Who we are
Inspired Women Uganda was established in 2018 to mitigate the psychosocial and economic impact of poverty, disease and other bottlenecks on women and girls in Uganda. Through voluntary efforts of women and girls from Eastern Uganda particularly in Mbale as a research area. An empowerment, advocacy and support project were started for disadvantaged women and girls affected by poverty, disease and gender disparity. The project initially sensitized women and their communities on the causes and effects of the poverty and its economic impact. The overriding aim was to inspire women to aspire for greatness and reduce their vulnerability, enhance their economic independence and improve their overall financial health and quality of lives sustainably.
As time passed by, Inspired Women Uganda (IWU) realized that poverty and disease among women and girls was inextricably linked to unemployment, gender, inadequate family and community support structures, harmful cultural beliefs and practices, peer and social pressure, inadequate skills and education, personal development skills, lack of timely and correct information and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services that increase ones vulnerability to teenage and unplanned pregnancies . To effectively achieve its objectives IWU mobilized women and girls from schools and universities, local leaders, financial institutions and other partners for a holistic and integrated women and girls-based social development program that: (a) focuses on empowerment, (b) builds on and utilizes existing community strength and resources, (c) looks at the root causes of existing problems, poverty and disease included, and (d) promotes community participation and contribution while ensuring that on-going multi-dimensional approaches to current and emerging problems are innovated and effective organizational development undertaken.
IWU is currently running a number of projects that aims to provide comprehensive development of women and girls. These projects work with women groups after comprehensive training and mobilization. Currently IWU has projects in Kampala, Kitgum, Mbale, Mubende, Masaka, Sironko, Manafa, Namisindwa, Bulambuli, Budaka, Tororo, Kampala, Wakiso, Gulu, Bushenyi, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rwampara and Ntungamo. The three components that IWU addresses include