Empowering Local Communities to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children in West Nile (ELVWC)

The Empowering local communities to prevent violence against women and children in West Nile (ELVWC) project is a two year and six months action implemented by Advance Afrika and Partners in Community Transformation (PICOT) in partnership with Uganda Prisons Service with funding from the European Union. The project focuses on empowering women and children in Koboko and Arua districts to live peaceful and dignified lives as they enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights. The project objectives include; i) Female (ex) inmates have access to improved and impactful rehabilitation and reintegration services; ii) Community structures actively engage in changing attitudes, perceptions and practices regarding respect for women’s and children’s rights.The action hereby is two-fold, as it seeks to support (a) vulnerable women in and after prison as well as (b) vulnerable women in the community at large. The action identifies women as particularly vulnerable to falling victims to domestic violence and SexualGender Based Violence. Hence it seeks to engage both duty bearers (such as local government leadership structures, police and Uganda Prisons Service leadership) as well as rights holders (particularly women) in efforts to enable women to live dignified lives in full realisation of their rights.