I have just returned from Uganda where I was privileged to attend our second annual conference in Kasese near the DRC, congo border. It was really good to hear some really great feedback from our stakeholders, local leaders and health workers but what really touched my heart was the being able to meet and personally thank several of the young women who are helping us in schools as Act4Africa peer educators. Brenda, Edith and Sharon are in the photograph below and you can hear Sharon describe what she is doing in the attached vidoe link. Sharon was born HIV positive and is a shining example of the benefits that education can make. She is ambitious and woud like to become a nurse eventually if she can complete all her schooling. Act4Africa has already committed to help her on that journey but it would be so good to be able to help more Sharons like this.
Thank you so much for your support.
Act4Africa measures the impact of everything we do in the field and we thought you would like to see how with your support we are making a measurable difference to the lives of disadvantaged young women in Uganda. This year over a period of just 6 months our field team in Kasese have achieved the following results:
Outcome: Gender Equality – Boys and Girls, Men and women, practice and promote gender equality and sexual rights.
Indicator: 1.0 Percentage increase of women and girls who hold a leadership position in any community group
10-14 years Pre-Training 45%; Post-Training 71%
The results show an increase of 26% for the youth. It would seem that increased confidence resulting from the training is reflected in the youth.
Trainee “In schools, the problem of gender inequality in this institution is the issue of misinformation which puts males at the head of teaching sciences and females teaching simple subjects like English. We realised that this misinformation has no source other than the inferiority complex of women qualifying in simple subjects compared to men.”
Indicator: 2.0 Percentage increase in women and girls who freely express confidence to refuse sexual advances
10-14 years Pre-Training 69%; Post-Training 78%
15-54 years Pre-Training 70%; Post-Training 94%-
A 24% increase was achieved for the older age group and a 9% increase for the younger group.
Training Workshop Feedback; "Gender means working together as men and women in harmony”
Indicator: 3.0 Percentage increase of boys and men who show increased respect for girls and women's sexual rights
Pre-Training 62.5%; Post-Training 78%
A 12% increase was achieved.
Indicator: 4.0 Percentage increase of women and girls showing ability to negotiate safe sex
Pre-Training 67.5%; Post-Training 85.5%
An 18% increase was achieved.
Key Informant Interview “I had my first boyfriend in 2010 and we always met without a condom, but after the Act4Africa training, I was able to tell my boyfriend openly that i will no longer continue with the relationship”
Results provided by Act4Africa Team Leaders, Kasese, Uganda based on structured questionnaires and interviews with key informants.
Our Act4Africa teams across the breadth of Uganda have been busy this last few months.
One of the busiest has been our team of dedicated staff in Kasese, Western Uganda. They have trained 100 young Peer Educators in 4 sub counties, (Lake Katwe -20, Kisinga – 30, Munkunyu –30, Kyarumba -20). In 9 schools. Peer Educator trainees are equipped with information about gender equality, female autonomy and mutual gender respect
Feedback on Behaviour Change:
But its not just the females who gain from this teaching even the boys in the community are impacted. For example, one male stated "he had a new understanding of the links between gender issues and HIV/AIDS transmission and promised to change the negative attitudes he held about male superiority".
Over the next few months Ruth and her collegues will begin to train the next cohort of young women and we look forward to hearing how much it helps them make a change for the future !
Act4africa Jinja has been delivering an exciting training opportunity of community engagement with young people through our "Girl effect" project.
The project has reached and impacted over 180 young beneficiaries to date from different school clubs.
Based from the testimonies of the trainees the impact of the training is positively influencing their behaviours, choices and healthy lifestyles.
Visit the links below, to hear what Benna, Joy and Victoria have to say about what they have learned.
Act4Africa thank you for the generous support towards this cause that is impacting the lives of young people for a bright future.
This last quarter we have been delighted to be able to bring Act4Africa Jinja District into our “girl effect” training programme. Patrick Kigongo our project manager said “ We express our gratitude for the generous funding and support extended to Act4Africa JInja, through the “girl effect” project”.
Patrick notes that statistically, Uganda is still struggling with combating the HIV scourge in the sub Saharan region, with the current prevalence standing at a stubborn and staggering 6.7per cent. Therefore, this girl effect training program is very timely and complements the government’s efforts by addressing issues of gender that are part of the predisposing factors to HIV spread, as well as making a difference in the lives of communities here.
This last quarter Patrick and his team have so far managed to reach over 80 beneficiaries, including Girl Guides and in-school holiday clubs with the gender program.
Here below, is what some of the beneficiaries we trained had to say:
I am Flavia, a 20 years old school girl in Jinja. Through the Girl Effect gender workshop I have got a chance to learn about love and negotiation. I never knew that one has a right to negotiate for sex. I have also learned about stigma and gender. I thank Act4Africa for such a good program and I will do, and follow what has been taught to me
I am Mercy, an 18 years old and a student in Jinja District. Through the Act4Africa "Girl Effect" Gender training I have learnt a lot, from domestic violence, to stigma in society, But the training on sex and negotiation touched me most and I have come to realize that in a marriage life, women are more intimidated and have little say when it comes to issues concerning sex. So couples should learn communication skills, a foundation of love, trust and mutual understanding. Both husband and wife should agree on something before embarking on it. With this training, I will help my peers, friends and especially the married ones.
I am Martha, 19 years old. Through the “girl effect” gender training I have learnt that there is no work or roles just composed for a single different gender. I also learnt many things through the gender dramas , for example many lessons that will make me to have the best family in future. I will work hand in hand with my future husband and also teach other women that women also have rights and can make decisions on their own and even negotiate for sex.
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