What We Do
Girl Effect – Uganda
In partnership with the Girl Effect and Uganda Girl Guides Association, Act4Africa provides 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.
Our three-year program enables 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.
The aim of STRIDES is to enable the young people in the Mayuge District of Uganda to take full control of their lives through improved access to sexual and reproductive health services and information.
The project means young people and adult community members have better access to information and care regarding Sexually Transmitted Infections, condom distribution, ante natal care, live births, teenage pregnancy, contraceptive use and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV education.
Over a four-year period, Act4Africa, aims to reduce the spread and effects of HIV/AIDS in Uganda by reaching approximately 600,000 people in the 28 sub-counties of Kasese District in Western Uganda. The project will improve access to health education and mitigate the factors contributing to HIV transmission using interactive teaching/communication programmes that draw on Theatre for Development (TfD) techniques.
The Big Lottery Fund funded project aims to inform and influence vulnerable target groups, improve knowledge of risk of HIV infection, promote the human and the sexual rights of women, challenge gender inequality and reduce the stigmatisation of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and people with disabilities (PWD). Teachers, health workers and traditional herbalists are also provided with training opportunities to improve their skills in these areas. Mobile and house to house HIV testing and counselling is provided and the project will leave a sustainable resource of over 300 community-based trainers and 300 school-based peer educators.