"Marginalized girls are vulnerable to poor reproductive health and more likely to become mothers while still children themselves. They have a right to understand and control their own bodies and shape their own lives."
Happy December beautiful people.
December can be the kindest of months. It can also be the cruelest month.
It is my hope that December 2014 will be the former, especially for women. You, dear friend, have the chance to make such a dream a reality.
Feby Empowerment Inc. has launched a new Indiegogo campaign. We are trying to raise enough funds to send 500 Female Empowerment Bracelets to a non-profit organization in Liberia. This organization is called Girls in Charge and is a "grassroots female empowerment activist program that seeks to build the self-esteem and confidence of girls and women in Liberia to be agents of change."
Feby was contacted directly by this organization as they feel that the Female Empowerment Bracelet is an ideal tool for young women in Liberia to learn about the menstrual cycle. Many of these girls are profoundly poor and illiterate and their education in matters concerning the female body, reproduction and sexuality is extremely flawed and limited, with much of it being passed from peer to peer inaccurately. They believe, for example, that taking a contraceptive pill will render them infertile forever.
To compound the problems these women face, Liberia is slowly recovering from the worst Ebola virus outbreak the world has ever seen and as a result is now suffering a hunger crisis. Many of the participants in the Girls in Charge program have indicated they are so poor that they have to choose between contraception and food, with food the obvious victor.
Please check out our Indiegogo campaign and help us empower 500 women with knowledge about their bodies so that they are equipped to make sound decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health.
As you enjoy the hustle and bustle of all this holiday consumerism please take a moment and think about those less fortunate. For as little as $5 you can have a profound and positive impact on a young woman's life and in turn that of her community.
We are so proud and excited to announce that we started an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to enable us to send some Female Empowerment Bracelets to women in Uganda.
This endeavour began when I was contacted last week by Mulumba Moses, the executive director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, (CEHURD). CEHURD is facilitating a health camp in the Buikwe district of Uganda to be held Tuesday 19th August to Friday 22nd of August of this year. The purpose of the camp it to contribute towards health promotion through education and increasing personal health awareness to community members. They aim to discuss a variety of issues pertinent to the general health and well-being of the attendees including: oral heath care; HIV/AIDS testing and counselling; screening of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other non-communicable diseased; family planning services; sexually transmitted infections; and sexual and reproductive health commodities. In this latter matter it was conveyed to me that they specifically reached out as they believe the Female Empowerment Bracelet would be a practical and valuable tool for the female attending the camp.
Uganda is a land-locked country in Africa which is one of the poorest nations on the planet. More than 35% of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day.
We firmly believe that the Female Empowerment Bracelet can have a positive and lasting impact on the well-being and lives of the women who use them. The culture of Uganda is such that factual information regarding the menstrual cycle is limited and rare, and having a product in their hands that can continuously inform them about their cycle so they can make wise decisions in their best interests is immeasurable. Also, the Ugandan culture is under a heavy male dominance, especially on issues relating to women's reproductive health, so providing women with these bracelets can truly empower them.
Please won't you help these women in Uganda and contribute and/or share our Indiegogo campaign?