Skilling Teen Mothers

Skilling Teen Mothers

Location
Kikajjo, Entebbe Rd. (Uganda)
Project Theme
Skilling Teen Mothers
Project problem

Women are worst hit by chronic poverty in Uganda

Project Theme

Developing Skills

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (TAILORING)

Women are worst hit by chronic poverty in Uganda. They are the most illiterate, the most involved in ungainful employment or work where they don’t get paid. Thesy bear the brunt of bringing up children and ensuring they go to school. A report entitled – Chronic Poverty in Uganda; the Policy Challenges – reveals that over 8 million of 30.7 million people is chronically poor, with women forming the bulk.

“Overall, 27% of the chronically poor households in rural areas are headed by women with the percentage rising to 40% in the urban setting,” says the report. Grassroots women, as ordinary people in society, on whose behalf decisions are made, require that their needs and interests are considered in the policies, laws, plans and programmes in order to attain the universal goals of gender equality and empowerment of women. Equally important, connecting grassroots women to development entails ensuring that they are included in decision-making processes that affect their lives and that they are able to contribute to and hence benefit from development.

Status of women in Mityana

  • Mityana has various categories of people, the fishing community, farmers and the pastoralists, and the women in these categories have somehow been left out. They are housewives, most of them doing agriculture but on a small scale. They don’t have power over resources as they are controlled by men. Most of the women are engaged in agriculture, but it is the men who determine what type of crop to grow. The woman clears the land, does everything plus cultivation, but when it comes to harvesting, selling and marketing, it is the man who benefits. Another challenge is women have no control over land. The woman uses that land knowing that it doesn’t belong to her.