About Us

The National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU), registered as A Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in 1993, is an umbrella organisation of women founded and women led organisations. Its membership category are District networks, which are clusters of women’s Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and NGOs, national NGOs, nationally registered FBOs and women’s professional bodies.

NAWOU boasts of being the most grounded women’s organisation because of its members found in all parts of Uganda and as the oldest women’s organisation based on its foundation as the National Council for Women in the 1960s.


To promote the growth of a strong women’s movement in Uganda that advocates for the rights of women and enhance their social-cultural, economic and political status


A society where women are collectively and individually self-reliant and free from injustice

Core Values

NAWOU’s work is guided by core values that act as benchmarks and guiding principles for internal and external interactions. These are:
Team Work

Whatever is done, all that we do; we do without selfish interests but as members of one body; upholding the notion that together everyone achieves more. Respect is an essential precondition for our communication, for teamwork and productivity;


We shall be accountable for our actions to the relevant stakeholders by being honest, trustworthy and upholding the interest of our members and partners. We are committed to making what we do consistent with what we say


We are passionate of the women and not discriminate anyone by colour, race, ethnicity, religion, status or political affiliation.


Our actions will ensure that we are collaborative, we consult as much as possible, we make corporate decisions and owned by all.We promote partnerships, ownership, responsibility and commit ourselves to empowerment of our members so as to enable them create sustainable positive change.

 Our Strategic Objectives (2015-2019)

From 2015 to 2019, we seek to realise our mission through the following strategic objectives

  • Promote Access to Economic Justice, Markets and Value Chain production
  • Promote and Strengthen Women’s Participation and, Representation in Leadership and Decision making in Democratic Governance in Uganda
  • Promote peace and security in the lives of women, their families and communities
  • Improve on program and organisational efficiency and effectiveness


Our Partners

Success Story

Our Achievements

NAWOU’s footprints go back to women like Freda Adiamo, Rhoda Kalema, Kisosonkole, Irene Emulu, and Joyce Mpanga began to agitate for women’s issues at political a forums in and out of the country. This numbers soon grew into organized and structured advocacy that gave birth to for example:

In collaboration with research institutions, NAWOU has conducted specific studies to understand challenges affecting women and used findings to influence policy processes. Specific studies worth noting include land access by women and peanut growing processing storage.

Areas of Operation

Where We Work