Women’s decision making is limited by laws interfering with their economic activities. Such laws can affect women’s ability to save, borrow, pay or insure themselves against risk. Discriminatory laws can affect women’s demand for financial services.
Women play a critical role in managing natural resources on family and community levels and are most affected by environmental degradation. In communities around Uganda, women manage water, sources for fuel, and food, as well as both forests and agricultural terrain.
Women have proven to be leading the way towards more equitable and sustainable solutions to climate change. Across sectors, women's innovations and expertise have transformed lives and livelihoods, and increased climate resilience and overall well-being.
Over the last few years, the space for Women Human Rights Defenders has been shrinking. Government agents are using security policies, including counter-terrorism strategies and COVID-19 prevention measures to restrict public freedoms and the role of women’s groups and organizations.
Under the Women’s Fund, FOCDE provides Small Grants ranging from $500-$1000 for Women’ s projects: The small grants are used to implement grassroots projects that empower women and girls in communities. Small Grants can be used to implement projects for empowering women and girls in the following focus areas; Community development; Women empowerment; Health and nutritional support; Literacy and leadership training; Educational seminars and workshops ; Women’s human rights; Safety, security and protection for Women Human Rights Defenders; Groups that are governed and directed by women; COVID-19 Emergencies.