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Our Strategy

We want to fulfil the promise of the 2030 Global Goals and strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Our strategy is to work with vulnerable children and especially girls so that they can learn, lead, decide

Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northern Uganda (SCOEN) is a registered women-led grassroot Non-Governmental organization formed in 2010 by women’s rights and child welfare workers, activists, and professionals who were particularly concerned about the mistreatment of children and women as a result of the north-eastern Uganda LRA conflict; the organization strives to advance the rights and equality for children, girls and young women now and for generations through attaining gender equality in local communities through promoting the social, political, educational, and economic participation of women and children in community development programs.

SCOEN strives to create a future in which all Ugandan women will be viewed and treated equally as men in all aspects of life; political, economic, social, educational and culturally. We also seek to continue our role as advocates of children and women’s rights, promoter of their capacities and driving force of social change, promoting their participation in the decisions that affect their lives, and amplifying their voices for peace and security at the regional, and national levels.

Currently the organization approaches the problem of child marriage utilizing a multi-dimensional approach – addressing education, gender based-violence, social norms, and providing income generation opportunities. Commitment to children, adolescent girls and young women living a life of equality, justice and dignity, and the solutions we develop to support these are sustainable in the long-term.

We do this by working in powerful partnerships to identify and tackle the underlying causes and consequences of poverty, exclusion and discrimination that stop them achieving their full potential. We believe in the power of connections to advance human rights and gender equality. We know we are stronger when we work together in solid partnerships, sharing our knowledge, together we can advance human rights and gender equality further and faster, creating more opportunities for all target groups and ending the cycle of poverty.

Core objectives of SCOEN can be enumerated as follows:

  1. Promote active participation of women in decision making process in Uganda.
  2. Recognition of the rights of the child within the family with a gender perspective;
  3. Establishing child restoration centres to promote education and child sponsorship
  4. Advocate and create awareness among Ugandan women about their rights, freedoms, roles, responsibilities, and civic duties.
  5. Advocating for women’s rights, earl marriage, eliminating discrimination against women including GBV.
  6. Activate and enhance the role of media in promoting gender equality and eliminate violence against women.
  7. Overcoming physical, emotional and economic violence;
  8. Promote health care institutions, enhancing preventive resources against HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health.
  9. Promote community-based health care, nutrition, water and environmental sanitation among people in communities

Girls in Uganda continue to face significant challenges due to gender inequality, poverty and other factors.

  • 7% are married by the age of 15
  • 34% are married by the age of 18
  • 28% become pregnant as teenagers
  • 85%+ do not complete upper secondary school – 96% amongst the poorest girls in rural areas.

Uganda is one of the countries with the highest early and forced marriage. 10% of girls are married off before the age of 15 and 40% of girls re married off before their 18th birth day (UNICEF 2011).

Mission

To attain gender equality in a Ugandan local community through promoting the social, political, educational and economic participation of women and children in community development programs. SCOEN strives to create a future in which all Ugandan women will be viewed and treated equally as men in all aspects of life; political, economic, social, educational and culturally.

We will also seek to continue our role as advocates of children and women’s rights, promoter of their capacities and driving force of social change, promoting their participation in the decisions that affect their lives, and amplifying their voices for peace and security at the regional, national and global levels.

Our core values:

Service excellence: We are committed to excellence of the highest standards of quality and professionalism in our service delivery, and we strive to continually improve all aspects of our operations.

Trust: We value the children to us and to commit to delivering services in a safe and trustworthy environment through respectful, nurturing relationships that promote healing.

Respect: We respect each family’s knowledge, values, ideas and beliefs and give them partnership role in their services and support based on trust and respect.

Hope: We believe in the potential of every child, family and community and champion a bright vision for their future through our service and compassion.

Integrity: We are professional and hones in our interactions and hold ourselves and our programs accountable to highest ethical and performance standards. Our own accountability for improved results.

Innovation: We actively strive to bring new ideas and creative approaches in our service delivery to identify and address the challenges of today’s families

Vision Statement

We envision a world in which all girls and young women, regardless of race, ethnicity, income level or social status, are nurtured and empowered to reach their fullest potential

Early marriage is common in Uganda. In 2006, more than half (53%) of women ages 20–49 were married before the age of 18, which is the legal age of marriage for women in Uganda. The reasons for early marriage are rooted in traditional and social norms, as well as factors such as women’s disadvantaged status, poverty, and biases against girls’ education. From the parents’ perspective, early marriage offers protection against premarital pregnancy and provides lifelong security for their daughter. On average, girls become sexually active about a year before they marry and have their first birth about a year after marriage. According to the 2006 UDHS, for women ages 20–49, the median age at first intercourse was 16.6; the median age at first marriage was 17.8; and the median age at first birth was 18.7. The data suggest that young women under age 20 may be marrying later than older age groups and may be waiting longer to have their first child.

Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northern Uganda (SCOEN) is a registered women-led grassroot Non-Governmental organization formed in 2010 by women’s rights and child welfare workers, activists, and professionals who were particularly concerned about the mistreatment of children and women as a result of the north-eastern Uganda LRA conflict; the organization strives to advance the rights and equality for children, girls and young women now and for generations through attaining gender equality in local communities through promoting the social, political, educational, and economic participation of women and children in community development programs.

How and why the child support came into existence.

North and East Uganda faced rebel wars for about 20 years, of which the rebel commander Joseph Kony was behind every kind of instability in the region. So many families were destroyed by the rebel acts, and many parents were killed leaving the children scattered helplessly within the Teso region. It was until the year 2005 that resettlement of the internally displaced people started taking place within the region.
When the husbands were killed and others being taken away by the rebels, mothers were left in a state of poverty, and in turn they gave in for army officers in the region in order to earn a living, but this instead contributed to rampant spread of HIV/AIDS. On the other hand, those who were in refugee camps were severely hit by the HIV/AIDS disaster, and hence leading to an incredible number of deaths of mothers, fathers and children in the region. The region could frequently be attacked by Karamojong warriors, whose target was to kill, destroy and rob the local people of their goods and property.
At some point then, draught struck the region several times, which was characterized by intense scarcity of food and high death rates among the population. As a result, most children needed someone to encourage, guide, taken care of, and inspire them, that yes, a bright future a waits despite their destitute and misfortunes.
Due to the above problems, the Leadership of Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northern Uganda, together with the well wishers came up with an idea of supporting the children whose parents were victims of war, HIV/AIDS and drought in Teso region.

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