Empowering local communities to prevent violence against women and children in west Nile.

Project overview

The overall objective of the project is to empower women and children in Koboko and Arua districts to live peaceful and dignified lives as they enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights. The intervention seeks to achieve two overall outcomes: Oc1) Female (ex)inmates have access to improved and impactful rehabilitation and reintegration services; Oc2) Community structures actively engage in changing attitudes, perceptions and practices regarding respect for women’s and children’s rights.

The action hereby is two-fold, as it seeks to support (1) vulnerable women in and after prison as well as linking it (2) to vulnerable women in the community at large. The action identifies women as particularly vulnerable, where they fall victims to domestic violence and SGBV. Hence it seeks to engage both duty bearers (such as local government leadership structures, police and Uganda Prisons Service leadership) as well as rights holders (particularly women) in efforts to enable women live dignified lives in realization of their rights. As the wellbeing of women is closely linked to the wellbeing of their children (and vice versa), the action also includes activities for these children, particularly those who stay in prison with their mothers and whose rights are denied due to the vulnerability of their mothers

In direct relation to the second outcome (Oc2) and in addition to the engagement with leaders the envisioned societal change process of norms, practices and attitudes will be further driven and triggered through direct engagement of the communities. in the project PICOT Builds on her rich experience of using the method of forum theatre as a participatory tool of community engagement around sensitive topics.