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Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
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Have you heard the incredible news?! has officially been granted ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Consultative Status with the United Nations!

We have been hinting at our new ECOSOC role within the UN for several months, so we want to get down to the details of what this means for OneMama and what it means for YOU.

“Being granted Consultative Status gives us the opportunity to drive policy for human rights in whole new ways.”
    – Siobhan Neilland, OneMama founder

This will allow us to influence decision-makers at the highest international level by delivering statements, participating in negotiations and holding side events at the UN.

Our contributions at United Nations events, like the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which we have attended the past several years, will be far greater than ever before. Having consultative status means we get to provide expert analysis on issues directly from our experience in the field. OneMama will be able to help monitor and implement international agreements, raise public awareness of relevant issues, and even have access to the Human Rights Council as observers.

The United Nations has a long history of collaborating with NGO’s, and by having an official seat at the table we will be able to distribute our information and advocacy work directly to the policy makers.

But that’s not it, and I think I saved one of the best details for last…

We get to take a delegation with us to the CSW!

In the next few weeks, we will be announcing how you can apply to be a delegate, representing OneMama at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City in March 2020. Be on the lookout!

These are inspiring times and we look forward to sharing with you more as our partnerships grow. Thank you for the support over the past several years, we are excited to continue our work on the global stage.


Click Here to learn more about what ECOSOC is:

Click Here to learn about ECOSOC 2019 goals:

Click Here to learn about how OneMama is directly helping towards ECOSOC 2019 goals for sustainability:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Links: World Photo Day  #WorldPhotoDay

For World Photo Day, we are asked to share our world with the world through a photo. The world that is OneMama can be expressed in so many ways, by so many pictures. So I decided to share this wonderful giving world with you through a picture an hour for 24 #WorldPhotoDay photographs celebrating OneMama. Enjoy!


























There is a crisis brewing, and it’s about women’s access to birth control around the globe.

Due to cuts in funding, NGOs and pharmacies are struggling to provide African women with effective birth control.

Enter a pharmacy in Uganda, for example…

You will see shelves full of condoms that nobody wants to use. And pills women can’t use for safety reasons.
Yet the contraceptive shot? Nowhere to be found.

This is the reality the women of Kirindi face right now. It is representative of a crisis rippling across the entire developing world.‘s Founding CEO, Siobhan Neilland, explains, “The pharmacies are not stocked up with adequate birth control. We spent the last 10 years working to ensure that women had access to birth control, specifically, the birth control shot because it is safer for women to use due to domestic violence issues, and it is now difficult to get a hold of.” Since the Global Gag Rule passed in 2017, access to contraceptives has become a challenge.

It is a real crisis that is not getting a lot of attention. And it’s having a dire impact on African women, specifically.


Since the introduction of contraceptives by the OneMama Clinic in 2009, the birth rate in Kirindi steadily declined. But in the last year, it has started to rise again.

Siobhan explains, “When I first arrived in Kirindi, we were averaging ten to twelve deliveries a month, and then with the introduction of contraceptives and education around family planning, it gradually decreased to an average of four births per month. In the last year, it has risen to an average of five births per month.”

What’s happening in Kirindi is a microcosm example of a problem rippling across developing nations.

“When you take away women’s rights to birth control and family planning, you increase their poverty and decrease their power.”

Uganda Birth Clinic

Sarah Boseley, health editor at The Guardian recently wrote, “The effects will be felt most keenly in the tiny, front line clinics run by small NGOs struggling to help women and children in crowded townships, refugee camps and remote rural villages. There are no abortion doctors in such places (in most African countries, abortion is banned unless the woman’s life is in danger). These clinics instead offer contraceptive injections and condoms for those who struggle to feed their numerous children. But they also treat children for malaria and malnutrition and their mothers for HIV. This integrated care is now under threat.”

Siobhan reflects, “When you take away women’s rights to birth control and family planning, you increase their poverty and decrease their power.”

Access to birth contraceptives is the first step in women’s empowerment and poverty prevention. When that access is threatened or curtailed, it is an assault on women. And it is poor women who suffer the brunt of the attack because they already lack access to resources.

OneMama Clinic - Births on the Rise

Whether they are in the US or in Uganda, the poor are marginalized, and their access to power is limited.


