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week 3

My challenges and barriers of creating change in my community are diverse. The most severe one being Gender imbalance. In my community women are still kept behind the doors. We are denied from speaking in public or expressing any developmental views either political, Religious or economic. so this has limited many of us from expressing our views and also to contribute to the voices of those who are already heard. Even to some of us who come out face threats of isolation and denied opportunities to interact with other women.

The present solutions so far we are on mobilisation campaign to organise ourselves into groups. In these groups we tame women through activities like crafts and as we do it we share our experiences of what it means of being a woman. We encourage each other to bring in a new member each time we meet. we also encourage to share with our spouses including the youths. Infact in this way many women a coming up and the group is expanding.

Therefore, with pulse wire i believe my community will thrive and we shall finally overcome the burden of discrimination. We plan to start posting some our testimonies and share with the rest of the world. Also we call upon our fellow women on pulse wireto advise us on possible opportunities of enjoying our rights.


Jan K Askin's picture

VOF week 3 assignment

Dear Grace,

Discrimination comes in many forms, but it starts with not being heard, as you describe so well in this assignment. Your solution seems practical: start by bringing women together in small groups to support each other in expressing their voices. Small steps can lead to bigger change.

It may improve your description to give more examples, besides through craft groups, of how women can begin to meet regularly.

Your sister in the US

Jan Askin

Grace Nakajje's picture

Good advise

Jan Askin thanks for this grate advise.


missjenn's picture


HI Grace,

Thanks for your sharing your story. I love what you're doing of gathering as a group and encouraging members to invite others. Every great movement starts out with a few and grows.

I'm interested in hearing more about your campaign, especially what kind of things are being discussed during your gatherings. As you've mentioned, since women are discouraged of publicly expressing their religious, economic, political, and social views, I bet there are many interesting topics being discussed during your group meetings.

Any future plans with the craftworks?


EleanorJohnstone's picture

Hello Grace, Your plight is

Hello Grace,

Your plight is truly inspiring. I must admit, as an American young woman with a very outspoken mother and many outspoken aunts, I can't imagine having to live behind closed doors. This makes me all the more in awe of your work to bring women together and let out their voices.

In some ways, your work reminds me of the Tontine system that I discovered in Cameroon. Women in a neighborhood received the permission of their husbands to meet once a week. Each one contributed some small sum of money to a larger pot. Part of the pot was then held up for a lottery, which one women then one and was able to enjoy on her own terms: either she bought herself a new dress, new dishes, or saved it for a time of sickness, or maybe turned it around to sell something and make a profit in the market. The rest of the pot was saved in a treasury, that the women would dip in to for both group pleasure and group need. Essentially, the Tontine was a way of giving these women some social and financial unity, which led to a degree of power, which was a step towards greater independence. I have been reading a lot about microfinance and women's struggles, and I believe that financial power is one of the most universally recognized steps towards group strength and autonomy. I'm not sure if these ideas help you out, but I think that they are significant to the work of women world-wide, and I hope that your group of women succeeds in all imaginable ways!

Keep writing!

~ Eleanor

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