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.
Nov 4, 2013

6th Annual Festival a Success!

celebrating culture and tradition
celebrating culture and tradition

October 2013

Creating a voice for WOMEN Annual Event Report

Between 4th and 5th October 2013 WGEF, and our community partners, hosted our 6th annual Community Dinner and Drama Festival, Creating a Voice for Women event in Gulu. At the community dinner we hosted 125 registered guests, and another 40 staff, volunteers and performers in attendance for our WOMEN4Peace Awarding ceremony.  This far exceeded our target goal of 100 attendees. Our keynote speakers, WGEF Founder Karen Sugar and Mr. Daniel Komakech made presentations about the Resilience, Agency and innovation of Northern Ugandan women which kicked off a lively discussion about women’s role in sustaining peace.  We awarded Amony Evelyn Naima and Aol Josephine for this year’s WOMEN4 Peace awards.  Both gave very moving speeches.  This year’s awardees truly enhance the quality of life for women and children. Their passion is inspiring and we hope that by awarding their tireless efforts, they will continue to foster motivation and inspire the younger generation to contribute towards consolidating peace security and democracy in Northern Uganda.  

Our day long Drama Festival event on Saturday, October 5th was equally a huge success.  We had 150 participants who performed in drama, Dance, and gave testimony.  They represented 7 Sub-counties. We were able to conduct 114 HCT, 93 Cervical Cancer screenings, and 5 IUD implants. These services were offered for free and we were able to offer tests many of our festival participants, including some men.

In addition, we had the a great number of community members turn up, including children who continuously participate and watch their mothers carrying the flag to challenge structural roles in the end we will see a change in perception in the community as children grow up participating. In total 360 participants attended our day Kikopo Pa Mon event, 11 community based organization supported the Event both in Kind and monetary terms.

This year's festival and community dinner were both inspiring and critical in recognizing the work of women, not only in their communities but their important role in conflict resolution. These events provide a platform for elevating women's voices and we are committed to continuing this annual event.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The turn up was good
  • The awards were given to the winners
  • All the key invited persons including the invited guests turned up for the event
  • The resources were enough for the people especially in terms of feeding

 

CHALLENGES

  • The numbers of people who turned up was over those invited and this created a budget stretch
  • The visitors came late for the event and this interfered with the schedule for our program
  • Resource mobilization was not very successful since most partners were not able to provide support due to so many reasons

 

 

 

littlest participant
littlest participant
Oct 22, 2013

Moving forward for justice..

Evelyn, Women 4 Peace award recipient, 2013
Evelyn, Women 4 Peace award recipient, 2013

This October, we had a meeting in Gulu to discuss ongoing leadership development trainings, beginning with the Access to Justice for Women initiative in April of 2014. We have also joined forces with Gulu University and the African Justice Project to ensure a relevant, meaningful and ongoing dialogue around the issues of justice as they unfold as the post conflict region recovers. 

The dialogue at the meeting was lively, with 15 women leaders from Women's Global Empowerment Fund, Professors, scholars, and community leaders creating the framework for ongoing dialogue and strategies for 2014. In addition, we gave out two Women 4 Peace Awards at a community dinner. Please read the attached description of one of our winners, who is not only courageous but inspirational, fighting for justice for formerly abducted women and children. 

The goal of the Access to Justice for Women initiative is to ensure women know and understand their legal and human rights, have confidence to access the legal system, and what to do when they experience breakages in the justice chain. 

Having a legitimate and working justice system in the foundation of society, but often times women are marginalized and cannot properly access justice or the legal mechanisms. Our aim is to change that dynamic thru dialogue, education and action. 

We invite you to support this critical program, and thank you for your ongoing encouragement and commitment to social justice. 

Peace.


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Sep 18, 2013

Microfinance Elevates Women's Voices!

agro project
agro project

As you know, WGEF is more than a microfinance endeavor; we elevate women's voices! We reject the status quo of accepted levels of violence and poverty women face and strive to give women and their families the tools and support they need to address inequality in the economic, social and political sphere. Perhaps best put by one of WGEF’s clients, Grace Kevin, expressing her experience as a program client:

“Thank you for the opportunity to share with you, by the way this is an achievement to me I used to fear to share but now will never be silent again.”

-Grace Kevin, WGEF client 

Our Credit Plus program has given 3400+ microcredit loans, basic business training and opportunities to participate in development programs. We made our first loan in October, 2007 and since April, 2008, have experienced rapid growth. Our reputation in the community indicates that we have a meaningful, solid, fair program, resulting in new groups applying weekly. Several indicators highlight the success of this program and where we are at this point in time. One, we have had no defaults or missed payments; two, many groups have applied for a fourth and fifth loan to expand and grow their businesses, some women are hiring assistants and employees from their villages; three, we have received very positive feedback from community leaders, our clients, and have received  extensive press coverage; and four, we have had fantastic turnouts for our reproductive health training in May, and the 5th annual Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu, drama festival in October, 2012.  

Due to the positive response and overwhelming success of Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, it has become a regional and nationally recognized event. 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. We would like to invite you to share our excitment as we prepare for our 6th annual Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, celebrating the theme Women, a force for peace, security and democracy!

Thank you so much for your continued support and kindness. We look forward to sharing the exciting events of these coming months with you as we work together to fight poverty and inequality.

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