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 last 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, including the Access to Justice Initiative!
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 to you and your loved ones this holiday season!
Karen Sugar, Founder and Director
2011 Wish List!
During this holiday season, you can support WGEF by
supporting one of our programs:
1) Help fund the Access to Justice Initiative, providing critical information on human and legal rights; addressing gender bias in the justice system, and solutions when breakages in the justice chain occur (see GG project).
- $2500 to be used collectively by WGEF farmers and union members – owned and
operated by GWAU (Gulu Women’s Agricultural Union) (see GG project).
Program - $10,000 – increase our capacity to 200 women, enabling 100 additional
to join this program (see GG project).