ABOUT THE PROJECT
Uganda society is basically a patriarchal society with masculinity as one of the characteristics in most of the family and society which influences all aspects of social, cultural and economic life of the people Sons are economic insurance against the insecurities of old age, they virtually open the gateway to heaven by performing the death rites for their parents and they carry on the family name and legacy. Daughters however, are to be given away in marriage to care for their husband’s family. Women’s dependency is on men (father, husband, brother, son, etc) in all aspects of life. There is a popular saying in rural Uganda, “To girl is like watering a neighbor’s tree. You have the trouble and expense of nurturing the plant but the profit goes to somebody else “. So there is poor investment in girl’s education, nutrition and often health care compelling them to be creature within the four walls of the house. The socio-economic status of women in Kasese is very poor. Because of son preference traditions of society dominated by religious belief, women are found discriminated starting from pre-birth to upbringings, education, employment opportunities and freedom for taking part in the decision making process in the family and society.
In as a whole, women status in Uganda, compared to men have always been low. Nevertheless, women constitute more than half population in Uganda. So unless women are equally empowered, it’s difficult for human society to progress.
Ø To empower women of Kasese district through information and communication technology within 2 years.
Ø To provide basic computer skills including internet operation for literate women.
Ø To provide education on women empowerment for illiterate women through mother’s group.
Ø To produce and broadcast radio program on women empowerment on weekly basis through local Radio Station.
Ø To provide hearing amplifier and spectacles to women having hearing and eye impairment respectively.
Ø To provide knowledge and skill on e-learning and e-commerce.
Ø To increase the literacy rate and to empower the educational status of women.
Ø To conduct informal literacy program for women in backward communities.
Ø To facilitate academically deserving and economically underprivileged young women to pursue their studies in ICT.
Ø To provide Zero account and daily saving provision with ATM and SMS Banking facilities to the rural part in co-ordination with bank.
EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH ICT IN KASESE DISTRICT
CURRENT PROJECT PROBLEMS
With all events that GWLF held and project launch, overall major problems includes.
1. Computers and equipment’s for the training.
2. Internet connectivity and installations for information access.
3. Illiteracy in women
4. Inadequate funding
Since February 2017 to date, Gift Women Link Foundation for its best success in the lives of poor women and girls, GWLF won the “2017 Global Girls in ICT event fund from International Telecommunication Union and through partnership with some other organizations like African Ark College of Management Sciences, Tools With A mission UK, Global Good Deeds, Board members, the foundation has trained 132 participants in
different ICT skill development for the future. 2 (two) of These Girls in ICT Events results (2017 and 2018) have been hosted under www.giftwomenlink.com/events.
Due to continuous questions about events sustainability, the foundation planned to create an ICT centre for continuous training 2018.
GWLF has setup a project site with 3 staff members specifically for this project.
Due to continuous registrations and demand for ICT training, the foundation has organised a radio broadcast for disseminating information in rural and urban areas about ICT Empowerment for 3 months.
Six (6) women groups have been formed, well organised as trainers of trainees. Each group consists of 13 members who will take a training course for 3-6 months and after successful completion, a certificate of training will be awarded.
On 17th July 2018, Gift Women Link Foundation launched Empowering women with ICT project 2018 under the funding from ASOCIACION CULTURAL CANDELA from- Madrid Spain.
In the launch all groups attended the launch and took photos at the proposed training site with the project banner. The activities of the project has been listed in the proposal.