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...
Aug 8, 2011

New Online Social Entrepreneurship Program Under Development

We are excited to share, Global Grassroots has begun the development of a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change, which will allow women’s groups in developing countries globally to access our social entrepreneurship curriculum online. To date, we have received emails from over 160 women’s groups from 45 different countries requesting our programs. We will be chosing a pilot group of women's organizations from four continents to participate in the beta version of the elearning program.  Our online academy will be accessible for free, providing an interactive program that will support the development of grassroots-level social entrepreneurship projects. We anticipate the development of the site will be complete in late autumn for piloting, with a public launch in early 2012.

Next week Global Grassroots will launch its new Conscious Social Change certification program, with seven women from three countries.  Once certified, this corps of trainees will be able to deploy globally to offer our core program upon request to partner organizations. Global Grassroots is eager to collaborate through partnership to support women change agents in new communties.

This progress has only been possible with your support and we extend our deepest gratitude.  As we expand, Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to help us make these exciting possibilities a reality. We know that women have the potential to lead conscious social change, but many lack the resources and training to advance their own ideas. Please consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.

Aug 8, 2011

Kanombe Water Project Completes Construction

Let Us Build Ourselves - Kanombe has completed construction of their water venture, which is designed to serve 100 families with clean water to fight the underlying causes of violence and sexual exploitation of women while collecting water.  The venture is expecting to have the final hookup to the local municipal water pipeline next week and will begin selling water.  The team also conducted an issue study in their local community to establish a baseline against which they will work to improve the lives of women.  They discovered some shocking findings, including:

  • 93% of respondents had contracted some form of water-borne disease
  • 97% of women had experience conflict with their spouse due to the lack of water
  • 87% had been forced to trade sex for water more than 6 times in the last year
  • Only 13% had ever been tested for HIV
  • It took women an average 2. 9 hours to collect water daily
  • 93% of respondents said their children were late for school daily for helping to collect water

Once the venture is operational, when women come to collect water, the program will offer trainings on the importance of clean water and how to end violence against women. The training course will teach how women are important to community and family development, will highlight how women in high positions have made valuable contributions to society, and will share ways that men and women can respect one another.

GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE

We are excited to share, Global Grassroots has begun the development of a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change, which will allow women’s groups in developing countries globally to access our social entrepreneurship curriculum online. To date, we have received emails from over 160 women’s groups from 45 different countries requesting our programs. We will be choosing a pilot group of women's organizations from four continents to participate in the beta version of the elearning program.  Our online academy will be accessible for free, providing an interactive program that will support the development of grassroots-level social entrepreneurship projects. We anticipate the development of the site will be complete in late autumn for piloting, with a public launch in early 2012.

Next week Global Grassroots will launch its new Conscious Social Change certification program, with seven women from three countries.  Once certified, this corps of trainees will be able to deploy globally to offer our core program upon request to partner organizations. Global Grassroots is eager to collaborate through partnership to support women change agents in new communities.

This progress has only been possible with your support and we extend our deepest gratitude.  As we expand, Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to help us make these exciting possibilities a reality. We know that women have the potential to lead conscious social change, but many lack the resources and training to advance their own ideas. Please consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.

Jul 21, 2011

July 9, filming a documentary called "Inheritance"

Why this title, "Inheritance"? We met two women with different stories of domestic violence, and we had a conversation with them. Some of their comments will be shown in the video, while others will remain private.

One woman escaped one day when her husband came back home drunk and took a machete to kill her. The machete took the leg of her 20-year-old son. The man was taken to the police, and the family-in-law gathered and complained to that woman that in Rwandan culture, it is not good to accuse your husband. “This is an abomination,” they said. So the wife went to the police to ask for the husband to be released.

She told me that she has been married for 25 years, but not one of of the days has she heard her husband call her ‘honey’, and not one of the days has she seen her husband give her a gift. So she is like a slave in her home, doing everything to sustain her life with her children, looking for food, clothes, school fees, and medical care...

The main image we captured was her different chores during the day and her sleeping outside in the banana trees at night. She mentioned the many types of violence she faces, and we asked her why this happens to women. She replied, “It is inheritance from our culture. It is settled in the minds of men that they have power over women and no one can stop them.”

The second woman we talked to was a woman with HIV/AIDS who sleeps outside under a banana tree and covers herself and her five children with a mosquito net. She told us her story. After both she and her husband were tested positive for HIV, he kicked her and her children out of the house. When people tried to help her by building a small house for them, he came and destroyed it.

You couldn’t believe the miserable life that this woman is living, unless you could see it. I was about to cry when I was doing the interview.  Does this wife have any hope of going back to her husband? We need to work hard on changing this mindset. Sharing a true story may be the way to handle the issue of violence, but not every story can be shared in an interview. Sometimes, we need actors to replace the true women who keep silent.

Today, July 21st, we finished editing a feature-length drama. That documentary is in the editing process. From our experience filming the inheritance story, we remembered that women are suffering physically; they are being beaten because even though there is a law protecting against beatings, the culture is a challenge. Psychological abuse is even higher because many men know that if they beat their wives, they can be reported to the police. So instead, they are silent: no communication, no money given, no food… he keeps quiet and goes out to find a little girl to have affair with him. And there is the sexual abuse– either he can refuse you and go out to find someone else, or he can come home and expect it from his wife, without caring whether you like it or not.

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