Did you know?
- In Uganda, rape is the leading reported form of abuse against girls.
- 86.9 percent of rape victims in Uganda are between the ages of 9 and 17.
- Each year, millions of girls become mothers before age 18.
- 75 percent of 15 to 24 year olds living with HIV in Africa are female.
What happens to one group of women affects us all.
In today's intricately interconnected global world, it's no longer "us and them." According to the United Nations, educating and empowering women and girls is the key to breaking generational cycles of poverty, disease, abuse and illiteracy around the globe.
When we empower girls with critical life, business and leadership skills, they:
+ Experience better nutrition and improved health;
+ Marry when they want to and become mothers when they're emotionally, physically, and financially ready;
+ Help create stable families and provide the next generation of children with more chances for education and opportunities for a better life;
+ Start businesses that raise economic productivity and help build critical infrastructure such as water systems, roads, hospitals and schools;
+ Shape culture and become respected members of societies that can thrive on their own, without outside aid.
The Girl Power Project, a collaboration between by The Collective Heart and Unstoppable Foundation, is a path to empowerment. This year-long program teaches critical life and business skills to 100 promising adolescent girls in Uganda, aiming to give them a foundation from which they can grow into leaders who can run businesses, rebuild infrastructure, and forever transform their communities, their economies and their culture. Through this program, girls are trained to empower other girls, and the ripple effect has the potential to create 10,000 female leaders in Uganda who are committed to a self-sustaining Africa.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Your financial contribution will make it possible to send internationally-published photographer Margot Duane to Uganda to document the girls participating in the Girl Power Project. The photographs, which will illustrate the girls in their villages, will be used as the basis for a book and other communication tools that will help increase awareness and secure additional funding for this vital project.
Contributed funds will help defray transportation, insurance and production costs.
If you're unable to make a financial contribution, you can help by sharing this campaign with your communities via the links above, and by word of mouth.
Time is of the essence and your support in any capacity is deeply appreciated. Thank you for helping to cultivate young female leaders in Uganda and around the world!
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something...” - Helen Keller
ABOUT MARGOT DUANE
Internationally-published photographer Margot Duane captures people, events and culture around the globe. Her vibrant and honest images feature real people of all stripes, as well as cultural icons of our time (Barack Obama, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Eve Ensler, Uma Thurman, Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem and more). Duane's work has been published worldwide on the pages of TIME, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, and Good Housekeeping, as well as in several books. She is dedicated to supporting humanitarian causes and has worked on projects related to global water issues, marriage equality, elder financial abuse, and at-risk youth. Her work can be viewed at: www.margotduane.com.