December 4, 2013
For the past 16 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called the most dangerous place in the world for women. But there is a vital movement for women's empowerment underway and today we salute the work of Maman Shujaa.
Maman Shujaa means "Hero Women" in Swahili. Founded by Neema Namadamu, who has earned international acclaim for her inspirational leadership, this group of grassroots women often speak out through WorldPulse, a global media and communication network. From their internet cafe and Media Center in Bukavu, Maman Shujaa share their stories of healing and transformation with the world. The Media Center supports an average of 150 women and girls per week with digital and internet literacy training.
As Neema says, "The Maman Shujaa are traveling the globe daily via the internet and we have come to see ourselves as world citizens. Yes, we are proud to be Congolese, but we also esteem our oneness with the entire world."
To attract international support earlier this year, they posted a Petition for Peace online which gained over 100,000 signatures worldwide and earned an appointment with President Obama's National Security Council. Their request, that the U.S. State Department appoint a Special Envoy to DRC and the Great Lakes Region, was met with the appointment of Sen. Russ Feingold.[more...]
December 3, 2013
A global women’s health organization, EngenderHealth works in 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas to train health professionals and partner with communities and governments to support the availability of high-quality family planning health services.
In Tanzania, where many live in rural areas with limited health care information and options, EngenderHealth has embarked on an innovative five-year initiative to increase men’s involvement in preventing the spread of HIV. Called Champion Project, the initiative uses video to address the underlying gender issues and power imbalances in relationships that facilitate the spread of HIV, turning men from bystanders into champions.
The campaign aims to reduce men’s high-risk behaviors, promote fidelity and a reduction in the number of sexual partners, eliminate gender-based violence, and increase men’s participation in health services.