The following is a statement from Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa, Founder and Executive Director of the ICOD Action Network.
BAREFOOT GRANNIES; GRANNIES LEAD EFFORTS TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND PROMOTE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
In February 2014, our team started a journey to capture extraordinary stories about girls, women and communities whose lives had been broken down after being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Our journey took us to some of East Africa’s most remote communities where health and social services are totally broken. It’s been a journey that has helped bring unique stories about these communities out to the world. It’s been a journey that has inspired us to work harder to end Female Genital Mutilation and build safer communities for girls and women.
We recently launched another unique model called the Barefoot Grannies to create sustainable change in communities where we work through grassroots activism. The Barefoot Grannies is a federation of 8 grassroots organizations comprised of 219 grannies in Northeastern Uganda’s Karamoja region working to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive health and girl-child education. The grannies are leading efforts to change their communities’ perspective about women’s rights and ensure equal rights all women no matter where they live.
Through technical support, resource allocation, mentorship, leadership training, and network building, we are building them into exceptional grassroots leaders capable of moving their communities forward. We have worked with grassroots organizations for the past 5 years and achieved amazing results, we are glad to be working with the Barefoot Grannies to build safer communities for girls and women in Northeastern Uganda
On August 3, 2014, we launched a 30 days campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to support the grannies work. All donations will directly go toward funding Barefoot Grannies projects. Join us in this wonderful cause; please donate to the Barefoot Grannies today through this linkhttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/barefoot-grannies-cultivating-change/x/639146. The campaign has only 14 days left.
Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About ICOD Action Network
We are a Uganda based nonprofit founded in March 2008. ICOD Action Network’s work extends beyond material support and touches upon the need to empower communities so that they can be able to sustain themselves. We believe that local driven interventions and innovations are the foundation of sustainable community transformation. Our core values at ICOD Action Network are deeply rooted in sustainability, human rights, justice, inclusiveness and participation, commitment, accountability and transparency. Resources and responsibilities for decision–making are used in ways that are mutually transparent and answerable to all stakeholders.