Like many other rural areas in Uganda, violence against women and girls in schools is a very big problem in Mityana district. The impact of violence on girls' education is significant; findings demonstrate that the effects manifest themselves in low enrolment rates, poor grades, high dropout rates, early pregnancy and marriage as well as psychological trauma. In addition harmful traditional practices such as early marriage contribute to depriving girls of their childhood and education. RWI believes that if violence against them is left unaddressed, will prevent the achievement of universal primary education and the elimination of gender disparities in education.
More than 40% of mothers in Kikandwa community are below 23 years and each year the same cases are reported in rural communities of Uganda where girls continue to give birth at a very young age. The breakup of families, primitive cultures, lack of value to girls, conflicts in homes, lack of basic needs and poor economic status in their homes are significant factors forcing girl Childs to be sent into early marriages which lead to pregnancy related complications, high maternal deaths, high death rate of babies before five years after birth, HIV/Aids, malnourished babies and yet access to health and other basic needs is very difficult.
Goal of the Campaign: To empower girls, women and children to enjoy their right to education and participation in a violence-free environment using ICT as a tool:
Mission: To promote the use of information and communication technologies for economic development and wealth improvement in the country by the participation of communities for improving productivity and to engage them in knowledge and information sharing by harnessing the emerging broadband connectivity to enhance these activities as well as to improve welfare.
1. Eradicating poverty in homesteads since women have proved to be strong pillars in development and changing societies in general empowering the girl child through provision of quality and practical education.
2. Imparting practical skills to enable women compete favorably in the job market. It will serve as a gate way to skill improvement.
3. To serve as an alternative educational opportunity by accommodating girls who drop out of school and the poor.