The level and mode of interaction of women with natural resources has important implications for their gender roles in society and at home, as well as the community's well being. Rural women are most directly affected by the climatic changes in the environment. They are the primary food, water and fuel gatherers for the family. NAWAD develops and implements activities that increase access to clean and safe water and empowers women to be involved in the management of natural resources. NAWAD also implements activities on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The majority of Ugandans have limited access, if any; to the national water supply system. Although Uganda boasts of 68% access to clean water, the statistics do not reveal whether this is “safe “ water, neither do they reflect the actual situation in communities who continue to depend on rainwater that collects in ponds, which they sometimes share with their animals. Women and girls walk long distances in search of clean water leading to an increased burden on the already heavy workload of women and less time to engage in productive activities such as education for the girls. Clean water along with good sanitation and hygiene practices will help to reduce the disease burden in our communities. Lastly, energy conservation will not only help to preserve the forests and environment but it will also lessen the financial and work burdens for the household. NAWAD seeks to address these issues by conducting research, raising awareness, increasing the capacity of grassroots women to make their voices heard and to adapt to changes, and doing advocacy.