In partnership with the Girl Effect Act4Africa will provide gender equality and health education, life-skills training and leadership opportunities to enable 65,000 vulnerable girls to escape poverty.
Adolescent girls in Uganda experience poverty through gender relations that leave them powerless and vulnerable. This forces them into lives of low-paid work, early marriage, unwanted pregnancy and sexual and domestic violence. This gender injustice denies these girls their human rights and prevents the nation from benefiting from the invaluable economic and social contribution that young women can bring.
This project releases the untapped potential of adolescent girls through the provision of comprehensive training, education and leadership opportunities. This enables girls to grow in stature, know their rights and exercise a positive leadership role in their own communities. We train community mentors to form girls and young women into savings and loans groups and provide mentoring support for starting small scale businesses.
Our 3 year program will enable girls to challenge the subordinate role of women and aspire to higher paid jobs, leadership positions and sexual equality. Their empowerment will impact upon their families and future generations and provide a basis for sustainable development and brighter futures.
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