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About Us


Equal Opportunities For Women & Children in Uganda (EOWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending discrimination, improving lives and ending poverty. Our work is in Uganda within Eastern Africa. We put women and children at the center of development efforts because we know that we cannot overcome poverty and all other social economic challenges until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

EOWC is currently working in the south west of Uganda (Kabale, Kisoro and Kasese Districts). The program areas are deep in the rural areas of the above mentioned districts. However, due to insecurity faced in Kasese district last year[REVIEW], programing in that district has been suspended.

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THE GENESIS

The organization started as an initiative of three women that had been working with and supporting women’s self-help groups (and in some cases village loans and savings associations VLSAs) in their ancestral homes.


The founders engaged with these women’s groups on different issues related to women and children’s nutrition and poverty alleviation. In engaging with these women’s groups, they discovered that some of the most marginalized women and children in these groups were far worse off. Some were mothers of children with mental challenges e.g. cerebral palsy.

These mothers and their children faced a lot of stigma and discrimination. Others were widows and faced several challenges including being sent of most of the land they used to cultivate, they then had to hire out their services digging for people in the community to secure a meal while earning less than 1 dollar per day. A good number of the women lived in poverty and faced health and nutrition challenges coupled with intimate partner violence.

Initially the founders in their own limited financial capacity provided cash grants to the women’s SHGs in the hope that this would significantly change the group member’s lives. Eventually however, it became clear that the barriers faced by women and children in these groups and in the broader context were wide ranging and interconnected. It was clear that a complex problem required deeper and longer standing interventions to change (see theory of change HERE). In 2015 Equal Opportunities for Women and Children in Uganda (EOWC) was then formally constituted.

THE MAIN PROGRAM AREAS INCLUDE

  1. The Sustainable Livelihoods Program – this is mainly economic empowerment for women and children through improved agriculture, microfinance and financial training.
  2. Creating safer and healthy communities – this is improvement of health indicators through maternal health, sexual and reproductive health promotion, mental health and prevention of violence against women and children .
  3. Natural resource management - this is closely linked to the sustainable livelihoods program. The effects of climate change have adverse effects on women and children in rural poor countries of which Uganda is one. We promote environmentally friendly commercial activities like agro-forestry
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OUR VISION

Equal Opportunities for Women & Children is committed to creating a community where women & children are safe, healthy, valued, and empowered.

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OUR MISSION

We work to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. This is achieved using an equal opportunities approach incorporated in a women & children centered philosophy.

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OUR FOCUS

We put women and children in the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

OUR VALUES


TRANSFORMATION
We believe in urgent action, and the necessity of transformation—within the society and our own organization.

INTEGRITY
We are accountable to the people and partners we humbly serve, transparently sharing our results, stories, and lessons.

DIVERSITY
We know that by embracing differences and joining together we can solve the most complex problems.

EXCELLENCE
We challenge ourselves to the highest level of learning and performance, tapping the best of the human spirit to create impact.

EQUALITY
We believe in the equal value of every human being and the importance of respecting and honouring everyone: we know that change happens through people.


Theory of Change
The organization works to address discrimination of women and children by dismantling the barriers they face namely dominant social norms, unequal opportunities, inadequate and inaccessible services, challenging macro-economic environment, limited ability to participate in social and economic development activities.

Interventions by EOWC to dismantle these barriers include awareness raising on common norms/ myths that discriminate women and children perpetuating violence and negative health outcomes, building financial literacy capacity and entrepreneurship skills, supporting women’s SHGs/ VLSAs to enhance the agricultural value chain and engage in agribusiness to significantly increase their incomes, direct support to women and children for enhanced health and economic indicators.
Click here to read the detailed theory of change


EOWC Board
The organization is fortunate to have a wide range of professionals on its board with different thematic competencies in different fields relevant to its activities and institutional capacity. The seven-person team includes people in the following fields, law, women’s rights, academia (anthropology and biochemistry), accounting, pharmaceuticals, and agribusiness.

MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

Board-member-1

Ms. Dorothy Kiconco

Chair Person

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Ms. Rhona Baingana

V. Chair Person

Board-member-3

Ms. Samalie Nabaasa

Board Secretary

Board-member-4

Ms. Immaculate Nansikombi

Board Member

Board-member-5

Dr. David Mafigiri

Board Member


EOWC Staff
The team at EOWC is a passionate and committed range of professionals in the fields of development studies, social work, business management and accounting. The small but growing staff comprises of the Executive Director, Ms. Samalie Nabaasa, Technical Director, Program Officers, volunteers and Accounts Assistant.

MEET THE STAFF MEMBERS

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Program Officer

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Program Officer

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Voluteer

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Accounts Assistant

Physical Address

Equal Opportunities For Women And Children In Uganda
Kingdom Kampala, Nile Avenue
Plot 31A/35A-37A/39A
P.O Box 287
Kampala, Uganda

Contacts

Email: info@eowcug.org
Office: +256 772860973
Mobile: +256 772860973

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