The National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) is a leading national umbrella organisation consisting of clusters of grassroots women’s organisations that form themselves into district and regional women’s networks, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs) and women’s professional bodies. This network of women-founded and women-led organisations come together, dedicating their individual intellect and skills, and bringing together the synergy from their various organisations to promote and uphold the rights of women.
NAWOU owes her existence to the women’s movement whose advocacy for equal opportunities started as far back as 1894. From these modest beginnings, the National Council for Women
(NCW), the government’s machinery for the advancement of women’s cause was born in 1964. Following successful advocacy for the department of women in development in 1978, which later became the ministry responsible for gender and the rights of women, the current gender machinery, NAWOU was registered as an NGO.
NAWOU’s work is guided by core values that act as benchmarks and guiding principles for internal and external interactions. These are:
Our Strategic Objectives (2020-2024)
From 2020 to 2024, we seek to realise our mission through the following strategic objectives;
Strategic Objective 1: Increased access to economic opportunities of at least 80,000 women by 2024.
Strategic Objective 2: Increased participation of women’s networks in 30 districts in governance, policy and legislative influencing for gender responsiveness.
Strategic Objective 3: Strengthened capacity of women’s networks to uphold the rights of girls and women in 45 districts.
Strategic Objective 4: Strengthened and sustainable membership engagements and partnership in 45 districts.
Strategic Objective 5: Improved institutional capacity for effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.
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.