• Council for Economic Empowerment for Women of Africa-Uganda
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Girls, Women with Disabilities (GWWDs)

Girls, Women with Disabilities (GWWDs)

Desk Policy and Programme review

Minding the gender and disability gaps: Economic Empowerment and Better Livelihoods of Girls and Women with Disabilities

Background

The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda stipulates the need to empower and provide equal opportunities to PWDs. Government has focused on provision of health services, community based rehabilitation, vocational training, Universal Primary Education as key measures to empower vulnerable groups including PWDs. Through the disability policy, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) aspires to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of People with Disabilities (PWDs) through expanding the scope of interventions.

Rationale

CEEWA Uganda conducted a Desk review on gender and disability inclusion in selected policies that aimed at enhancing economic empowerment of men and women in Uganda and identified gaps that need to be addressed. These policies included; Disability, Gender, Elderly, Agriculture, Community Development, Youth and Trade and Industry.

CEEWA-U also performed a gender and disability responsiveness review of selected sectors (Community Development & Production) and district development plans and budgets of selected districts including; Apac, Mbarara, Kitgum and Buikwe.

CEEWA-U identified the evident weak link between policy and practice for Economic Empowerment of PWDs with a special focus on girls and women with disabilities. CEEWA-U was   set out to:

  • Determine opportunities and gaps for promoting Economic Empowerment of girls & women with disabilities in the government policies and programs.
  • Submit recommendations to enhance gender and disability responsiveness of economic empowerment related policies and programs.

The focus of CEEWA-U’s intervention was to promote recognition, mainstreaming of the Economic Empowerment concerns for the PWDs in the policy formulation, accountability and implementation of development programs, to ultimately, improve the economic status of Girls Women with Disabilities and their livelihoods.

    1. Persons with disability especially girls and women with disabilities living in chronic poverty.
    2. Girls and women with disabilities surviving on begging and hand outs.
    3. Little being known about the extent to which persons with disability access the government-funded Economic Empowerment programs.
    4. There was limited effort to address the need for gainful employment and sustainable enterprises for GWWDs
    5. Representation of PWDs in policy and governance organs at various levels was not yet facilitated for better prioritization and oversight of their needs.
    6. Need to influence the gender and equity budgeting reforms.

Overall Objective

The overall objective was to determine the needs for economic empowerment of girls and women with disabilities and advocate for their inclusion in selected policies, programs and Budgets. 

Specific Objectives

  1. To improve understanding of the extent of gender economic participation of men and women with disabilities in the formal and informal sectors in selected districts.
  2. To enhance appreciation of existing and potential economic opportunities for PWDs. 
  3. To raise awareness on the existing institutional capacity of local governments to integrate economic empowerment of men and women with disabilities in the local community development agenda.
  4. To contribute to information on constraints to economic empowerment of men and women with disabilities and facilitate discussion of issues and recommendations.
  5. To enhance the capacity of GWWDs to articulate their economic empowerment issues and lobby for appropriate disability-inclusive policy interventions.

Desk Policy and Programme review

CEEWA Uganda conducted a Desk review on gender and disability inclusion in selected policies that aimed at enhancing economic empowerment of men and women in Uganda and identified gaps that need to be addressed. These policies included; Disability, Gender, Elderly, Agriculture, Community Development, Youth and Trade and Industry.

  • Friday July 10, 2020
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