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Women on Wheels’: Empowering Women in Uganda

Discover How the ‘Women on Wheels’ Program Transforms Transportation and Women’s Empowerment in Uganda, Creating Unique Opportunities.

Empowerment of Women in Uganda

Uganda, a country with a rich cultural tapestry and a history of resilience, faces unique challenges regarding women’s empowerment. Women’s participation in the workforce and in leadership roles remains limited, particularly in male-dominated industries such as transportation.

Challenges in Transportation for Women

In Kampala, as in many other cities in Uganda, transportation is a constant concern. Most people rely on ‘boda bodas’ (motorcycles) for mobility, but less than 2% of the drivers are women. This imbalance not only limits employment opportunities for women but also raises concerns about their safety and autonomy.

‘Women on Wheels’: An Innovative Project

The ‘Women on Wheels’ program seeks to address these challenges through a comprehensive approach. It not only focuses on teaching women how to ride motorcycles but also includes training in traffic laws, first aid, self-defense, and basic business skills.

Goals and Scope of the Program

  1. Enhancing women’s protection and safety.
  2. Expanding access to job opportunities in the transportation sector.
  3. Creating and increasing independence and safe mobility for women in their community.

Impact on the Community and Beyond

This program not only aims to change the transportation landscape in Uganda but also aspires to have a broader impact on society.

Creating Employment Opportunities

By increasing the number of female commercial motorcycle riders, ‘Women on Wheels’ not only creates jobs but also opens doors to new opportunities and businesses led by women.

Safe Mobility and Autonomy

With more women behind the handlebars, community mobility is expected to be safer and more accessible, strengthening women’s independence and confidence.

Support for Working Mothers

Recognizing the challenges faced by mothers, the program includes the establishment of a daycare center for the children of women attending training activities.

Stories of Change: Women at the Wheel

Behind every motorcycle driven by a woman is a story of courage, change, and empowerment. These stories not only inspire but also challenge established social norms.

Breaking Barriers in a Male-Dominated Sector

The impact of seeing more women in traditionally male roles is profound, both for the women involved and for the community at large.

Economic and Personal Empowerment

Learning to ride and operate a motorcycle not only provides job skills but also fosters a sense of independence and confidence in women.

Challenges and Future Opportunities

Despite its positive impact, the program faces challenges, from gender stereotypes to the need for sustainable resources for its expansion and continuity.

Overcoming Gender Stereotypes

Addressing and changing cultural perceptions about women in transportation is crucial for the program’s long-term success.

Sustainability and Expansion

Ensuring the program’s sustainability and exploring opportunities for expansion are key steps for broader impact.

‘Women on Wheels’ is more than a training program; it is a movement that is redefining the role of women in Ugandan society. By providing skills, confidence, and opportunities, this project is not only changing individual lives but also transforming communities.

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Mujeres Rising for Africa is a non profit organisation with the focus on Women empowerment, safe mobility, safety, creating new job opportunities and a new set of skills to improve their quality of life and economic independence.