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Women's Economic Empowerment

http://www.penhanetwork.org/images/Rugushulu%20group.jpgProgramme: The aim is to empower pastoralist women economically by training them in business skills and increasing their access to information, business networks and credit. It is taking place in Somaliland and Sudan in addition to Uganda. Local staff  have been recruited, a base line and mapping study has been conducted in Uganda's Cattle Corridor (Masaka and Ssembabule districts) by means of focus group discussions with pastoralist women, reviewing available secondary data and analysis and wide consultations with local officials, business people and development agencies. The report can be downloaded by clicking here (521 kb). A photo essay of pastoralist women in Uganda can also be downloaded by clicking here. (2,342 kb) Due its size, a fast internet link is necessary.

For more details of the Women's Economic Empowerment programme in Uganda, click here

Three workshop in business skills for pastoralist women from Uganda were held: in Masaka, in Nakasongola and in Soroti in 2010. The training gave participants practical skills that they can use to improve their businesses as well as learning better ways of organizing and management groups. The training was participatory so that participants shared their knowledge and opinions.

One group of participants and organisers can be seen in this photo in the grounds of the Masaka Social Centre, where the workshop was held.

A fuller report of the programme with pictures can be downloaded by clicking here (738 kb).

This workshop is part of the Women's Economic Empowerment programme in the Pastoral Areas of Uganda, Sudan and Somaliland. It was funded by Danida.