Defending Human Rights

Human rights are an integral part of WORI's mission. We believe that every person, regardless of their gender, race, religion, or socio-economic status, should have access to basic human rights such as education, healthcare, and a safe environment.

Our Approach

We believe that human rights are universal, inalienable, and indivisible. We approach human rights through a rights-based approach that puts individuals and communities at the center of our work. Our programs are designed to promote the realization of human rights, particularly those of women and girls, and to empower communities to advocate for their own rights. We adhere to key principles such as accountability, non-discrimination, and participation, which guide our work and ensure that our programs are effective and sustainable. By working in partnership with communities, government agencies, and civil society organizations, we strive to promote the protection and fulfillment of human rights for all.

Focus Areas

Gender Equality: We work towards achieving gender equality by promoting women’s rights, access to justice, and providing rehabilitation and integration services for women to become change agents in their communities.

Education: We recognize education as a fundamental human right and strive to provide community tailored training programs that are accessible and equitable for everyone, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity.

Health: We promote access to quality healthcare services as a basic human right. We work to ensure that communities have access to essential health services, including family planning, maternal and child health.

Economic Empowerment: We recognize the importance of economic empowerment in promoting human rights, and we work to promote economic opportunities for marginalized communities, including women, youth, and people with disabilities. We provide access to financial services, entrepreneurship training, and vocational skills development.

Nyonga Women's Shelter

The Nyonga shelter is one of the initiatives of WORI to address gender-based violence, primarily domestic violence. Survivors of abuse, along with their children, can stay at the shelter for a maximum of one month. During their stay, they receive comprehensive care and support, including counseling, medical care, and legal aid. The shelter also provides survivors with access to training courses that teach skills like sewing, baking, and agriculture. These courses equip survivors with valuable skills that they can use to become financially independent and self-sufficient, empowering them to break free from abusive relationships and build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Impact on Human Rights

How Nashiba Overcame Adversity

Nashiba is a 25-year-old Ugandan woman who grew up with her mother after being abandoned by her father with her other siblings. When she was just one year old, she contracted an illness that resulted in her losing her hearing sense, making her life really difficult. Despite these challenges, she finished her primary education and joined a vocational school where she acquired a certificate in tailoring. Today, Nashiba owns a sewing machine that she uses to earn some money to meet some of her children’s school needs. WORI provided her with this machine, giving her the opportunity to utilize her skills and support her family. Despite the challenges she has faced, Nashiba has been able to overcome and empower herself through her talents and hard work.

Jackline's Story Of Resilience

Jackline Biryeeri was hit by polio as a child before vaccinations were available. She is now a single mother of seven children and creates handmade crafts such as necklaces, doormats, baskets, and balls, but has a limited market. Her dream is to construct a big house to raise her children in a more suitable space. She advises others with disabilities to start working for themselves and not beg. Biryeeri was referred to WORI by a friend after her late daughter’s property was threatened to be seized. She now shares her vocational skills with women at the Nyonga Women’s Shelter and gains more knowledge while doing the training.

Sofia's Story Of Resilience

Kose Sofia is a 42 year old mother of one child who was raised by her aunt from the age of five until her parents died. Her aunt supported her education up to senior three and she joined Mpumudde rehabilitation for a course where she acquired skills of tailoring and gardening. Today she is managing her small business of selling shoes, making fishing baskets, tailoring and gardening. She has a big dream of owning a skilling school to support her fellow women with disabilities who are suffering after being abandoned with their children by men. She is thankful to the Women Rights Initiative (WORI) team who supported her with basic necessities and gave her some capital to start her business. 

Beth's Story Of Resilience

Nabirye Beth is a 40-year-old single mother of seven who grew up in a polygamous family. After her mother quit the marriage, she had to stay back with her step mother, who tortured her and denied her food. At the age of 13, she was raped and impregnated by her step-brother’s friend. When her husband was abusive and couldn’t provide basic needs, she contacted Women Rights Initiative (WORI) for help. Today, Beth is preparing cabeza for sale in their trading center. She faces difficulties in providing school fees and paying rent for her shelter. She encourages viewers to be patient and have hope, as no situation is permanent. She dreams of having her own house where she can raise her children and when she gets more capital, she hopes to run a retail shop business.