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Inspiring Interview, IWD 2019

To celebrate IWD 2019, WGEF interviewed Mercy Doreen, is a WGEF member and Women representative Nwoya District. Here are her inspiring words and ideas around being a leader:

What does being a leader mean to you?

To me being a leader meant that one that inspire/ exercise moral and ethical courage as well as setting his or her own rightful examples for the people that she leads them to follow.

Why is it important for women to be in positions of leadership?

When we have women in a leadership positions I greatly believe that there are so many benefits that the nation can achieve. It inspires women to believe in themselves that they too can done beyond what the culture preaches.

We women are soft in the heart (Empathetic) so they can have upper hand in bargaining and solving difficult situation than men issue which in the end can be of great benefits to all the community.

What changes when women have a seat at the table? 

More women are inspired to become leaders, hence fair hearing which balance the level of inequality between men and women.

There will be more peace within the homes/communities/entities and country at large because women bring in different perspectives and managing styles when handling a particular issue with high level of honesty.

 How has WGEF supported your leadership capabilities? 

First of all, it has really build strong self-esteem as initially I was a very shy and reserved lady. The exposure has really made me understand the hard conditions that other fellow ladies go through thus making me more understanding and accepting them just as they are.

I have improved on my listening skills, self-presentation, more flexible to change and build more team spirits. WGEF gave me an opportunity to speak publicly this took away all my fear to express my views while encouragement in doing other work for others.

Interview with Rose Okong

To celebrate IWD 2019, WGEF interviewed Rose Okong, a WGEF member and vice-chairperson and Women Representative. Here are her inspiring words and ideas around being a leader:

What does being a leader mean to you?

For me being in a leadership position, you are expected to look ahead and send voice out of my fellow women and my community means a lot to me. I feel proud that our community has started entrusting leadership to us women, this has shaped me as I aspire to leave by example and make sure that issues affecting my community especially women and children are prioritized.

What changes when women have a seat at the table?           

Women bring  unity because they love peace, and have better bargaining potential and skills when it comes to negotiations. Women are resilient and consistent therefor better decision makers.

How has WGEF supported your leadership capabilities?

WGEF empowered me with skills to unite and mobilise people in my community. Men and children to. I’m able to communicate in the meetings at the sub county where I represent my village because I have got the confidence that which I gained by participating with the different WGEF programs. By participating in WGEF’s Access to Justice program it gave me passion for leadership.

Leading up to International Women’s Day, 2019, check out an interview with WGEF Founder Karen Sugar

Karen Sugar: How This Warrior Is Helping Women Find Their Voices & Choices — read the full article on

The Face of Empowerment

Click here to read our profile in 5280 Magazine! It’s very cool and a good way to share our story and support for women’s empowerment with your community.

Something Big and Beautiful Is Happening!

Imagine attending school or work without toilets or drinking water. Imagine attending a school with a single latrine for all the students, or that the latrine is smelly, with no toilet paper and the door no longer closes. Just imagine attending one of these schools when you have your period.

This is the reality for women and girls in lower income countries and vulnerable populations. Help us change this reality. 

With the launch of HPI Global, WGEF is expanding the Healthy Periods Initiative, creating local manufacturing centers. Our goal is to have five machines in five centers operating in sub-Saharan Africa.

We cannot do this without you! 

Our first expansion center is now open in the Lowengo District in southwestern Uganda. By producing products locally, we create local economies; providing resources and economic opportunities to women and communities through manufacturing and microenterprise.

A local supply chain provides sanitary products to the most vulnerable populations at little to no cost: school girls, refugees, displaced persons, and those who lack access to affordable products. HPI Global ensures women and girls have what they need to manage their menstrual health with dignity, enabling girls to stay in school longer, creating opportunities and empowerment for a more equitable future.

It’s about dignity, PERIOD.

Learn more about HPI Global here.

Healthy Periods Initiative Update (3 photos)