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GWEFODE empowers Women to end Water Scarcity by Challenging Traditional Male Stereotypes in Kabale District

Access to water and Sanitation facilities still remains a challenge and continues to be responsible for high mortality and morbidity in rural communities of Kabale district.

There is low awareness of Economic and Social rights especially the right to water and sanitation, the right to land and other natural resources.

Kabale district is a Water stressed area and given that its geographical terrain is predominantly hills, the number of people with limited access to water in rural communities continues to increase. This affects women and girls who walk long distances in search for the much needed water in order to feed their families and become vulnerable to physical and sexual violence and other life threatening attacks.

To this end, GWEFODE is Training local women groups from water stressed areas as masons in construction of ferro cement tanks empowering them to become efficient water users and managers. The organization has established women groups and strengthened existing ones such as Rurembo Women Group and Kankiiro Women group thinking of innovative ways of how to bring water close to themselves and their communities through initiating Rain Water Harvesting Tank Schemes,

“We have noted Women challenging traditional stereotypes by building water and sanitation technologies sometimes face adversity in their communities from their husbands and male leaders. However, we believe that if women can receive comprehensive training and support, they can provide a much-needed service to their communities by introducing simple technologies and strategies, thereby gaining access to the decision-making table” Says Ms Lydia Komuhangi, the Executive Director of GWEFODE.

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Participatory Governance & Gender Equity Advocacy

GWEFODE’s work is to Promote Participatory Governance using Rights Based Approach to programming and gender equity in development as well as participation in decision making.
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Gender Based Violence Prevention & Response

GWEFODE mobilizes resources to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence access free medical treatment and psychosocial support.
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Over 95% of households in Kabale district use biomass fuels (firewood and charcoal) to cook on traditional stoves. This reliance on firewood presents mothers with impossible choices.
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GWEFODE supports entrepreneurial development through equipping marginalized women and youth with skills such as tailoring, candle making and making charcoal briquettes aimed at income generation.
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GWEFODE improves the management of water sources through refresher trainings and sensitization of community members especially women and children on better use.
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GWEFODE creates awareness on maternal and child health and advocates for improved health services to reduce on maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
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A joint Statement on The Right of Indigenous Batwa People to Land and Natural Resources in Uganda Submitted by GWEFODE and France Libertes to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

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