Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu thru Drama

 
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Dec 23, 2014

WGEF Unwrapped!

WGEF Unwrapped!
By Karen Sugar - Executive Director


“I feel more at peace. Before I joined [WGEF] my life was not easy, now, I feel more comfortable and have peace in my heart.” –Hellen O. 

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.

Access to clean water and 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 traditional and agriculture loan program, providing loans and tools for women to create a business or agro project. Our focus for 2015 is increasing our loan program and leadership development heading into the 2016 national elections. We have many women interested in runnning for regional and national officess. Our aim is promoting and training women to become leaders and advocates in their community and a strong voice in policy development. Our 8th annual drama festival in October will be an integral part of the leadership development programming. 

Attached is our 2014 survey, highlighting our program achievements and words from our clients. As we move forward into our 8th 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. 

Wishing you peace this holiday season! 

Women's Global Empowerment Fund

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Oct 15, 2014

7th Kikopo Pa Mon, Listening to Local Voices

Gulu style watch
Gulu style watch

Gulu, October 4th, 2014

7th Annual Drama Festival, Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu! 

The theme of this years event was Listening to Local Voices. The issues ranged from reintegration after the conflict to equality and women's role in rebuilding the community. 

As usual, the drama festival provided provocative plays, songs and dance. The Acholi culture was represented and celebrated; with hundreds of people attending, enjoying the day, elevating women's voices and discussing issues of equality, ending gender based violence, peacebuilding and setting local priorities. 

The night before we hosted a community dinner, where two women were honoured with our Women 4 Peace Awards. One of the awardees was Prisca, one of WGEF's first clients, a successful entreprenuer and leader in her community. It was exciting to see her receive this honour as her group members and friends applauded her hard work and commitment to women's equality.

The next day the community gathered to watch women challenge their communities and elected leaders to support women's empowerment. Thru the power of storytelling, drama, songs and dances, women communicated, and demanded that their voices be heard!

This year the trend was unique headresses. Each group of dancers had made costumes which incuded head pieces.I have included photos!

This event is not only a way to celebrate and maintian cultural integrity, but effectively communicates the challenges facing women; providing a stigma free platform for women to express themselves, elevating their voices and creating the space for effective communication and advocacy.  

I hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF! Thank you....

Karen

Koro dancers
Koro dancers
Inspired dancers
Inspired dancers
Jun 23, 2014

Breaking the Taboo in 2014

Kikopo Pa Mon 2013
Kikopo Pa Mon 2013

Kikopo Pa Mon or Creating a Voice for Women, has become a vital, and meaningful annual event where the entire community/region participates over two days. It receives national media attention and highlights the challenges citizens of the northern region face as they recover and rebuild their lives. This event promotes and elevates the voices of women and families, shifting the conversation, changing the dynamic and creating a new way forward.

Funds received from GlobalGiving donors will be used to ensure we are able to host the community dinner, feeding over 150 people, providing a panel discussion promoting unity and dialogue. During the evening we will recognize the courage and effort of two women who have worked tirelessly in their community, awarding them the Women 4 Peace awards. The following day, after months of preparation, women will present dramas, songs and dances to the community around the chosen theme; hundreds of community members, elected and tribal officials will attend, providing women a unique opportunity to make their voices heard.

This years event will focus on women's health, highlighting our new initiative focused on menstrual health, The Healthy Periods Initiative. Here is a brief description of our new endeavor:

To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene and stigma, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) is launching the Healthy Periods Initiative – improving health, creating livelihoods.

The goal of this initiative is to provide information, access and opportunities with regards to menstrual health. In addition, WGEF is offering social enterprise opportunities, creating a viable business producing the sanitary pad product. Thru the purchase of a manufacturing unit WGEF will drive economic and socio-cultural changes thru enterprise and education. The first step in this relevant, exciting endeavor will be to launch a pilot project; including workshops, business planning, production, education and assessment. We envision the pilot project to last 6 months.

Statement of Need: Just imagine attending school without toilets or drinking water. Imagine attending a school with a single latrine for all the students, or that the latrine is smelly, with no toilet paper and the door no longer closes. Just imagine attending one of these schools when you have your period.

What is known as ‘Taboo’ in many parts of the world, menstrual health issues affect 26% of the total population each month for 4.5 days (52% of female population is of reproductive age, menstruating each month). In lower income countries (Global South) and areas where there is a lack to basic human services, sanitation, water, menstruation is significantly more challenging to manage hygienically and with dignity.

Because of inequality, gender taboos, and socio-cultural factors, menstrual health can be overlooked. Several surveys* have shown that girls feel embarrassed or ashamed during and because of menses. And often times, during menstruation women and girls are kept from cooking, sleeping in the house, community participation, and are not able to attend school.

Due to the lack of access and affordability of sanitary products, women and girls often use: cloth, leaves, mattress stuffing, and other ineffective and unsafe materials. These materials are unhygienic, uncomfortable, ineffective and unacceptable. Period.

This years Kikopo Pa Mon festival will focus on women's health, equality and justice. On October 3rd and 4th, 2014, WGEF will host our 7th annual event. The festival provides a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive subject matters; promoted unity and team building; and offered women the opportunity to be creative and innovative and highlights the power of theatre.

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 hosts Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

Kikopo Pa Mon enables women to challenge their communities to do better, to advocate for social justice and equality, elevating women's voices. Poverty is not just about not having means, it is about having choices and a say in your life.

We hope are inspired and continue to support this important and transformative project! Thank you!

Kikopo Pa Mon 2013
Kikopo Pa Mon 2013
festival guest
festival guest
drama-2013
drama-2013
elevating women
elevating women's voices - 2012 festival

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Feb 20, 2014

Kikopo Pa Mon 2014

drama festival 2014 - elevating women
drama festival 2014 - elevating women's voices

Creating a voice for WOMEN Annual Event Report

Between 4th and 5th October 2013 WGEF 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
lunchtime entertainment....
lunchtime entertainment....

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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

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Karen Sugar

Founder and Director
Denver, Colorado Uganda

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