Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization WORKS IN GULU, UGANDA POPULATION: 154,300
KEY FACT: Lifetime risk of maternal death: 1 in 35 KEY FACT: Estimated number of people infected with HIV/AIDS: 1.2 million
Northern Uganda endured two decades of devastating civil war, over a million people were forcibly displaced from their homes into government camps. There, people suffered poor sanitation and food security, few health services or economic opportunities, and destruction of social and cultural institutions. A staggering lack of basic human needs defined the lives of those confined to the camps by brutal guerrilla warfare and poor governance. Although the war has ended, its devastation persists. Failing infrastructure, extreme poverty, and destroyed livelihood prospects impair the government’s ability to provide quality health care and education to a people that lack the means for access or advocacy. Today, Uganda has the youngest population in the world with about two-thirds of people in Northern Uganda living below the poverty line. Major challenges include malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and psychosocial support for rehabilitation of war-affected people. A high birthrate and little education on gender equality present an additional urgent need for improved reproductive and maternal health services.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
ABOUT GWED-G FOUNDED IN 2004 Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) began as a support group for war-affected women that met under a mango tree in Gulu. The women met to share their struggles and found refuge in solidarity. Under the leadership of Pamela Angwech, they started to leverage that solidarity into solutions. Pamela recognized the need for more organizations that would focus on advancing women’s rights and grassroots advocacy like the support group. In 2004, Pamela left her job at the World Food Programme to found Northern Uganda’s first grassroots human rights organization focused on women, GWED-G. GWED-G aims to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities in Northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents of change for peace and development. Today, GWEDG serves over 150,000 individuals through six main program areas: health, human rights and access to justice, peacebuilding, psychosocial support, research and advocacy, and economic empowerment. In 2009, GWED-G began partnering with GlobeMed at Columbia University on an income-generating project for vulnerable women in the community. Three years later, our partnership has raised over $43,000 for health projects in Gulu. GWED-G’s other partners include Amnesty International, Open Society Foundations, CARE International, UN Women, the American Refugee Council, and several other local and international NGO and governmental partners.
GlobeMed at Columbia Annual Report 2011-2012