In-depth

Supporting Value chains in agricultural commodities to empower womenural value chains
Through the African Facility for Inclusive Markets, UNDP in Uganda is supporting the development of regional value chains for the production and distribution of commodities such as coffee, beans and cassava to help raise the incomes of many thousands of smallholder farmers, majority of whom are women (Photo: UNDP).

The social domestic setting gives women an unfair start in life compared to men. The average Ugandan woman spends nine hours a day on labour activities such as fetching water, firewood and caring for the sick, according to the Uganda MDG Report 2007.

The burden of care makes the woman particularly vulnerable when it comes to competing on the job market as it affects girls’ ability to concentrate on education and compete favourably. It is no wonder literacy rates for Ugandans aged 10 years and above is at 79 percent for men, but 66 percent for women, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics’ Statistical Abstract for 2012. For women, dropouts from school are due to financial constraints, family responsibilities, illness, early marriages and pregnancies.

Girls in social settings are handed domestic household chores, usually because their mothers are working in farm and non-farm activities to supplement household resources.  And although women comprise an estimated 70 percent of those working in agriculture, they  experience unequal access to, and control over, important productive resources, notably land, which limits their ability to raise productivity and even move out of subsistence agriculture, according to the Uganda MDG Report 2010.

The northern Ugandan woman suffered a far more alarming fate then her urban and other regional sisters. The 20-year-old conflict with the Lord Resistance Army left her extremely poor, displaced from her home, and often the victim of sexual and gender based violence.

The challenge of gender equality and women’s empowerment is integrated in all UNDP’s programme activities. UNDP promotes gender-sensitive budgeting and policymaking, and works to mainstream the gender dimension into macro-economic policies. We support the women’s participation in democratic governance, through an active representation at the local council level and in the local administration of justice in local council courts. We are also involved in reducing the incidence of HIV among vulnerable women through its HIV mainstreaming activities.

Our Priority Areas

Empowering women for sustainable development
Empowering women to demand for accountability and better service delivery (Photo: UNDP Uganda)

The challenge of gender equality and women’s empowerment is integrated in all UNDP’s programme activities. UNDP promotes gender-sensitive budgeting and policymaking, and works to mainstream the gender dimension into macro-economic policies.

We support the women’s participation in democratic governance, through an active representation at the local council level and in the local administration of justice in local council courts. We are also involved in reducing the incidence of HIV among vulnerable women through its HIV mainstreaming activities.

 Objectives:

  1. Promote women’s participation in peace and security matters including sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) prevention.
  2. Enhance capacities for better prevention and response to SGBV.
  3. Ensure effective and efficient implementation of the SGBV Project.

 

Our Achievements

Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight
UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark (left), meeting with Hon Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, during a recent country visit in May 2013. UNDP is collaborating with the Parliament of Uganda through the Strengthening Oversight Functions for Accountable Service Delivery project, which aims to improve monitoring of service delivery, capacity development for the parliamentary commission, parliamentarians and parliamentary committees among others (UNDP Uganda 2013)
  1. Supported the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to put in place policies for poverty eradication through equitable development communities.
  2. Trained women in business skills with specific focus on entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing and pricing and capacity building for micro finance institutions.
  3. Created general entrepreneurship awareness and skills for small and medium enterprises owned by women.
Women's Empowerment
Our Priority

The challenge of gender equality and women’s empowerment is integrated in all UNDP’s programme activities. UNDP promotes gender-sensitive budgeting and policymaking, and works to mainstream the gender dimension into macro-economic policies.

Our Objectives

Promote women’s participation in peace and security matters including sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) prevention.

Our Achievements

Supported the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to put in place policies for poverty eradication through equitable development communities