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 29, 2013

It's On!

moving forward thru dance and theatre
moving forward thru dance and theatre

It's on! Our 6th annual drama festival, Creating a Voice for Women, Kikopo Pa Mon will be held on October 6th. This years theme is: Women, a force for peace security and democracy!

Every year WGEF hosts an important, regional event, elevating women's voices. The festival provides a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive and critical subject matters; promotes unity, team building and offers women the opportunity to be creative and innovative and highlighting the power of theatre and storytelling.

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 is committed to hosting Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

Storytelling, dance and song, is not just entertainment, but an effective way of communication and discussion. WGEF clients work together to create dramas that highlite challenges they face in their lives and communities. Creating a mechanism for conversation and discussion. This relevant mechanism enable women's voices to be elevated, challenging entrenched patriarchy, inequality and injustice.

The event is attended by hundred of people from around the region and country; tribal leaders, elected officials, community leaders and citizens gather to see and listen to women, creating new ways forward and addressing challenges. The performances are inspiring; women begin writing, producing, creating costumes, sets in the summer all leading up to a fantastic and meaningful community, regional event.

I hope you are inspired, and support this important effort. Thank you for your commitment to women's empowerment!

Karen

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official guest
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Jun 20, 2013

Removing Obstacles...

As women in northern Uganda rebuild and recover their lives and communities, it is critical to support community based projects and institutuions. There is not a more important system or institution than justice. Without access to a functioning and fair judicial system, women, and all citizens, face increased persecution, violence and voicelessness. 

WGEF strives to elevate women's voices, supporting community based programs that focus on equality and human security. Our Leadership Development Programs are critical to addressing systemic inequities and further marginalization providing women the mechanisms necessary to have a voice in policy development.

To address violence against women, gender bias, inequality, and gaps in the justice chain for women, this initiative strives to provide the critical information and resources, enabling women to know their legal and human rights within the justice system. 

Goals of the initiative are: 

*Define and address discrimination within the justice system

*Create an action plan; using grassroots organizing strategies, exploring formal/informal mechanisms (hotline, peace huts)

*Ensure government is held accountable for enforcement/impact of laws-oversight mechanisms

Our goal is to host the 3 day training in October 2013, and are continuing to raise funds for the project. So far we have been able to develop the curriculum and training agenda. The support of our Global Giving community is critical to our success and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

WGEF believes that women are natural leaders, and when given opportunities and access will be a transformative force for peace, democracy, security and equality.

Peace,

Karen

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Jun 19, 2013

What can you do with $57?

Sisterhood
Sisterhood

The average WGEF microcredit loan is $57. This loan enables a woman to start a business, expand her business, feed her family, participate in her community and create virtuous spirals of possibilities....

To date WGEF has given over 3300 loans, with a 100% repayment rate, enabling us to continue to loan money and create new entreprenuers. Businesses include, selling produce, goods in the market, food service, small restaurants, hotels, tailoring, quarry work, beauty salons, construction, and many other viable cottage endeavors. In addition, we have given out over 240 agriculture loans, creating small/medium scale women farmers; increasing food security at the household and community level. Our agro loan program has been a great success and an important part of a healthy recovery for the northern region. 

Your donation is more than just a loan, it is a lifeline to increased economic and human security, hear from one of our clients: 

"As a mother of seven I had no idea about how my life would be after the impact of the LRA War. I was abducted at the age of six and returned with two children, I hardly knew what to do with my life because my parents were gone. After a few years I met a man whom I thought would provide me with all the security I needed, all was a myth because he kept beating me each time I asked for money and whenever he came home drunk causing even more pain and suffering. With all the pain I wanted to return to the bush where life was much easier but whenever I looked at my children I felt they needed me because no one could look after them after I was gone. It was then that I started growing vegetables and selling but the money was not even enough to cater for our upkeep because my husband could even take it away from me.

I had one problem after the other, with no one to turn to but one day I met a group of Women Benefiting from WGEF, after several days, a peer counselor shared with me a lot about what I was going through and introduced me to the Program, due to my low self esteem I feared to be among other women but gradually I gained the courage.

 My life has now changed not only because of the loans but also the trainings that I received. I managed to start up a business and a live stock project which is helping me pay school fees and other basic needs; I also bought a bicycle from the profits which has eased the transportation of my products to the market. At this point the relationship within my family has improved and we are working together to provide for our family, people in my community now respect me and I am now even a community leader, something I thought wasn’t meant for me. At last I have the hope that was long gone."

 “Please fellow women, do not think whatever you went through or are going through cannot change – we can rise above poverty once equipped with the right tools”

“Akello Beatrice – Bungatira”  God Bless WGEF 

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to equality and women's empowerment! 

Peace, 

Karen 

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