Women And Children’s Empowerment Network in Africa
WACENA Uganda was established in the year 2008 by a number of concerned mothers together with women students from Makerere University Kampala with a purpose of addressing and alleviating the acute and long-term consequences of violence against the women and children of Uganda.
The empowerment of women means the development of their ability to take collective and individual control over their lives, identify their needs and determine their interests. In most cases, empowerment of women requires the transformation of the division of labor and society.
They observed and considered four consequences faced by the victims of violence:
- Physical health consequences
- Sexual and reproductive consequences
- Psychological consequences
- Financial consequences
With all the above in mind, WACENA believes that women and children are deserving of human rights. During the first year of its operation, the organization started various activities that involved the beneficiaries directly at all stages of participation.
Among the activities that were initiated included but were not limited to:
- Raising the voices of women and children through music, dance and art events.
- Needs Assessments.
- Preparation of Training Manuals for gender equality.
- Local leaders’ meetings and seminars.
- Micro-credit training for raped and defiled woman living in the slums.
- Initiating anti-child sacrifice campaigns.
- Establishing and facilitating Women and Children Non-Violence Forums.
- Developing a network of unemployed young women.
- Rehabilitating persecuted girls of the LGBT minority.
- Developing and disseminating HIV/AIDS awareness products and publications.
- Producing video educational programs on HIV/AIDS and violence against women and children.
- Training women as facilitators for the Youth and Project staff in HIV/AIDS awareness-raising strategies.
- Establishing a database and carrying out regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for HIV/AIDS affected women and children.
- Enhancing the competitiveness of small businesses established in the City slums and semi-urban centers mentoring women entrepreneurs through cluster attachments.
- Establishing networks with government ministries and civil society organizations with related objectives.
- Conducting zonal workshops for High School girls and senior women teachers on issues of empowering young girls.
- Addressing the issue of elevating a government policy that would make all sanitary products for women and girls tax-free products.