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Rose, aged 23, is a member of Pitek Ki mon Group and is married with two children. The biggest challenge in her home before joining VacNet-WGEF's program was gender based violence. “My house was not a home to live in,” Rose says. She felt inadequate to confront her husband, and access the justice she was entitled to, When her husband would return home each day, they would quarrel on almost every issue, creating contention and danger. Rose’s husband stopped her from participating in any economic activity or joining any saving group. She had given up on autonomy, dignity and freedom.

However, things changed when they both attended the gender training which provides important  information and resources of where and who to turn to in our community for support when facing violence and communication challenges.

Rose’s husband listened to the testimonies of other men who were peacefully living with their wives and was inspired to change his behavior and improve his relationship with Rose. This brought important changes in their home, including less violence, joint decision making, and the space for Rose to participate in her community.

Rose has since started rearing goats and has increased the number to 20 goats. She currently buys and sells rice, and has been able to save money and buy important household items, including a bed, mattress, chairs and curtains.

Recently, when their daughter was sick, Rose’s husband asked for time off from school to join Rose at hospital where their daughter was admitted.  Now Rose and her husband are co-parenting and working together in important ways.

“I feel confident and I have a voice in my family, constantly when I’m challenged I call a toll free line provided by WGEF for instant advice and support”

“Thank you VacNet and WGEF for providing women like me knowledge and resources to access justice.  I hope this program be expanded to reach more women in my community”. — Rose (Nwoya District)

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