Womankind Worldwide looks to reclaim stolen livelihoods on International Women’s Day

Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), women’s rights charity Womankind Worldwide has launched a new appeal to support a movement of women in rural Uganda who are resisting the land grab.

Women and their families in rural Uganda are being violently evicted from their homes to make way for oil plants and big factories. Currently 300,000 rural women in Northern and Western Uganda have been evicted from their homes, or are facing eviction, and up to a million women are expected to be affected in the next six years.

The ‘Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods’ appeal will raise funds to support women who have been forcibly evicted to fight for compensation, rebuild their livelihoods, and have a stronger voice in decisions that directly affect their land, their community and their lives. As a UK Aid Match appeal, all donations will be matched by the UK government.

Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt says: “Womankind Worldwide and UK Aid are giving marginalised women across Uganda the chance to rebuild their livelihoods, understand their rights and determine their own futures.”

Find out more here.

Farm Africa launches ‘Coffee is Life’ appeal

Farm Africa launched its ‘Coffee is Life’ appeal on Friday 8 February to support farmers in Uganda make a decent living from coffee farming.

Despite being Uganda’s most valuable crop, coffee farmers are struggling to get by as they lack the tools, training and bargaining power needed to grow enough coffee and sell it for a fair price. Farm Africa hope their latest project will help to improve the lives of farmers in Kanungu, Uganda.

The appeal has gained the support from the National Farmers’ Union, whose President Minette Batters and Vice President Stuart Roberts are both running the London Marathon in April to raise funds for Farm Africa.

“I’ve seen some of the truly amazing work that Farm Africa do, and it deserves our support,” says Stuart. “It’s not about money, it’s about transforming lives, because you give farmers the tools to build a business.”

The money raised will be used on a project focusing on empowering women farmers. Women provide the bulk of the low paid, unskilled labour but as the land is owned by men they receive a majority of the profit. The project will help female farmers gain access to land, set up savings associations so they have access to finance to invest in developing their businesses, and support to take on leadership roles within their local coffee cooperatives.

To find out more go to the Farm Africa website.