Women's Empowerment

What is the project about?


UNDP is collaborating with the Parliament of Uganda to undertake gender responsive budgeting for natural resources to reduce the socioeconomic inequalities between men and women (Photo:UNDP Uganda/2012)

Although Uganda has made considerable strides in gender equality, especially manifest in the proportion of women national legislators at 34.9 percent - higher than the world average of 19.47 percent - there is still a challenge to empower women at domestic levels. Maternal mortality rates are still high, with 16 women who die while giving birth every day. UNDP supports the government to create gender-sensitive policies, budgeting and economic plans. It also works towards social and economic empowerment of women at grassroots.

The social domestic setting gives women an unfair start in life compared to men. The average Ugandan woman spends nine hours a day on labour activities such as fetching water, firewood and caring for the sick, according to the Uganda MDG Report 2007.

The burden of care makes the woman particularly vulnerable when it comes to competing on the job market as it affects girls’ ability to concentrate on education and compete favourably. It is no wonder literacy rates for Ugandans aged 10 years and above is at 79 percent for men, but 66 percent for women, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics’ Statistical Abstract for 2012. For women, dropouts from school are due to financial constraints, family responsibilities, illness, early marriages and pregnancies.

Girls in social settings are handed domestic household chores, usually because their mothers are working in farm and non-farm activities to supplement household resources.  And although women comprise an estimated 70 percent of those working in agriculture, they  experience unequal access to, and control over, important productive resources, notably land, which limits their ability to raise productivity and even move out of subsistence agriculture, according to the Uganda MDG Report 2010.

The northern Ugandan woman suffered a far more alarming fate then her urban and other regional sisters. The 20-year-old conflict with the Lord Resistance Army left her extremely poor, displaced from her home, and often the victim of sexual and gender based violence.

The challenge of gender equality and women’s empowerment is integrated in all UNDP’s programme activities. UNDP promotes gender-sensitive budgeting and policymaking, and works to mainstream the gender dimension into macro-economic policies. We support the women’s participation in democratic governance, through an active representation at the local council level and in the local administration of justice in local council courts. We are also involved in reducing the incidence of HIV among vulnerable women through its HIV mainstreaming activities.

Our Priority Focus & Objectives


Empowering women to demand for accountability and better service delivery (Photo:UNDP Uganda/2013)

The challenge of gender equality and women’s empowerment is integrated in all UNDP’s programme activities. UNDP promotes gender-sensitive budgeting and policymaking, and works to mainstream the gender dimension into macro-economic policies.

We support the women’s participation in democratic governance, through an active representation at the local council level and in the local administration of justice in local council courts. We are also involved in reducing the incidence of HIV among vulnerable women through its HIV mainstreaming activities.

Objectives:

  1. Promote women’s participation in peace and security matters including sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) prevention.
  2. Enhance capacities for better prevention and response to SGBV.
  3. Ensure effective and efficient implementation of the SGBV Project.

Key Gender Project - Promoting Civic and Political Participation of Women and Youth in the Informal Sector




A Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) group in Lango. Many women and youths have been able to get start-up capital to initiate businesses and improve their livelihoods and their communities (UNDP Uganda/2012

This project is focusing on promoting awareness about civic and political rights under the multiparty dispensations, especially among the youth and women.  

UNDP is working with the Platform for Labour Action (PLA), to implement the project, in collaboration with local governments to teach women and young people what their political rights and civic duties are. This is in addition to encouraging young people and women to stand up and assume positions of leadership.

This mobilisation is done through community awareness meetings, distribution of education and communication materials through communities, peer education and interactive radio talk shows. The project is covering five districts: Iganga, Bugiri, Lakiro, Amolatar and Dokolo.

Our Achievements

  • Supported the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to put in place policies for poverty eradication through equitable development communities.
  • Trained women in business skills with specific focus on entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing and pricing and capacity building for micro finance institutions.
  • Created general entrepreneurship awareness and skills for small and medium enterprises owned by women.
Project Overview
Status
Active
Project Start date
2011
Estimated End date
2013
Geographical Coverage
Uganda
Focus Area
Governance, Poverty Reduction & Energy and Environment
MDG
MDG 3
Project Officer
Sarah Nakku
Partners
Government of Uganda, Platform for Labour Action (PLA)