Uganda Rural Fund values the needs and contributions of women in society today.
We are committed to the empowerment of women groups through awareness raising on their rights, roles and responsibilities, to enable them get actively involved in decision making processes for improved livelihoods.
The objective of this empowerment program is to provide education, employment assistance, health, and housing and support services to women who are in disadvantaged positions due to poverty, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS infection. Our goal is to provide case management, support services, basic skills education and resource coordination that can offer viable alternatives of life.
Advocacy and capacity building are going to be the main stream of URCSF work among women in the rural targeted communities.
Realizing that intervention for empowerment of poor women must be done at many different levels, the organization will intervene at a higher level than household level. The organization wants to move to policy interaction at district, and national levels.
The advocacy program aims at directly increasing women’s access to information and opportunities for sustainable development thereby increasing t heir choices and abilities to engage in development processes that directly affect them.
- Active participation in local leadership
- Food securities
- Human rights advocacy
- Access to markets
- Influencing of local government
Mobilizing women to play a role in community responses to AIDS through their participation in in prevention and care activities based on understanding, compassion and community solidarity.
The capacity building component involves strengthening of human resources for women groups in technical and organizational ski lls. It also aims at the provision of basic needs and empowerment in decision-making processes at all levels of society. The capacity building programmes will use lessons drawn from its experiences with communities at the grass roots.
Women face many problems in our society today, like illiteracy, inequitable wages, and poor health caused by systems and social customs, which make it difficult for women to break free from a life of poverty. The organization will serve to strengthen the women’s political and economic participation and help women build self-sufficiency and self-esteem through women’s cooperatives and training programs.
The organization will help women to start organic agriculture as a means of earning a better income, while also protecting the quality of their soil for future harvests.
The organization will train the women and other marginal farmers in the use of local seeds and other sustainable organic agricultural practices, including the preparation of organic pesticides and practice of composting.
Most of all, URCSF will promote women’s involvement in agricultural decision making and increasing the opportunities for women in agriculture.
Women will learn valuable business skills so that they become more active participants in community life and in the decisions that affect them.