Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu thru Drama

 
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Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu September 2012

Scene from 2011 Drama Festival
Scene from 2011 Drama Festival

To address the issue of inequality, HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, food security, land rights and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund hosts a drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon.  Women in our microfinance program create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance.

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 will host Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

October 6th we will host our 5th annual festival; this year's theme: The Role of Women in Peace building and Development in Northern Uganda.

 

 

 

Bow and Arrow 2011
Bow and Arrow 2011
Dance with Hatchets 2011
Dance with Hatchets 2011
Jun 27, 2012

Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu 2012

Kikopo Pa Mon 2011
Kikopo Pa Mon 2011

Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu.....Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu

5th Annual, September, 2012, Gulu, Uganda

To address the issue of gender inequality, violence, land rights, food security, HIV/AIDS and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and Vac Net created and hosted a drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon.  Women in our Credit Plus program create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance.

Performances focus on the issues of inequality, education inequity, HIV and violence. Last year the topic, chosen by participants, was land rights and property ownership.  Women used the unique opportunity as a vehicle to directly speak to men and community leaders who were in attendance. Because the issues addressed are sensitive and can be difficult to discuss directly, using music, dance and drama offers a different way to communicate and provides
many other benefits, including maintaining and celebrating cultural traditions.

The competition provided 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. The feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive and created an excitement for Women’s Global and VacNet in the
community.

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 and VacNet will continue to host Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

In September, 2012, our 5th annual drama festival will be held. This is a vital program, enabling women to shift existing paradigms and conversations to challenge entrenched patriarchal notions and requiring their communities and leaders to listen and act. Please support this important and unique program.



 



 



elevating women
elevating women's voices, drama festival 2011

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Oct 10, 2011

Creating a Voice for Women, September 2011

creating a voice for women, dance presentation
creating a voice for women, dance presentation

To address the issue of gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, food security and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund hosts a drama competition, Kikopo Pa Mon.  Women in our microfinance program create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance. September 2011, WGEF hosted our 4th annual drama event in Gulu, Uganda. The focus this year was land rights and property ownership for women.

Over 150 women participated, presenting dramas, songs, dances, poetry to the community, highlighting the inequity in women's access to land rights and ownership. Hundreds of community members, tribal and political leaders attended creating the opportunity for dialogue and conversation regarding the critical issue of land rights. Although women provide 80-90% of food production and labour, they are excluded from land ownership and property rights, creating food and human insecurity, gender based discrimination and marginalization.

This critical issue of land rights was the perfect subject for the drama event, elevating the issue to the community and regional level and providing a stigma free environment and an effective vehicle to address the challenges. We are now planning for further community forums to continue the dialogue and looking forward to our 5th annual drama event in 2012.

Please enjoy the photos and video clips from Kiko Po Pa Mon!

stage presentation
stage presentation
drama presentation
drama presentation
children watching and seeing what is possible
children watching and seeing what is possible
community forum/dinner before event
community forum/dinner before event

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Karen Sugar

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Denver, Colorado Uganda

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