Global Grassroots

Global Grassroots is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to catalyze women and girls as leaders of conscious social change in their communities. Global Grassroots' work is guided by four core values that form our theory of change: 1. Deepening personal consciousness and contributing towards the common good are both essential to social change. 2. One of the most effective levers of social change is a woman with the capability, resources, power, courage and inner commitment to initiate positive change for herself and others. 3. Sustaining and accelerating conscious social change requires investment in supporting, civil society architecture. 4. Mind-body trauma healing plus t...
Jan 17, 2012

What does 'gender equality' mean to our community?

Achieving a Better Life

“What does ‘gender equality’ mean to our beneficiaries?

January 2012

During the last few months, we took the opportunity to visit some of the couples we work with at their homes. We wanted to hear their views on gender equality, and to learn how it plays out in their homes and in their community.  We visited a handful of selected couples in each area where we work to get a representative sample of opinions, and we ‘interviewed’ them, having a guided conversation and letting them give their point of view. Our objective was to learn if and how we could help each couple understand what true gender equality would look like in their lives. Our team interviewed many couples and recorded certain points from the conversations to measure the trends in opinion and belief. 

 

We learned that there are still both men and women who believe that a girl’s or woman’s duty is to clean the house and/or compound, wash the dishes, do the laundry, cook, care for the children, and fetch water— all while her brother or husband sit and wait to see that the food is ready, and then be served where they are sitting. We found this mindset prevailed in about one third of the couples we visited.

 

There are both positive and negative opinions about gender equality among our sample couples. We took the time to ask men and women what ‘gender’ meant in their lives. Some said that it means that girls go to school, women have a role in making decisions, and that women are allowed to get jobs. However, we also talked to people who believe that the boys would be the first priority for schooling, and that women should not give advice about important things. Around 20% of the people we spoke with said that ‘gender’ is the issue that women manipulate in order to rule over men.

 

We also wanted to know the impact of the concept of ‘gender’ in the couple’s life.

15% said that their lives changed because of they came to understand the concept. They started to share responsibilities, they sent their children to school, and they improved their financial well-being.

5% of the couples said they experienced conflicts because they understood gender equality to be a weapon women use to rule over men. It goes against the culture.

One woman reported she was beaten after going to an event for the women’s movement.

 

From our interviews, we concluded that we need to continue teaching both men and women. We also need more support to continue building healthy relationships between the genders in our communities. Please consider a donation to Achieving a Better Life for the women and men of Rwanda!

Dec 27, 2011

Tailoring skills mean new opportunities for program graduates

The Construct the Family team recently welcomed a new teacher to facilitate their course on sewing and women’s economic independence, in order to allow the previous instructor to take maternity leave. Currently, 5 of their students are earning a steady income independently through tailoring, thanks to their new skills.  This March, 27 more women will graduate from the sewing program.

 

GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE

Global Grassroots is proud to present our interactive annual magazine, Portraits of Transformation, available online at www.globalgrassroots.org/annualmagazine

Meet the individuals, families, and communities that drive our work. 

Explore stories of personal growth and social change, told through photography, writing, and video.

Discover inspiration in their reflections, challenges, and triumphs.

...Please join us in celebrating our impact in 2011, and looking ahead to new growth and continued transformation in 2012.

Global Grassroots works to support women change agents among survivors of war and disaster. Under-served, undereducated, and overburdened, these women would otherwise lack the resources to promote systemic change. But they have profound wisdom about their communities and innovative ideas for social change. Their resilience, courage, and creativity are transforming the world, one community at a time. 

These are their stories…

"The [Global Grassroots] training has taught me to think big... Now, I can go somewhere and knock and ask for a grant or anything.  Apart from that, in my own community, I have become a conflict resolver.  If in the neighborhood there is a conflict, women come to me – they trust me.  I go with them to solve those conflicts.  It helps me to change the quality of life in my community.”         

- Jeanette Muteteri, treasurer of Have a Good Life

 

“Now I feel like I can move... I can join the other people...I have come to understand my own value.  I know that I can participate in the team.  I can help them; I can give my ideas.”

- Christine Nyirandeya, team advisor of People of Love

Dec 27, 2011

Team Analyzes Issue Study to Meet Community Needs

After completing the curriculum for their women’s rights training program, the Relax team worked diligently to design and conduct their issue study in their community. In November, they analyzed the results so as to best meet the needs voiced by their beneficiaries, and they are now ready to offer trainings in the community!

 

GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE

Global Grassroots is proud to present our interactive annual magazine, Portraits of Transformation, available online at www.globalgrassroots.org/annualmagazine

Meet the individuals, families, and communities that drive our work.

Explore stories of personal growth and social change, told through photography, writing, and video.

Discover inspiration in their reflections, challenges, and triumphs.

...Please join us in celebrating our impact in 2011, and looking ahead to new growth and continued transformation in 2012.

Global Grassroots works to support women change agents among survivors of war and disaster. Under-served, undereducated, and overburdened, these women would otherwise lack the resources to promote systemic change. But they have profound wisdom about their communities and innovative ideas for social change. Their resilience, courage, and creativity are transforming the world, one community at a time. 

These are their stories…

"The [Global Grassroots] training has taught me to think big... Now, I can go somewhere and knock and ask for a grant or anything.  Apart from that, in my own community, I have become a conflict resolver.  If in the neighborhood there is a conflict, women come to me – they trust me.  I go with them to solve those conflicts.  It helps me to change the quality of life in my community.”         

- Jeanette Muteteri, treasurer of Have a Good Life

 

“Now I feel like I can move... I can join the other people...I have come to understand my own value.  I know that I can participate in the team.  I can help them; I can give my ideas.”

- Christine Nyirandeya, team advisor of People of Love

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