Refugees in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement will benefit from the UN Women funded project aimed at empowering women economically and build their capacity to prevent and resolve conflicts in their communities.
The two year project being implemented by the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), will also benefit the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the camps of Kigyayo in Kiziramfumbi Sub-county and Rwamutonga in Bugamba Sub-county in Kikuube district.
At the project launch in kyangwaliRefugee Settlement last week, Maria GodansiNyirasafari, a refugee from the democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expressed optimism that the project will help to reduce domestic violence that has been common during food distribution.
“Some husbands get the cash rations and turn them into money for drinking alcohol. This causes violence in many families and consequent fights and injuring each other. I hope this project will on this”, said Nyirasafari.
MsNyirasafari urged the project implementers to offer employment opportunities to the women during the project implementation. She claims that some projects only use women during photograph taking but always employ men yet some women also have the potential and need money.
Angelica Bisemensi another refugee requests the project to put more emphasis on economic empowerment of both girls and women.
According to her, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected them especially when schools and businesses are shut-down.
KyangwaliRefugee settlement Commandant, MsJolly Kebirungi congratulated NAPE upon choosing to join efforts t combat violence and poverty amongst the vulnerable refugee and host communities. “Here is your office to operate. After wards we shall give you more space as we hope that you will be our partner for some quite long time. I wish you safe implementation and pledge to give you any necessary support”, said Kebirungi.
Mr Peter Banura, the KikuubeDistrict Chairman described any efforts to handle issues of women and girl children in the district are very welcome since women greatly influence the development of a society.
Sam Simon Oyuku, the Legal and Human Rights Officer for the ALbertine Regional Police urged the refugee leaders always to refer cases beyond their jurisdiction as mediators to police urgently for management.
“We shall have to discuss more on cases you will be handling in mediation. Cases like rape, defilement and murder are not for you to resolve”, said Mr Oyuku.
Joan Akiiza, a Project Manager at the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), said the project targeted refugees and IDPs because of challenge similarities.
The project is called ‘Enhancing the Role and Capacity of Grass-root Women to Promote Peaceful Co-existence and Prevent Conflicts’
Kyangwali Refugee Settlement alone in home to more than 170,000 refugees.