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.
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY:
To address the stubborn issues of poverty and the challenges women and families face in northern Uganda, on October 6, 2016, WGEF opened Gulu Women's Resource Center with the help of The Ultraviolet Edge. GWRC provides a community space for women, giving them access to critical information and empowering them to overcome poverty and marginalization.
LITERACY CHANGES LIVES:
The literacy program is an important part of the WGEF microfinance Credit Plusmodel. "When you give a woman a microcredit loan, the health and well-being of her entire family increases. When you teach a woman to read and write, her whole world opens up." — Karen Sugar
BREAKING THE SILENCE ON MENSTRUAL HEALTH:
To address the challenges women in northern Uganda face in regard to menstrual health, WGEF launched the Healthy Periods Initiative. This program improves health and creates livelihoods, because all women should have the right to affordable and accessible feminine health practices.
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ART:
WGEF created and hosts an annual drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon, to address gender inequality, violence, land rights, food security, HIV/AIDS and other issues facing women in Uganda. By creating original plays, the women highlight their stories using music, drama and dance. This year's theme is "Access to Reproductive Health Care Is My Right!"
WGEF provides women with microfinance loans and business training, enabling them to create and maintain viable businesses. Through sustainable economic activity, women are able to support themselves and their families, consistently educate their children, access better nutrition and participate in their communities, while rebuilding their lives.
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.