Methods

METHODS

To fulfill the mandate to teach the people of Uganda about their culture as it pertains to women and girls riding bicycles, the following procedure is followed:

  • A Questionnaire is designed to assess the knowledge and attitudes of the respondents about women riding bicycles. The questions are designed to teach as well as gather information. Often the answers received from one village will result in the refinement of the questionnaire for the next village visit. The results of this questionnaire provide a needs assessment which is often required by funding agencies. A sample questionnaire and summary of answers is provided at the end of this section.
  • A village is selected by the Executive for an outreach visit. This decision is most often made based on personal or informal connections with the village
  • Women and Men of the village are mobilized through the LC1, religious leaders, influential members of the community and health and community workers to attend a meeting. The meeting is scheduled several weeks in advance. Often, the time chosen is on a Sunday afternoon after Church, when both the villagers and WoW volunteers have the least employment responsibilities.
  • On the appointed time, several WoW volunteers taking the Chapter’s two bicycles visit the village. The SPCIFIC details of what it is about the culture that has prevented women from riding bicycles are described. Specifics are required because most people already know it is due to the “Culture” and have a sense of loyalty or patriotism to the culture, without knowing EXACTLY the historical beliefs of the culture that are the problem. Pictures of women’s bicycles are presented. Pictures of a type of alternative fashionable woman’s trousers called culottes are presented or they are demonstrated by the WoW volunteers.
  • After the presentation, the Questionnaire is administered.
  • Finally, hands on teaching of bicycle riding is offered.
  • After several months, a follow up visit is made to reinforce the message and to access progress.

WOMEN on WHEELS

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT QUESTIONAIRE

Name of Respondent………………………………..Village…………………Date…………….

Contact/Phone number…………………………..

  1. Would riding a bicycle or boda help women and girls in their work and lives?How 
  2. it help?
  3. Why do women and girls not ride bicycles or bodas?
  4. What in the Culture prevents women and girls from riding bicycles and boda bodas?
  5. Do you have clothing that would allow bicycle riding?
  6. Do you think women and girls are capable of learning to ride a bicycle?
  7. Do you know the difference between a man’s and a woman’s bicycle?
  8. Which kind of bicycle would be best to buy? And why?
  9. How would you save to buy a bicycle?
  10. Would you be willing to use a Box Society to buy a bicycle?
  11. How will you help the project?
  12. How do we stop the men from taking over the bicycles?
  13. Who should receive bicycles first:
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Post-secondary
  • Working Women

 

 

WOMEN on WHEELS

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT QUESTIONAIRE

HAMURWA, MARCH 11, 2018

QUESTION 1 Would riding a bicycle or boda help women and girls in their work and lives?

  • Yes 50 100%

QUESTION 2 How would it help?

  • Earn and Save Money 24 38%
  • Carry Things 24 38%
  • Transport People Quickly 11 18%
  • Earn as Boda Driver 3 5%
  • Physical Fitness 1 1%

QUESTION 3 Why do women and girls not ride bicycles or bodas?

  • Fear of Exposing Private Parts 22 39%
  • Loss of Virginity 10 18%
  • Culture and fear of Parents or Husband 10 18%
  • Loss of the respect of others 4 7%
  • Lack of money 4 7%
  • Inability to Ride 2 3.5%
  • Women’s Apathy 2 3.5%
  • Women’s preoccupied with work 2 3.5%
  • Fear of Injury 1 2%

QUESTION 4 What in the Culture prevents women and girls from riding bicycles and bodas?

  • Fear of Exposing Private Parts 20 41%
  • Avoid being ridiculed &called prostitute 11 22%
  • Loss of Virginity 8 16%
  • Loss of self respect 5 10%
  • Other 3 6%
  • Respect for husband 2 4%

QUESTION 5 Do you have clothing that would allow bicycle riding?

  • Yes 47 94%
  • No 3 6%

QUESTION 6 Do you think women and girls are capable of learning to ride a bicycle?

  • Yes 50 100%

QUESTION 7 Do you know the difference between a man’s and a woman’s bicycle?

  • Yes 21 42%
  • No 29 58%

QUESTION 8 Which kind of bicycle would be best to buy? And why?

  • Men’s 34 89% Carry heavy loads with middle bar
  • Women’s 4 11% Easy to ride and cheap, (incorrect)

QUESTION 9 How would you save to buy a bicycle

  • BOX SOCIETY 37 80%
  • BANKING 7 15%
  • GET LOAN 2 4%
  • QUESTION 10 Would you be willing to use a Box Society to buy a bicycle?
  • YES 48 98%
  • NO (Use Bank, Use own Box) 2 4%

QUESTION 11 How will you help the project?

  • Teach others and recruit for WoW 22 48%
  • Attend meeting or support group 11 24%
  • Box saving 10 22%
  • Buy bicycle and carry goods 3 6%

QUESTION 12 How do we stop the men from taking over the bicycles?

  • Bicycle will be mine when I learn how to ride 19 38%
  • Explain to men the purpose of project 12 24%
  • Lock the bicycle 12 24%
  • Mark the bicycle 6 12%
  • Chairperson will control bicycle 1 2%

QUESTION 13

  • Primary 0 0%
  • Secondary 3 6%
  • Post Secondary 0 0%
  • Working Women 47 94%