Women's Global Empowerment Fund

The mission of Women's Global Empowerment Fund is to reach poor and underserved women in northern Uganda thru microfinance loans and educational programs, creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. Our strategy is to provide women with the framesork necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Our goal is poverty reduction, human security enhancement & women's empowerment.
Jul 9, 2012

WGEF receives International WorkLife Balance Award

WGEF Wins International WorkLife Balance Award!

The award ceremony for this special event took place on Wednesday May 30th at the Auditorium Piazza
Lombardia in Milan in conjunction with the VII World Family Meeting held there between May 29th and June 3rd at the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.

The prestigious International WorkLife Award was created to mark the VII Global Family Meeting in 2012 to reward efforts all over the world that exemplify the best work-family conciliations adopted by companies, non-profit organizations and public administrations. These practices that conciliate work and family include all policies and initiatives regarding connections with local welfare and social policies for an overall aim to improve the business and social climate in their given communities to help create a balance between personal commitments, family life, and business associates/colleagues.

"There is no balance in life for families that don't have access to basic human services, food, clean water, health care, education and human security. Women's Global Empowerment Fund works with women in northern Uganda, a post conflict region. We help them recover and rebuild their lives after many years of unimaginable violence and poverty."  Karen Sugar, WGEF Founder/Director

Literacy 2012:

In April of 2012 our 5th year of literacy trainings began, serving 115 women. This year we are offering two levels, beginner and continuing students. This is an exciting accomplishment for WGEF and our clients! This critical program is possible in part because of the generosity of Global Giving donors!



We hope you are proud and inspired to be a part of Women's Global Empowerment Fund! Please continue to support critical, lifesaving programs for women and families in post conflict northern Uganda!

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Jun 27, 2012

Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu 2012

Kikopo Pa Mon 2011
Kikopo Pa Mon 2011

Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu.....Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu

5th Annual, September, 2012, Gulu, Uganda

To address the issue of gender inequality, violence, land rights, food security, HIV/AIDS and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and Vac Net created and hosted a drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon.  Women in our Credit Plus program create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance.

Performances focus on the issues of inequality, education inequity, HIV and violence. Last year the topic, chosen by participants, was land rights and property ownership.  Women used the unique opportunity as a vehicle to directly speak to men and community leaders who were in attendance. Because the issues addressed are sensitive and can be difficult to discuss directly, using music, dance and drama offers a different way to communicate and provides
many other benefits, including maintaining and celebrating cultural traditions.

The competition provided a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive subject matters; promoted unity and team building; and offered women the opportunity to be creative and innovative. The feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive and created an excitement for Women’s Global and VacNet in the
community.

By encouraging the idea of traditional music, dance, and drama in the local language, the culture of the area would be preserved, and the relevance of these issues to the community would be elevated. Due to
the positive response and overwhelming success of the event, Women’s Global and VacNet will continue to host Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

In September, 2012, our 5th annual drama festival will be held. This is a vital program, enabling women to shift existing paradigms and conversations to challenge entrenched patriarchal notions and requiring their communities and leaders to listen and act. Please support this important and unique program.



 



 



elevating women
elevating women's voices, drama festival 2011

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Apr 16, 2012

Literacy 2012 Begins!

On April 14th our 5th year of literacy training begun in post conflict northern Uganda! 100 women will participate in the twice weekly classes for 8 months. Providing this life changing opportunity to women who have experienced unimaginable violence and poverty in the past and are now recovering their lives is our most important program. When you give a woman the opportunity to learn to read and write, her whole world opens up.

Attached is a photo of Cecilina and me two years ago; in the photo Cecilina is 61 years old and a WGEF client. For the first time in her life she can now write her name, she doesn't have to use a thumbprint anymore. She continues to learn and improve her literacy skills and is one of our most committed participants.

This initiative is so very critical to the women of northern Uganda, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to attend school due to the long, brutal insurgency. The region is now rebuilding and WGEF clients are working hard to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families.

Please continue to support this life changing program. The funding initiative is ongoing and the more funds we raise the more women we can include every year. Thank you.

Peace,

Karen Sugar

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