In Melinda Gates’ new book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, she writes, “It took us years to learn that contraceptives are the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”

Unplanned pregnancies create obstacles in the path to economic security for women. Raising children requires an enormous amount of resources, time, and care-giving. A woman’s ability to work and pursue an education are challenged in developing nations where multiple children are the norm and poverty is widespread. Additionally, women are forced to take on the majority of unpaid labor. Women face further restrictions through domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse, which are prevalent in places such as Uganda. Furthermore, women are still unable to own property in rural Uganda. It is not uncommon for women to face beatings by their partner if they get caught taking birth control pills. This is one of the reasons contraceptive shots are so popular among the women. They are able to conceal their use of birth control from their partners preventing physical violence from their partners.

Gates writes, “In my travels, I’ve learned about hundreds of millions of women who want to decide for themselves whether and when to have children but they can’t. They don’t have access to contraceptives. And there are many other rights and privileges that women and girls are denied.”

From ending domestic violence to ensuring the education of girls to economic empowerment, access to birth control is the single factor that makes all of that possible.


Siobahn Neilland explains, “We see that when women lack access to birth control, it directly affects OneMama’s economic and sustainability programs. Women drop out of our programs due to the onslaught of obstacles created through unplanned pregnancies.”

Contraception is the grounds for economic empowerment. Access to birth control allows women to postpone childbearing and to take up previously unattainable education and career options. In a largely Agrarian society such as Kirindi, the ability to space out pregnancies allows women’s bodies to recover before returning to the grueling work of farming. Otherwise, they go from pregnancy to pregnancy while working in the field with no time to recover physically or financially.

OneMama’s mission, in part, is to provide access to contraception for the local women the OneMama health center serves. Women’s economic progress benefits society as a whole.

Contraception has arguably been the most liberating technology for women. It is the key to self-determination for women. It empowers them economically to be able to take control of their destiny as men have always been able to do and take for granted.


In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Kathryn Kaufman, the Managing Director for Global Women’s Issues at OPIC, wrote: “Full sexual and reproductive health rights are a key factor in achieving women’s empowerment. We know that when we can choose whether to have children and how many children to have, their lives are improved. They are more likely to participate in the labor force and more likely to stay in school longer. They increase their earning potential… My own experiences and the overwhelming research data on the topic have convinced me that women must have full sexual and reproductive health rights to have full control over their lives.”

Stigma to Contraceptives Uganda Africa

There is also cultural resistance to condoms, they carry a stigma. For many Ugandan women, there is a negative stigma associated with condoms because of their role in HIV prevention. Using a condom is considered to suggest that your spouse is unfaithful. The contraceptive shot is practical, convenient, and doesn’t have a negative stigma. It is the preferred method of birth control among many women in developing nations. Yet, access to the shot in recent years has been restricted. And we are starting to see birth rates rise again due to this restriction.

According to the Center for Global Development, “Development is about more than improved living standards or a better quality of life. It is being empowered to make choices about one’s own life.”

Self-determination for women begins with reproductive rights, and the struggle to achieve gender equality is global.The solution begins with access to contraception. 


Gates writes, “How can we create a moment of lift in human hearts so that we all want to lift women up? Because sometimes all that is needed to lift women up is to stop pulling them down…When we lift up women, we lift up humanity.”


We here at the OneMama Health and Community Center feel that if we can empower every woman and her family in her maternal health choices, it changes the life of each baby born and also changes the mothers’ ability to be a working economic sustainable community member. This changes the emotional, physical and economic dynamics of what each child is born into, as well as the family as a whole. Thus impacting a community to become thriving as a whole over time. Creating a holistic approach of looking at the family and community seems to always start with the girls/women who will become the mothers of that community. The next thing is to give them the tools they need. The number one tool is birth control. 

Donate directly to’s Birth Control Program here:

OneMama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. is excited to announce our pledge towards the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals! an associated organization with United Nations DPI/NGO is committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. We believe in the power of partnership between business, government and civil society to create a more sustainable world. Through our commitments to the goals and organizational targets, we are proudly doing our part for a new standard set by the international community.

On the 25 September 2015, United Nations world leaders laid down 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. is helping to support these goals through its international efforts to create a more sustainable world. OneMama International leads the way with the following Sustainable  Development Goals:

1. No poverty – OneMama is committed to supporting the communities where we operate. Our critical Economic Sustainability initiative is with  programs in agriculture and crafts funding the clinic and the community.

2. Zero hunger – OneMama Clinic is teaching its communities ways to prevent malnutrition and training for agriculture best practices.

3. Good health and well-being – Onemama Clinic is ever expanding our resources to include more disease prevention and health programs.

