The Women and Girls’ Empowerment (WOGE) project is a four year (2012-2015) joint project of EASSI and DSW. It was formulated to draw from and complement the ongoing work of EASSI and DSW with regard to women and girls empowerment. The Project has its roots in both organizations’ common concern for the plight of women and girls and complementary advocacy and programming strength at national and regional levels.
The goal of the WOGE Project is to contribute to poverty reduction by strengthening women’s and girls’ voices for economic self-reliance in the East African Region particularly in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. This project is designed to strengthen and promote economic empowerment of women, give them a voice to champion for themselves their own issues and reduce their vulnerability and violation of their rights.
It is expected that by the end of 2015, 6000 women and girls will have developed the knowledge and skills to ably influence decisions on their economic self-reliance. A baseline survey conducted in 2012 revealed that majority of the women and girls were engaged in trade in a non planned manner, had no business plans, lacked record keeping skills and limited communication skills. They also produced poor quality goods which were not competitive in the local markets and lacked skills in marketing, packaging and branding. It is against this backdrop that the Project has so far supported the formation and strengthening of a total of 150 women and girls self-help groups through which an estimate of over 6000 women and girls have gained knowledge and skills for economic self reliance.
The Project has got four outcomes namely: