APROFER BEGINS WITH STUDY OF WOMEN"S PROPERTY RIGHTS
APROFER is working to fight violence against women associated with managing family property through training, exchanging of ideas, debates and encouraging further mobilization amongst couples, widows, children, other family members and local authorities. APROFER is concerned with the issue that women face in being responsible for almost all cultivating and household tasks, yet have no right to speech or to control family wealth.
After receiving their first batch of funding from Global Grassroots in August, they worked to create a survey to assess knowledge of women’s rights among community members. The survey results will influence the curriculum of their training program for their first group of 70 widows, couples, and adolescents. After conducting their training program, the venture will identify community focal points to serve as advocates for women locally. These individuals will then train others in their community, spreading knowledge in a true grassroots fashion. The trainings are slated to begin in a few months, with plans for community dialogues shortly thereafter. We look forward to updating you on their progress in the coming weeks.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS YEAR-END UPDATE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011
2010 has been a turning point for Global Grassroots. We have endured hardship with the economic downturn, but are emerging leaner, more creative and more strategic. We’ve evaluated our social impact, repositioned our training program as the Academy for Conscious Change and integrated new mind-body practices for trauma healing. We’ve brought these holistic practices to earthquake survivors in Haiti and, by request, to American relief workers serving in disaster zones. We’ve doubled the number of civil society organizations our Academy has helped launch in Rwanda, and are investing in technology and partnerships to expand our reach. Today, our 300 Rwandan change agents have established 16 non-profit organizations, which are working at the root level of a social issue facing women and girls, benefiting an estimated 10,000+ people each year.
As we move forward into 2011, we have over 100 women’s groups in 40 countries requesting our programs. In response, we are expanding our hands-on approach into Northern Uganda next and embarking upon a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change to reach women worldwide through local internet cafes. We are developing new courses, based on our core curriculum, for a range of new audiences, including students, donors and practitioners. And we are preparing to package and license our program model for partner organizations to implement in regions we have yet to explore.
Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to join with us and our change agents in a three-part-partnership to actualize the possibilities in front of us. We invite you to read more about our progress in our 2010 Year-End Magazine (available for download on our home page: www.globalgrassroots.org) and consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports conscious social change for women in post-conflict societies. Our Academy for Conscious Change is a 12-18 month social venture incubator, offering non-profit management skills, leadership training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support that enables vulnerable women change agents to launch their own grassroots solutions benefiting women and girls. JOIN US.