4. Quality education – OneMama teaches health education and economic empowerment programs to the community, providing resources to pay for higher quality education. Through our education  programs and partnerships we  support skills development and learning needs of young and elderly community members each year.

5. Gender equality – OneMama educates and reinforces gender equality in our programs and health services – especially in domestic violence education prevention programs. We aspire to have a 40%  minimum of women managers and leaders.

6. Clean water and sanitation – We protect the future sustainability of our local water sources and partner with source vulnerability assessments to assess water quality and water scarcity risks in line with international health standards. OneMama tests patients to see if they have water contamination and report to the Ministry of Health those contamination sources.

7. Affordable and clean energy – OneMama Clinic runs solely on hybrid power ( solar and electric) and uses additional environmental saving tactics.

8. Decent work and economic growth – OneMama vocational education programs are slowly moving families into new ways of maintaining their economic growth. We have also developed our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding programs to ensure that our communities respect human and workplace rights across our OneMama values.

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure – At OneMama we teach innovation and entrepreneurial thought so that community members can learn how to create income where we previously thought  there was no market. OneMama’s local economic contribution includes the job skills we teach and the investments we make for their future.

10. Reduced inequalities – OneMama educates and reinforces equality in our programs and health services esp in our domestic violence education prevention programs. We aim to support the skills development and learning needs of primarily women and children each year with our multiple education programs and partnership programs.

11. Sustainable cities and communities – OneMama is  committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. OneMama has begun the process of working with surrounding communities around our service area to build partnerships and help sustain our education and maternal health programs. OneMama has helped in paving the roads and infrastructure of the surrounding areas.

12. Responsible consumption and production – At OneMama We support the circular economy and aim to use recycled materials to create our crafts and OneMama fashions. We also have donation pick up programs that  re-purpose recycled products to utilize for our operations and assist with environmental concerns.

13. Climate action – OneMama We will substantially reduce the carbon footprint of our health, waste operations and refrigeration equipment.

 14. Life below water – We aim to protect the future sustainability of the water sources we use and aim to replenish the water we use in areas of water stress. We are investing in community-based water partnerships.

15. Life on land – The long-term availability of our rural agricultural programs is crucial to our NGO survival as a way of life and a funding vehicle for OneMama.

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions – Onemama operates responsibly and sustainability. We are on a journey to create a sustainable business for the future. NGO responsibility and sustainability is at the heart of everything that we do.

 17. Partnerships for the goals – We collaborate with thought leaders, NGOs, Fortune 1000 companies, Entrepreneurs and members of our local communities to grow a game-changing organization and lead change for a more sustainable tomorrow.


Women's Equality DayEvery National Women's Equality Day, OneMama honors the history that lead to the creation of the 19th Amendment and set the groundwork for women's liberation and the ongoing fight for equality!

The Women's Suffrage Movement

August 26 marks the anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote. This long and courageous political movement was carried out by tens of thousands of women and men working to form a more perfect union.

Yet the significance of the woman suffrage campaign – and its enormous political and social impact – have been largely ignored in the telling of American history. It is a story that needs to be told. It is the story of women creating one of the most innovative and successful nonviolent civil rights efforts the world has ever seen. It is all the more remarkable when one considers the barriers suffragists had to overcome.

With little financial, legal or political power of their own, and facing a well-financed and entrenched opposition, women fought state by state for their rights as citizens.

To win the right to vote, women circulated countless petitions, gave speeches, published newspapers, and traveled the country to win support. They were frequently ridiculed, harassed and sometimes attacked by mobs and police. Some were thrown in jail, and then treated brutally when they protested.

Still they persevered. Finally, on August 26, 1920, their goal was achieved with the 19th Amendment. Women had won the right to vote and hold public office. The women and men of the nation had moved closer to forming a more perfect union. This important democratic idea, born in 1776, is still very much alive. Women’s Equality Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the many benefits of true equality and the role of women in our public life. Women in public service and government have long served us as a nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas, and change people’s attitudes. That’s why we are honoring them this year.

The women we remember today, like so many other outstanding women and champions of equality, offer inspiring stories that give us a better understanding of our own place in history. They remind us that, as Americans, we all have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to overcome life’s obstacles, to give our very best effort, and to join with our fellow citizens to form a more democratic society.

The History of Women’s Equality Day

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

If you too feel inspired by OneMama's movement that we are all OneMama on One Mother Earth, please consider a recurring donation where 100% of your donation go to the women on the grounds at the OneMama community in Uganda and around the world.


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