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.
Jan 18, 2013

Field Report: Kikopo Pa Mon 2012, Gulu

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The Drama Festival

Oct. 6, 2012

 Kikopo pa Mon, the annual drama festival of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, took place yesterday under the hot Ugandan sun. A crew of industrious volunteers had been laboring for two days to get an open field adjacent to a school transformed into a performance space, complete with a covered stage and covered seating. Seven groups of women arrived shortly before noon to get set up to present dramas, dances and songs. The first group arrived in one of the long taxi-vans common in this country. As they poured out of the vehicle, they broke into spontaneous song and dance—their excitement was palpable.

This year’s theme was “The role of women in peace and development in northern Uganda.” In fact, the evening before, WGEF had sponsored a “social evening”, a sort of town hall meeting, to discuss the theme. Invited speakers and many women involved in the organization’s programs engaged in a lively dialogue about how women’s substantial efforts in the area of peace and development often go unappreciated in the region. Two women were given awards for their ongoing work helping women rebuild their lives following a brutal war that had ravaged their country for over 20 years to eventually embrace the hope of peacetime.  

 The women had been practicing for the following day’s festival for several weeks and were eager to share their work with their sisters. The first drama, which I was somehow able to follow despite being presented in Acholi, dealt with a married couple whose husband was having an extramarital affair. The husband would hop on his “motorcycle”, represented by a pair of handlebars, and zip around town to visit his girlfriend. The wife eventually discovers them together, she and her mate have a huge fight, and eventually the two of them get HIV testing. In these all-female productions, all the men are played adeptly by women.

The plays alternated with choral songs and tribal dances. The dances were breathtaking to watch, accompanied by drums and the bells tied around their ankles. One group held hatchets in what looked like a hunting ritual. Another dance, I was told, was to commemorate a funeral.

 As is typical for this event, a large bunch of children gathered, entertained by the plays and delighted by the music. At one point a group of boys who were dancing on one side of the open performance space were rushed upon by the dancing women with hatchets. The boys ran off in what seemed like real fear.

Family planning services and HIV testing was offered in a neighboring school room. Women brought produce, beads and other crafts to sell. I saw one of the elected officials leaving with a pumpkin. Several local politicians were on hand to witness the event and share their thoughts on the theme at the end of the day.

The entire event lasted about five hours. Halfway through a hot lunch was served to everyone in attendance. It was an exciting and enlightening day for all. I wonder what next year’s theme will be?

--Douglas Langworthy

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Nov 26, 2012

Looking forward to 2013.....

Greetings!

We live in a chaotic, tumultuous world, and during the
holidays it may seem even more so. One thing is constant: the desire for
security, peace and justice. These are lofty ideals, many times clouded by
violence, politics and greed, but at the end of the day they are worth fighting
for and that is our goal. To work for social justice, sustainable human
development, increased food security and women’s empowerment.

Food security and the rising prices of food staples are,
and should be, main concerns for WGEF, NGO’s and all who believe in economic
justice. The past few years, global food prices have eclipsed previous global highs and
continue to climb. This is a multifaceted issue, which requires a complete
transformation of global agriculture policy. Access to healthy food sources is
a human right, not a luxury. For the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, rising
food prices means going from two meals a day to one or none. This creates
extreme poverty, human insecurity and violence.

WGEF is addressing this critical issue by focusing on our agriculture program, providing loans and
tools for women farmers and farm workers. Our focus for 2013 is leadership
development and food security: growing our agriculture program, supporting the
new Gulu Women’s Agriculture Union, and promoting and training women to become
leaders and advocates in their community.

As we move forward into our 5th year and beyond, our program continues
to be transformative, provocative and relevant. We hope you are inspired and
continue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda. Please
contact me with questions or conversation, 303.520.7656.

Peace and love to you and your family this holiday season!

Karen Sugar, Founder and Director

WGEF’s
2011 Wish List!

During this holiday season, you can support WGEF by
donating the following much-needed items:

1)    Help us fund the Access to Justice Initiative, providing critical information on human and legal rights; including addressing gender bias and breakages in the justice chain, solutions, and resources. (See GG project)

2)    Tractor
- $2500 to be used collectively by WGEF farmers and union members – owned and
operated by GWAU (Gulu Women’s Agricultural Union). (See GG project)

3)    Literacy
Program - $10,000 – increase our capacity to 200 women, enabling 100 additional
to join this program! (See GG project)

Nov 26, 2012

Looking forward to 2013.....

Greetings!

We live in a chaotic, tumultuous world, and during the
holidays it may seem even more so. One thing is constant: the desire for
security, peace and justice. These are lofty ideals, many times clouded by
violence, politics and greed, but at the end of the day they are worth fighting
for and that is our goal. To work for social justice, sustainable human
development, increased food security and women’s empowerment.

Food security and the rising prices of food staples are,
and should be, main concerns for WGEF, NGO’s and all who believe in economic
justice. The past few years, global food prices have eclipsed previous global highs and
continue to climb. This is a multifaceted issue, which requires a complete
transformation of global agriculture policy. Access to healthy food sources is
a human right, not a luxury. For the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, rising
food prices means going from two meals a day to one or none. This creates
extreme poverty, human insecurity and violence.

WGEF is addressing this critical issue by focusing on our agriculture program, providing loans and
tools for women farmers and farm workers. Our focus for 2013 is leadership
development and food security: growing our agriculture program, supporting the
new Gulu Women’s Agriculture Union, and promoting and training women to become
leaders and advocates in their community.

As we move forward into our 4th year and beyond, our program continues
to be transformative, provocative and relevant. We hope you are inspired and
continue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda. Please
contact me with questions or conversation, 303.520.7656.


Peace to you and your family this holiday season!

Karen Sugar, Founder and Director

WGEF’s
2011 Wish List!

During this holiday season, you can support WGEF by
donating the following much-needed items:

1)   Help us fund the Access to Justice Initiative, providing critical information on human and legal rights; including addressing gender bias and inequalities, breakages in the justice chain, solutions and resources. (See GG project)

2)    Tractor
- $2500 to be used collectively by WGEF farmers and union members – owned and
operated by GWAU (Gulu Women’s Agricultural Union). (See GG project)

3)    Literacy
Program - $10,000 – increase our capacity to 200 women, enabling 100 additional
to join this program! (see GG project)

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