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Project Four: Women and Youth
Resilience Project -WAYREP

WAYREP is a five-year project (2019 – 2024) funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and in partnership with CARE Austria, Implemented by CARE International in Uganda and Local Partners CEFORD in West Nile (Omugo settlement which is an extension of Rhino and Arua town) and PACHEDO in Northern Uganda (Gulu Municipality –Bardege and Pece) respectively.

The WAYREP overall objective is to strengthen resilience of Ugandan and  refugee women and youth to live a life free from violence. The project aims to increase self-reliance and reduce the risks of Gender Based Violence (GBV) for women, men, girls/ female youth and male youth. It focuses on strengthening resilience economically by empowering Ugandan and refugee women, and female and male youth in the urban context in Arua and Gulu towns, and in the refugee settlement in Omugo by increasing self-reliance and as such, reducing the risks of GBV. The project seeks to support these target groups in accessing livelihood opportunities and reducing their vulnerability to the incidence of GBV. It tackles the negative social gender norms and promotes zero tolerance for GBV in their homes and communities.

It also seeks to improve access to GBV services including psychosocial support for survivors of GBV and Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (SEA), as well as other vulnerable beneficiaries, and strengthen the policy environment regarding the reduction of GBV.

The project is built on the hypothesis that gender-based violence (GBV) has two main drivers: gender inequality and poverty, exacerbated by displacement (whether as a refugee or as an urban dweller coming from rural Uganda). WAYREP’s theory of change therefore assumes that if refugees and vulnerable women and girls in host communities and towns have access to dignified livelihood opportunities while gender, social and cultural norms that perpetuate GBV are supported to change, the risks of reverting to negative coping mechanisms will significantly reduce and their self-reliance will increase.

The project employs gender transformative approaches like economic empowerment, SASA and male engagement for GBV Prevention, community based GBV response mechanisms and advocacy for policy influence in ensuring a dignified life for vulnerable girls and women, men and boys.


We seek societies where all communities enjoy healthy, secure, productive lives and
resilient livelihoods