Gender Opportunities through Road Sector Activities in Uganda
Uganda’s Second Road Sector Support Program was designed with the objective of empowering women by improving their opportunities to participate in and benefit from the roads sub-sector and thus contribute to an improvement in their quality of life and of their families. The program’s principle of equality of opportunity to both women and men resulted in the most visible and direct gender outcomes. There was improvement of women’s access to employment in the roads sub-sector, both as workers and contractors and in training opportunities in labor-based methods of road works. By actively promoting labor-based methods, the program enhanced women’s opportunities to benefit directly from road improvements through earning cash income for payment of school fees for their children, accessing health facilities and consumer goods, as well as investment in productive assets such as land.