October 15, 2019

At the age of 12, Nancy started her menstrual cycle, which she says was very painful. Her friends advised her to engage in sex as one of the ways to reduce the pain. “When I started my periods, I asked my mother for money to buy sanitary pads but she told me she didn’t have the money she did not offer me any advice,” says Nancy.

Helpless, scared and confused my friend of the same age advised me to get a boyfriend who can buy me sanitary pads to which I accepted with hope the hope that once I get a boyfriend, he would provide sanitary pads for me and I will...

August 21, 2019

The pursuit of gender justice starts with protecting young girls from being forced or sold into a marriage. Child marriage is a  violation of human rights. Many factors intersect to place a child at risk of marriage, including: poverty, lack of education, social norms, customary or religious beliefs that condone the practice, and an inadequate legislative framework. Often the patriarchal apparatus is ill equipped, unwilling or uninformed to enforce laws or create systems to protect young girls.

Through education, support, intervention and dialogue, VacNet a...

August 19, 2019

                                                      Prisca & her house 

We were treated with joy when we visited the home of Prisca. She has worked with VacNet and benefited from our microloan program, she said " because of you I sleep in a decent shelter ", One of my goals in life was to construct my own house which is permanent, enough for my family and decent to sleep in and you helped me achieve this I feel extremely proud...

June 16, 2019

On 16th June 2019 we joined partners to cerebrate The Day of the African Child (DAC2019) which celebrates children standing up for their rights and contributing to the future of the continent. It’s held to honor the thousands of children and students who marched in apartheid South Africa on 16th June 1976 to protest about the poor quality of their education. Many were shot, beaten and killed, and it led to the Soweto uprising against the apartheid regime.

Uganda’s national celebrations were held at Acet primary school, which we supports with...

May 29, 2019

“During day time, attending school during periods is a big problem at our school to most of the girls because there is no proper place for girls to change from during periods safely. The only 1 toilet at our school the door does not close and this leaves every girl worried every time she under go through her period. We can only use it freely in the night, many girls opt out of school every month, that’s why our performance at school is compromised yet education is the only hope for our future to free ourselves from poverty”

          Said 14-year-old Atim –...

March 29, 2019

Today we have successfully conducted a reflection and orientation training for the peer counselors and elected leaders from our program hosted at GWRC 45 councilors from Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro Districts participated in the training.

Local councils in Uganda are responsible for planning and budgeting for their districts, municipalities, sub-counties and parishes. In order for them to be effective, government has put in place a planning and budgeting cycle to guide their work right from the parish level. The local councilors are charged with the respons...

November 15, 2018

Today a team of 25 Peer counsellors our access to justice volunteers gathered at Gulu Women Resource Center (GWRC) to receive further training on community engagement skills, paralegal services, human rights, and conflict resolution. They were trained to share best practices and improve upon their work with a deeper understanding of the types and causes of human rights abuses/violations, monitor, document, and report cases in the community.

Our Peer Counsellors (PCs) are positioned at parish level and serve as mediators and a link between victims and servic...

October 5, 2018

In Uganda, Teenage pregnancy rate is 25% with regional variations. This increases to 34% in the poorest households. In rural areas, 24% of girl’s experience early pregnancy compared to 16% of wealthier households and 21% of urban girls (UNICEF, 2015). A just concluded research in Uganda, found out that there is a growing rate of child mothers currently at 25%, Further more, Uganda is ranked as the 9th Hotspot of child marriage in the world. And that Out of 100 deliveries in a health facility 10 of them are by girls below 18 years of age....

July 13, 2018

Today a team of 25 Peer counsellors our access to justice volunteers gathered at Gulu Women Resource Center (GWRC) to receive further training on community engagement skills, paralegal services, human rights, and conflict resolution. They were trained to share best practices and improve upon their work with a deeper understanding of the types and causes of human rights abuses/violations, monitor, document, and report cases in the community.

VacNet and WGEF’s Peer Counsellors (PCs) are positioned at parish level and serve as mediators and a link between vict...

July 11, 2018

Every year, the international community observes the World Population Day on July 11th This year’s World Population Day theme is: ‘Leaving nobody behind: Improving service delivery and accountability’. 

As part of our goal of providing women and community with current and critical information. We hosted an information exhibition that attracted civil society, NGO, and Gulu University and Government departments all gathered to commemorate the International Populations Day, while teaching and disseminating relevant information. This was an opportunity for 392...

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