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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.
To read more about Gender Equity issues in Uganda, click here.
FSD joins efforts with several gender equity organizations to support local programs and initiatives that:
- Provide training and sensitization for women's groups on management, financing, and enterprise development to increase independence and allow mothers to better support their families.
- 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 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.
Read more about Gender Equity programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in Uganda.
For a description of the opportunities available in each development subject addressed by FSD in Uganda, click on the links below:
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