Gender-based violence is a devastating reality for far too many women and girls in Uganda, and across the African continent. Every day, countless women are subjected to physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse by partners, family members, and strangers alike. The scars of this violence are deep and lasting, leaving survivors with physical and emotional wounds that may never fully heal.

women to thrive in communities

Empowering women is crucial for building resilient communities. Our programs include; human rights and advocacy, sexual reproductive health, economic empowerment and leadership aiming to create a brighter future for women.


Women Rights Initiative (WORI)

WORI is a Ugandan women non-profit organization that educates on human and women's rights, preventing GBV, improving sexual reproductive health, and promoting gender equality. WORI has built a GBV shelter, trained male ambassadors to advocate against violence, and runs a menstrual health project. The organization empowers women, youth, and communities, and has trained women to become community leaders.

Speak Out, Get Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing GBV, don't hesitate to call our hotline.

Our Programs

Our goal is to empower women to take control of their health and well-being, and to provide them with the support they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

Defending Human Rights

We conduct gender-based violence and child rights awareness trainings with communities and schools. We provide psycho-social support and a safe space for victims and survivors of violence. Our efforts in educating the community about human rights and gender-based violence have a lasting impact on the area, schools, and society as a whole.

Sexual Reproductive Health

WORI empowers women and youth in schools and communities by creating awareness and offering training programs that focus on sexual and reproductive health rights, family planning, childbirth, and sanitation and hygiene. These initiatives promote better health outcomes, increase knowledge about reproductive health, and improve overall quality of life for women and their families.

East African Womens' Museum

The East Africa Women’s Museum is an upcoming yet groundbreaking project that aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda. As an extension of the Women’s Organization for Rights and Development (WORI).

Economic Empowerment

WORI supports startups, business trainings  and vocational skills training programs to link women’s groups with financial institutions and teach them entrepreneurial skills. This allows for sustainable income-generating projects and increased independence for women and youth, empowering them to access financial support and create successful businesses.

How We Are Empowering Women

WORI empowers women through initiatives like the Nyonga Shelter, STAR Durable Pads, and skilling programs, creating opportunities for self-sufficiency and gender equality.

Nyonga Women's Shelter

WORI’s Nyonga shelter is a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence. It offers comprehensive care, including counseling, medical care, and legal aid, to those seeking refuge for up to one month. Survivors also receive training courses in sewing, baking, and agriculture, enabling them to become self-sufficient and break free from abusive relationships, ultimately creating a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Star Durable Pads

STAR Durable Pads offers a low-cost, reusable and eco-friendly solution to menstrual hygiene management. Produced locally in Jinja by community seamstresses, these cloth pads are accessible to girls and women in low-income communities. Profits from sales are invested in menstrual hygiene management and rights training programs.

Our Impact

We believe that our initiatives have the power to change lives and empower communities. Here are some of the ways we're making a difference.

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Join Our Team & Make A Difference!

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and experiences to help us achieve our mission. As a volunteer, you can work directly with community members and beneficiaries, or provide support through administrative tasks and fundraising. Join us and make a meaningful impact on women's rights and gender equality.


Our partners include local and international NGOs, foundations, academic institutions, government agencies, and community-based organizations.

Become Apart Of Our Efforts

Join us in creating a better future for women and youth. Donate to WORI today and help us build a world where everyone can thrive.