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Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID)

Presence in: Uganda
Focus: Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods

Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID) was formed in 2003 by 30 grassroots women who took it upon themselves to mobilize fellow women against the unjust, routine evictions that were taking place in the slum settlements of Walukuba-Masese Division of Jinja, Uganda. The 30 grassroots women formed SWID to improve on the quality of lives of people in Jinja Urban slums and Rural communities through empowering them meet their social, political and economic needs in a sustainable manner. To achieve this, SWID employs the following activities; community mobilizing (establishing self-help groups, watch-dog groups and community paralegals), advocating for women’s human rights through the Local-to-Local dialogue/advocacy methodology, SWID empowers grassroots women on how to advocate and demand for their human rights, economic empowerment of grassroots women through the Revolving Loan Fund as well as curbing food insecurity through locally led initiatives. SWID is licensed to operate in Jinja district. Our vision is “An empowered community and a home for every woman”.

People Associated With This Organization

Nangobi Joyce Rosemary

Slum Women’s Initiative for...
Joined June 2012
Joyce Rosemary Nangobi Director/Project manager of Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID) in Jinja Uganda. Through Local to Local dialogues, I devoted to advocating for women’s rights, advocating for acquisition of land and housing by grassroots women, mobilizing and training women, youth and other leaders in areas of Disaster and climate change, land and property inheritance rights and Home Based Care Giving.I participated in making WLLA Strategic Plan in April, 2011 for WLLA 2011-2013. I also also participated in a number of international meetings like International Land Coalition Meeting in Malawi 2011, consultative meeting with Civil Society and other Experts to Develop UNDP Africa Human Development Report in Johannesburg 2011, UN Governing Council meeting in 2007, 2009 and 2011, World Urban Forum in Rio de janairo, CSW 55 and 56 in New York 2011 AND 2012 respectively, AWID meetings in Istanbul 2012. I have presented two papers during the World Bank Conference on land and poverty in 2015 and 2016 respectively. By joining the network, i hope to share experiences with network members as far as women;s rights are concerned.
Nangobi Joyce Rosemary is the network champion (main point of contact) for Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID).

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