Christine is 14 years old.
Sadly, 70% of mothers in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements think periods are dirty and 66% of girls and women manage periods without toilets. Having your period in a refugee settlement is uncomfortable, unsanitary and unjust, PERIOD! Influenced by differences in sociocultural norms, without education for young girls on how to manage their periods, whether and from whom they can seek reliable information and help.
When a girl faces obstacles in managing her menses in a healthy way, she is at risk for infection, her self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may remain absent from school during her period, or worse still, drop out of school altogether upon reaching puberty. Over time, these negative effects add up, preventing a young girl from achieving her full potential and having a healthy, productive life. It’s about justice.
WGEF is responding to this crisis by supplying Lucky Girls Sanitary Pads to young girls and women in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements. These 2 settlements host 36,000 people of which 72% are young girls, women and children between 9 to 18 years.
WGEF is committed to delivering 17,000 Lucky Girl Sanitary Pads per month, along with critical information on menstrual health; our goal is to continue making monthly supplies to refugees living in resettlement camps.
We hope you are inspired and proud to support WGEF!
Karen and Bukenya
“For my entire life I had no idea that failure in my business was from the challenges I had at family level, with all the issues about home management addressed in the training, with the business skills that I have learnt and my Loan of $75 from WGEF, I’m excited to begin a new journey in my business.” – Anena Nwoya, WGEF Client
Let us share our excitement for enrolling 600 new clients who have successfully completed business skill training and all disbursed with micro loans. A number of these women are small scale farmers. Creating local food production is the surest way of curbing food insecurity and guarantee peace in the region.
We have opened new repayment meeting centers and have trained additional peer counsellors to help support the new members advise and council to enable them succeed in business. All the centers are community-based, giving women a space to make their repayments and access other support from our program with out incurring transport cost.
We are excited to report to you that our first intake for adult literacy started this week. Three new centers have opened with an intake of 600 participants. We have divided them in 2 shifts, each group attending classes for 3 hours a day, 2 days in a week. In total, 5 literacy centers are up and running and we will have the second enrollment in September.
Our Centers are located in the Districts of Gulu, Amulu and Omoro and Nwoya. Each center has 2 adult literacy instructors who are trained by the government of Uganda. We facilitate each instructor on a monthly basis to support learners. At the end all learners will sit for exams and will be assessed, then reports will be submitted by the instructors. Leaners not only learn how to read and write but also important topics such as nutrition, parenting, reproductive health and child health care.
What do beauty products and women’s empowerment have in common?
The ultimate beauty guru, Erin Flaherty, the Health and Beauty Director of Marie Claire magazine will be in Denver to discuss Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and her own trip to Uganda.
Erin is the Beauty and Health Director of Marie Claire magazine, which is the global authority on work, culture, beauty and fashion from a feminist point of view across its 30 international editions. In 2016, Erin traveled to Gulu to report a story on WGEF and its partnership with Urban Decay’s Ultraviolet Edge Fund that appeared in the March issue of Marie Claire. During her visit, she attended the opening of the Gulu Women’s Resource Center, received an overview on numerous programs such as Access to Justice, the Healthy Periods Initiative, and the Literacy Project, in addition to being a guest at Gulu’s annual drama festival, all of which culminated in an inspiring experience she will never forget.
She will also discuss the partnership between Women’s Global and Urban Decay and the work being done to bring women’s issues to the forefront of conversation. Read Erin’s article here.
You can be part of this conversation by joining us at our Annual Spring Luncheon at RedLine Denver. Take the opportunity to meet others who are also interested in changing the lives of women around the world.
WGEF Annual Spring Luncheon
11:30 – 1:00 PM | April 26, 2017 | RedLine Art, Denver
1911 – Over 100 years ago, 1 million women and men from 5 countries took to the streets demanding voting rights for women, equal pay, and the right to hold public office. Fast forward to 2017, women from around the world are marching and organizing calling for equality in jobs, pay, health care & education, challenging policies that create hunger, poverty and violence and raising awareness of climate change and other crisis that negatively impact women around the world.
It is incredible what it taking place globally. Against a backdrop of conflict, misogyny, and attacks on women’s access to reproductive health care in the US, in virtually every country, women are standing strong, and calling for security, economic empowerment, and a voice at the decision making table. In China they are gathering on the Great Wall, in Paris they are taking a boat down La Seine, in Gulu, women are mobilizing for equality, millions of participants are demonstrating their solidarity for women survivors of war and calling for stronger women all around the world.
On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the connection that all women to be empowered around the world, and especially in war-torn countries, ensuring they have a voice calling for human security, social justice and peace. Let this connection create a call for action, hearing voices of women all around the globe, celebrating the collective voice of women!