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Why an interlinked approach of psychosocial and economic empowerment?

The disempowerment of women and girls in the North of Uganda is thus multi-layered, interdependent and complex. Women and girls suffer from various sources of stress, such as traumatic stress due to wounds from the war that remain unhealed and have far-reaching consequences in contemporary families and communities, as well as ongoing existential stress.

This can be seen as long-term consequences of war, community disruption and displacement. These factors severely reinforce the poverty that the region is already struggling with due to the long-term consequences of the conflict and the dependency syndrome that was acquired during years of living in IDP camps.

As a result, it is unlikely that the socio-economic situation will improve if people are not helped to overcome these personal and social-relational blockages and rediscover their ability to develop the economic potential of the area. Economic success clearly needs stable minds and stable and empowering relationships.

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The manual "Training for Women's Empowerment" is a practical manual, informed by the idea of participation, for the training of volunteer helpers and professional counsellors, for example working in the psychosocial, legal or health sectors. It aims at enhancing the skills and the awareness of these women to work for the empowerment of women and girls who have undergone sexualised and other forms of gender-based violence. The manual comprises various modules that can also be used individually, tailored to the respective training groups.

The life context of women and girls in rural South East of Liberia is the basis on which it was developed. The manual was field-tested in trainings of medica mondiale Liberia and adjusted to the needs of training participants. It can also easily be adapted to the contexts of life and violence of women and girls in other countries.

The version "basic level" was developed for activists and volunteers in community support groups. It is more simplified and can be used in trainings with participants with low or no literacy skills.

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The manual "Training for Women's Empowerment" is a practical manual, informed by the idea of participation, for the training of volunteer helpers and professional counsellors, for example working in the psychosocial, legal or health sectors. It aims at enhancing the skills and the awareness of these women to work for the empowerment of women and girls who have undergone sexualised and other forms of gender-based violence. The manual comprises various modules that can also be used individually, tailored to the respective training groups.

The life context of women and girls in rural South East of Liberia is the basis on which it was developed. The manual was field-tested in trainings of medica mondiale Liberia and adjusted to the needs of training participants. It can also easily be adapted to the contexts of life and violence of women and girls in other countries.

The version "advanced level" was developed for psychosocial counsellors and other professional groups of helpers. This version of the manual can be used for literate participants who work, for example, as staff members of psychosocial projects.

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