Project Background

According to UNFPA* 2017 report, women constitute 51% of the population in Uganda. Despite their number, these women are disempowered by being limited to access to healthcare, education and work opportunities. They can hardly access training and they are exposed to work in the informal market making them more vulnerable and in particular for young women exposing them to sexual exploitation and poverty.

Unemployment rate stands at 7.0% for females compared to 6.1% for males. UNFPA,2017

Some Facts

Women in Uganda, either from Uganda, migrant or refugee, support the entire social system of the country. They contribute a lot more than their male counterparts yet they faces many challenges and the most forms of gender based violence. Women need to be empowered and be champions and leaders in their communities and country.

7% Unemployment for Women in Uganda

Unemployment rate stands at 7.0% for female compared to 6% for males. UNFPA, 2017

Get Access to the market

In Uganda, women are the ones who sustain the family and they deserve to be empowered and to be the leaders in their communities and country. Our centre aims to support women to access employment and to succeed in their professional career.

22% Victims of Sexual violence

Up to 22% of Women aged 15 to 49 in Uganda had experienced a form of sexual violence. 13% of women aged 15 to 49 report experiencing sexual violence. (Uganda Demographic and Health survey, 2016)

Protection and Wellebing

Our centre includes a mental and physical health unit open 24Hrs, 7/7 as well as a shelter where women and their children can find a peaceful refuge and high qualified professionals for support and assistance.

61.97 % is the literacy rate for females in Uganda

Large contributor to the low female literacy rates and school attendance is that 40% of girls in Uganda are married before the aged of 18. Allowing girls to continue through secondary education significantly reduces the chances of early marriage.

Get Access to tailored education and training

Our centre includes a social innovation hub where women can have access to formal and informal education as well as tailored modules for trainings.

WeGanda Women Empowering Centre

WeGanda entails the co-creation of a sustainable multifunctional empowerment centres for Women in Uganda. The first WeGanda project entails the co-design and the co-construction of the centre in the district of Mpigi, 30 km from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The project is running since November 2019 and a participatory empowerment and co-design workshop and public consultation had taken place in December 2019 and January 2020 based on which four main programs have been proposed by 46 women who attended the workshop.
The project is also about the creation of Women and Child friendly spaces and will serve not only women but also their families and communities. WeGanda is as well a learning, training process for women as it involves trainings and building capacity programs during the project implementation that will develop the team skills and knowledge as well as projects ideas.
The participatory and collaborative approach is applied in all project phases to increase the sense of ownership among women and to empower them through its development and implementation phases. The proposed model of WeGanda project aims to support women and girls to find a centre where they belong to and to build a strong sustainable and resilient community.
Our main objective is :
1-To co-design and co-build with women a sustainable and child friendly women empowering centre
2-To offer an enabling platform and positive environment that supports them in their trainings period and encourage them to develop innovative solutions and business ideas.
3-To offer a temporary shelter for Women in distress and to give them the needed emotional and psychological support while helping them to be more independent and resilient and have a new promising start in life.
4-A Childfriendly places and facilities where children can be in a safe playful and educational environment while being close to their mothers.

WeGanda Centre Mpeji

WeGanda Mpegi Is a multifunctional self-organised empowerment and innovation centre for, with and by women. The centre aims to support women to face and deal with their daily life challenges as well as to get support and expertise to develop their own SME’s and increase their chances for employment. Our approach is based on open collaboration and participation for foster Co-creation and togetherness. WeGanda offers woman and child friendly spaces. The centre will not serve only women but also their families and communities.

We.Social Innovation Incubator

We.Social Innovation Incubator is a learning, training and incubator hub for women. It involves trainings and building capacity programs to develop their skills and knowledge besides the different innovative and creative projects to be incubated within the centre.
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We.Child and Family Hub

We.Child and Family Hub is a sustainable Women Empowerment Centre that aimes to support women to find a place where they can be safe, have their children close by, learn and develop their innovative business.

We.Her Wellbeing Space

We.Her Wellbeing Space aims to be a place where women feel safe, a place for women health, women fitness and women wellness.

We.Eco-Lodge

We.Eco-Lodge for sustainable operation of WeGanda, we provide one of a kind, conducive sleeping spaces in a serene environment. It is a sustainable green building for wellbeing and meditation designed to be environmentally responsible.

Our Approach

Empowerment and Participation

Innovation and Technology

Protection Relief and Recovery

Leader to Leader approach

Sustainability and Resilience

Self-Organising Community

WeGanda Founders

WeGanda is a project initiated by Nakawuki Stella Lukwago, social innovator specialist from Social Innovation Academy (SINA) in Uganda and Insaf Ben Othmane H. Architect and urban development strategist, Founder of Oecumene Studio For integrated Urban Planning and Sustainable Architecture.