Case Studies

Kagoya RuthKagoya Ruth, 54 years old and living in Bukonte, is a mother of eight. She has been married for more than 30 years and in that time she has seen her sons and daughters grow up to be teachers, nurses, caterers and diligent students. “Education is important,” Ruth says. “Women can be leaders, if they keep going to school.” Women in rural Uganda are routinely denied secondary education. They drop out of school to focus on working on the land and being homemakers, in many cases even before marriage. Ruth is participating in our Adult Literacy programme, but that’s not all. In November 2016, WIL Uganda reached out to the women in Bukonte with our Rights & Advocacy programme. “There are many challenges for women in Uganda still. Women don’t know about their rights and they are still controlled by men,” says Ruth. This programme increases their knowledge.

Mugerwa UmarMugerwa Umar is Officer in Charge at Busembatia police station. The problems he has to tackle on a daily basis are theft, common assaults and domestic violence. According to Umar, the causes of the problems are diverse. Due to poverty, many people are not able to pay their fees and this creates tension in households. Daughters are given away for marriage at a young age, women are often unemployed and underpaid with rates between 30-60% of male wages. When law is applied, it is often the women that get a rough deal, says Umar: “It is important that women know their rights and can speak up if they have to. WIL Uganda improves this knowledge through the Rights & Advocacy and Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights programmes. The Adult Literacy and Crafts programmes help out in offering a chance to provide for their families and improving literacy skills, mobilizing the community.”

RehmarRehmar, 15, studies at Townside High School. She is a passionate advocate for education and a current member of the Teen Voices programme. “School helps me to know and understand more about the world,” says Rehmar. She wants to be a doctor, and aims to achieve this by reading sciences and concentrating on her studies. School is very important to her as she believes that, were she not studying, there would be no good future for her and she would end up getting married at a young age. The Teen Voices programme encourages female students to become leaders in their community, by teaching about gender equality and sharing their voices through articles distributed around the world. “There is nothing a man has that a women does not have,” emphasizes Rehmar.

Namufumba Sharifah is 17 years old and attends Townside High School.  Namufumba was selected as a team leader on our in school Rights and Advocacy programme.  Talking about the programme Namufumba said “WIL-Uganda has helped me to recognise and appreciate my Rights as a child, and as part of every human being in this country like freedom from discrimination, be it in race or religion, and also how to fight for what is right through advocacy and I believe when I continue with WIL-Uganda I will be able to also teach my friends our rights”

Mr Kayingo Moses is the head teacher of Townside High School. Talking about our in school programmes he said “I have witnessed a behavioural change amongst the girls in our school. WIL Uganda has created hope for these young girls and we are forever grateful.”

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