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Women and Youth Resilience Project – WAYREP

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of WAYREP, a five-year project (2019 – 2024) generously funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and implemented in collaboration with CARE Austria. WAYREP was executed by CARE International in Uganda, alongside our esteemed local partners, CEFORD in West Nile (specifically Omugo settlement, an extension of Rhino and Arua town), and PACHEDO in Northern Uganda (Gulu Municipality –Bardege and Pece).

The overarching objective of WAYREP was to bolster the resilience of Ugandan and refugee women and youth, enabling them to lead lives free from violence. The project aimed to enhance self-reliance and mitigate the risks of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) for women, men, girls, and boys. Specifically, WAYREP focused on economically empowering Ugandan and refugee women, as well as female and male youth in urban contexts such as Arua and Gulu towns, and the refugee settlement in Omugo. By increasing self-reliance, the project aimed to reduce the occurrence of GBV, while concurrently addressing negative social gender norms and promoting a zero-tolerance policy towards GBV in homes and communities. Additionally, WAYREP sought to improve access to GBV services, including psychosocial support for survivors of GBV and Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (SEA), and enhance the policy environment surrounding GBV reduction.

The project was grounded in the understanding that gender-based violence stems from two primary drivers: gender inequality and poverty, which are exacerbated by displacement, whether as refugees or urban dwellers transitioning from rural areas.

WAYREP’s theory of change posited that providing refugees and vulnerable women and girls in host communities and towns with access to dignified livelihood opportunities, coupled with efforts to transform gender, social, and cultural norms perpetuating GBV, would significantly diminish the risk of resorting to negative coping mechanisms, while simultaneously enhancing self-reliance.

To achieve these goals, WAYREP employed gender-transformative approaches such as economic empowerment, SASA, and male engagement for GBV prevention, alongside community-based GBV response mechanisms and advocacy for policy influence aimed at ensuring a dignified life for vulnerable individuals.

As part of our efforts, we provided training on business skills to 66 Women and Youth Savings and Loans Association (V/YSLA) groups. These trainings, facilitated by Community-Based Trainers (CBTs) at various meeting points, equipped participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify income-generating opportunities. The beneficiaries expressed their appreciation for the training, acknowledging its role in helping them identify suitable avenues for income generation.

We are proud to have implemented WAYREP and are grateful for the support of our partners, funders, and beneficiaries in realizing its objectives and making a tangible difference in the lives of women, youth, and communities in Uganda.