer mentors within their communities.