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Investing In women farmers, increasing food security for the region!

WGEF has invested in building the capacity of women farmers in Northern Uganda providing them access to financial, technical resources and advisory services to enable them tap into the many available and profitable opportunities in the agricultural value chain. We are proud of the outcomes; we have reached 2,122 women belonging to 98 groups. These women have been equipped with entrepreneurship and business management skills that form a foundation for building sustainable businesses. As a result, incomes of the women have increased by about 80% since the start of the program; savings have increased by 84.5% and women’s groups have been linked to market off-takers, agro-input dealers and financial institutions. The groups have also witnessed an increased positive attitude towards the women’s role in family and business. Local leadership relations have also improved and WGEF’s women farmers have adopted environmentally friendly farming practices.

Majority of women farmer’s supported by WGEF have shifted their attention from subsistence agriculture to agro business ;many now own large farms individually or in a group, creating employment, local and vibrant food economies, expanding markets into neighboring countries, and helping to reduce scarcity and hunger.

My transition in farming has brought hope and determination I used to grow food crops for subsistence mainly to feed my family and sell a few kilograms that would remain and that had kept me and my family in a cycle of poverty we were always lucking in every aspect of our life, when I started growing rice on large scale I became a serious business woman employing 16 people on my 23 acar farm these include men, I received WGEF agro loan and I used it to acquire a rice sorting machine so that I add value and maximize my profit. Now I have the capacity to produce 26,000kgs every season I’m determined to be the biggest supplier of rice in my area with in 3years.

— Akello

WGEF recognizes the crucial role played by women in agriculture in across East Africa. Our investment in empowering women farmers has transformative and sustainable impacts across the different levels of social and economic structures enhancing the lives of women, children and communities.

We believe the path to human dignity and well being runs thru systemic change, and social and economic justice.

21 Women Successfully Elected to Offices Across the Region!

Why We Run, February, 2021

I Knew That Something Needed to Be Done but How to Do It?

“I knew that our community Atyak Town Council, needed someone to speak for them, try and bring the change and influence that the marginalized groups especially women and the girl child are made to bear.”

Women and girls are still below the bar of equality in this Nothern region- Uganda, basically due to some unfair cultural norms that have to be changed as need arises. And this is reality for gender equality as a prior for equitable distribution of resources in our community.

“When I joined the leadership training over 2 years back and I enrolled in the literacy class where I learnt public speaking, and I built rapport which boosted my confidence in front of people. This made me succeed during the campaigns and I won my seat as women representative in Atyak Town Council” Says Apiyo

I will fight for the change women and girls need in the community, when the council sitting starts.

Apiyo
Atyak Town Council Member
WGEF Leadership Development Participant

WGEF’s response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021

On January 6th, a violent insurrection aimed at stopping Joe Biden from becoming the next duly elected president shocked the world. America has a long and vibrant history of a peaceful transition of power, even during times of contention. It is this transition that keeps the American Experiment alive and moving forward. While the U.S. is not exceptional, it is the aspirational nature of our constitution and a majority of our citizenry to continue to create a more perfect and equal union.

WGEF condemns the violent event, the destruction, the death, and the surreal scenes that caused many to usher their children from the room; the chanting and costumes that blurred the line between reality and the impossible; and the utter desecration of America’s preeminent symbol of democracy.

On full display January 6th was the ultimate in white privilege, flaunted in an orchestrated, armed, white insurrection at the Capitol. The disparity with which white and black people are treated in similar (only in size and space) scenarios was in full view.

This disparity in police treatment of the Trump lead mob and BLM protestors—as well as other protestors advocating for civil liberties and equal justice—is blatant. The deep and entrenched racism that continues to plague this country was encouraged and perpetuated from the top down, and as an organization committed to social justice, we strongly condemn, and not politely, what is black and white.

While protesting after the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, BLM activists and others were met with tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets, with many sustaining serious injuries. Compare that to the gentle and polite treatment of the white insurrectionists by some law enforcement officers, and the lack of serious preparation by many. The hypocrisy is mind-blowing.

Our hope is that we take this moment to engage and begin to build the future we want; to hold our government officials accountable and speak truth to power; and finally, to do the hard work of healing and creating a world based on racial, economic, and gender justice.

WGEF works every day to promote social justice. In everything we do, justice and equality are at the heart of our work.

Peace,
Karen and WGEF

Uganda Decides 2021 – Supporting Women’s Participation in Leadership

As the general elections take place on 14th January 2021, 25 women from WGEF’s Leadership Development Initiative are running for office! Participating and creating change at all levels in their communities is key to advancing gender equality.

Why We Run:

“The day my friend Night 32 years old and mother 2 children died while giving birth in a health center being attended to by doctors and nurses who had to stand by and just look by because they facility lacked medical equipment and drugs. Because the only health center did not have blood my friend and neighbor died like many other women do in Uganda on average 16 women die every day while giving birth and the cause of death can be addressed who can do it’s me and women when they join the mainstream leadership that can influence and cause change” …says Jane

Though Uganda’s legal framework on political competition does not discriminate against women, and have policies that encourage women to participate, the social, economic and cultural construct of Uganda’s society unfortunately creates obstacles to women’s participation in politics.

Thru ongoing, relevant and comprehensive leadership development trainings, WGEF has been instrumental at creating a path for all women to engage and participate in policy development and government at all levels. We believe when women lead, families, communities and nations win! Join our leadership revolution!

For more information, to donate or get involved, please contact Karen Sugar, Director microfund@gmail.com

“Their Future as Career Women Is Our Hope”

Aber, 34, is a senior woman teacher at Olwiyo primary school in Nwoya District. Her major role is to mentor and support young girls. Below is her story of courage:

“I will not forget this year 2020 in my life, the effects of the pandemic have robbed the future of many young girls. 8 girls have dropped out of school all of them are pregnant and 3 girls were forced to get married. When we open for candidates’ classes in October 2020. The number had drastically dropped from 42 to 29 girls this is sad and unacceptable we must do all what is possible to keep children at school it is the safest way to securing their future”

We are grateful as a school to be selected to benefit from the The Healthy Period Initiative. The timely response to engage girls and boys, parents, teachers and the community on menstrual health and hygiene. The constant supply of lucky girl sanitary pads to all girls before and during COVID-19 pandemic has resulted into girls not missing classes during their periods, their grades have improved and their self-esteem is boosted.

As a senior woman, all girls are my daughters. I want to see every girl join, stay safe, finish school and become career women in future. My school received 800 packs of sanitary pads from WGEF during COVID-19 lock down, with is support we were able two follow up our students and support them with pads a long side information on how to stay safe and avoid corona virus.

We should not give a chance to the disruptions of COVID-19 to destroy the future of children. Lastly, I thank WGEF for a well thought program that influences positive change in our community. “I take my self to be a lucky senior woman teacher as my lucky girls are because we are part of the Healthy Period Initiative”.

Long live WGEF –
Aber senior woman teacher
Olwiyo primary school