ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT
We've been involved with organizations that empower women for years, and it's a cause that's very important to us, both personally and professionally. The Ultraviolet Edge gives us the opportunity to take that support to another level, and it's something we take very seriously. Our co-founder Wende personally selects every organization, and we carefully vet each one to make sure that it embodies the mission of The Ultraviolet Edge.
Empowerment Through Art:
At the WGEF Annual Drama Festival, Grace (a WGEF client) performs a monologue challenging her community to step up and fight for equality.Photo Credit: Jen Davidson
The Power of Possibility:
A new group of WGEF clients meet for the first time to begin developing their business plans.
WGEF client Yolanda poses with her daughter and grandson. Yolanda and her daughter Whinny were separated during the war, but they have since been reunited. They now manage a farm together and sell produce at the local market.Photo Credit: Jessica Alderman
Investing in the Future:
This WGEF client has established a viable business using her tailoring skills.
Strength in Sisterhood:
WGEF clients pose for a photo at the market, where all of the women have their own businesses.Photo Credit: Jen Davidson
Marching for Equality:
Women march within their community to take a stand for equality.
Women’s Global Empowerment Fund supports women through economic, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and building communities. By providing women in post-conflict Uganda with microloans and a broad range of leadership development and education programs, WGEF helps them to gain economic stability and independence while rebuilding their lives and communities.
Women’s Global Empowerment Fund was created in 2007 in response to the 25-year brutal insurgency in northern Uganda. In this post-conflict region, women and children have experienced unimaginable violence and chronic poverty. The insurgency left the region unstable, economically stagnant, and vulnerable to security issues.
Northern Uganda is now in full recovery, and there’s hope for lasting peace and reconciliation in the region; what’s needed now is a comprehensive support package, including access to clean water and sanitation, health services and education. This is where Women's Global Empowerment Fund is making an impact on the community and providing an opportunity for sustainable human development. The women in the WGEF program are going to school, feeding their children and creating viable businesses.
After being displaced by the war, and living for years in a camp with her family, Grace became a WGEF client in 2009 and was one of the first peer counselors in the program. Now a student and an elected official in the Gulu District, she's currently running for regional office and intends to run for a seat in the Ugandan Parliament in the next election.
Photo Credit: Jen Davidson
WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER
So far, our partnership with Women's Global Empowerment Fund has:
- Provided microloans and business training for more than 1,500 women in Uganda.
- Enabled more than 600 women to participate in literacy programs.
- Supported leadership development initiatives that ensure women have “a seat at the policy table.”
- Launched and fully funded the Healthy Periods Initiative, which addresses issues of menstrual health.
- Opened Gulu Women's Resource Centre, the only resource of its kind in the entire region.