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24. August 2022 - News

Evaluation Northern Uganda: Hope for a self-determined life without violence

In Northern Uganda, the Foundation for Affected Women in Conflict (FOWAC) and medica mondiale used a holistic approach to support women survivors of sexualized and gender-based violence.

Two women riding a motorcycle, they are smiling.

In northern Uganda, a fierce battle between the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group and the Ugandan army came to an end almost 20 years ago. The brutality of this war up to today impacts on the so-called Acholi region. The Lord's Resistance Army built its forces from abducted children: Boys were turned into child soldiers, while girls were systematically raped and sexually enslaved. Despite a lot of effort that was put into reconstruction, there are still many shortcomings in the areas of health care, education and infrastructure. In the districts of Lamwo and Omiya Anyima, where the project supported by FOWAC and medica mondiale took place, many people still suffer from acute malnutrition. Also, a still alarmingly high number of cases of violence against women and girls is recorded.

Holistic support for survivors of sexualised violence

With the support of medica mondiale, FOWAC worked to support women and girls who have survived sexualized and gender-based violence to find new hope and build a future for themselves. Through joint savings groups, they were strengthened economically and were able to build their own livelihoods. Within the framework of psychosocial counselling, they were able to find ways to deal with their experiences of violence. And especially in self-help groups they found a place where they could share their feelings and concerns with others. The project also provided funds for health care services for girls and women. All this took place in close consultation with relatives and important representatives of the communities.

Project very effective: women and girls strengthened economically, health-wise and in their self-confidence

Trotz der Covid-Pandemie konnten die Evaluator:innen eine Auswahl an Projektmitarbeiter:innen, Frauen, die am Projekt beteiligt waren und wichtige Vertreter:innen aus den Gemeinden sprechen. Die Frauen und Mädchen berichteten von gewachsenem Selbstvertrauen, wirtschaftlicher Sicherheit und verbesserter physischer und psychischer Gesundheit. Einige Frauen und Mädchen berichteten, dass die neue Eigenständigkeit und die emotionale Unterstützung zu einem besseren Verhältnis zu ihrem Partner und zu mehr Akzeptanz in der Gemeinde geführt habe. Die Evaluator:innen bewerteten das Projekt als sehr wirkungsvoll. Gleichzeitig zeigten sie auf, wo es Herausforderungen im Management und in der Administration gab. Hierzu wurden Empfehlungen an die Organisation formuliert, wie diese zukünftig Kompetenzen stärken und nachbessern könnte.