Empowering vulnerable women and girls

Are you interested in women’s and girls’ empowerment? Do you want to contribute your knowledge and skills to improving vulnerable women’s and girls’ living conditions? This project might be the right one for you. You should be a communicative person, interested in strengthening women’s business skills, and ready for (psychological) social work with girls and women. You should possess skills in entrepreneurship, business and marketing, and craft making.

The Women Support Initiative (TWOSI) is a local non-profit organisation based in southwestern Uganda in Kyamukama/Lwengo District. Using capacity building, advocacy, counselling and networking, the initiative supports vulnerable women and girls, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS and violence. Specifically, the initiative works towards women’s economic independence, assisting them in starting their own enterprises and income-generating activities, such as raising pigs and poultry, and making handicrafts. It also provides counselling and psychological and social support to women and girls affected by HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and supports access to health care, childcare, and good nutrition. In addition, TWOSI carries out campaigns to enhance society’s understanding of gender relations, human rights, and awareness of HIV/AIDS. The initiative is run by two employees, who collaborate with the district government and two local organisations to support women in starting their own economic activities.

As GLEN participants, you would participate in several of TWOSI’s activities. First, you would contribute to the initiative’s measures to develop women’s and girls’ capacities to start their own businesses and achieve economic independence. Sharing your own business knowledge and skills, you would encourage and support programme beneficiaries to open and improve their own income-generating initiatives. Additionally, you would participate in gardening and craft-making projects that aim to enhance women’s business skills and improve their nutrition. Furthermore, you would contribute to TWOSI’s support for women who are affected by domestic violence and assist in resolving these problems. Assisting and participating in the girls’ football club is another possible task – the football club is one of the initiative’s projects aimed at the promotion of girls’ talents, socialisation, health, and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. You as GLEN participants would work on a team with a local intern.

For the internship period, TWOSI asks you to bring your own laptop.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between July and September 2018.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be comprised of one Estonian participant and one German participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Gender; Sustainable Economies and Development; Education; Economy and Labour; Youth and Childcare

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Trade and Commerce; Horticulture; Agriculture; Forestry and Livestock Industry; Social Issues; Teaching and Education

Field(s) of study: Agriculture and Forestry; Economics and Business Sciences; Art, Music and Design; Education and Pedagogy

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study (Specification): Crafts; Social Business; Entrepreneurship; Gardening; Social Work

Period of the internship: 3 months between July and September

Country: Uganda

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: The Women Support Initiative (TWOSI)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Sustainable Economy and Development (16), Education (2), Gender (3), Economy and Labour (1), Youth and Childcare (8)

Number of the internship: 1132


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