VGIF provides grants globally to fund locally generated projects
that advance the rights of women and girls.
NEWS AND UPDATES
Conscience International (CI), a nonprofit focused on human rights and development in The Gambia and a 2014 VGIF grantee recipient, has reported great success in their "Lifelong Vocational Skills and Financial Literacy" project. To accommodate the unexpected number and enthusiasm of young female project participants, CI is extending their 6-month long project to hold additional tranining sessions on local tie-dye techniques and tailoring.
“The women are able to express themselves well and make decision in groups. The project brought togetherness among the participants; they are concerned with each other's lives" said Sylvia Nalubega, Program Coordinator of Action for Rural Women's Empowerment - ARUWE. Their 2014 project, ‘Gayaza Women Sustainable Livelihood', provided trainings in pig-rearing and banana farming to nearly 100 women in Gayaza Sub County, Uganda to improve their skills and enhance their household incomes and farm production.
According to the International Center of Research on Women, 142 million girls will be married before the age of 18 in the next 10 years: http://www.icrw.org/child-marriage-facts-and-figures. VGIF supports groups that strive to counter these occurrences, including 2014 grantee recipient, Snekithi Charitable Trust. Through their 'Campaign against child betrothal, teen marriages, motherhood and widowhood', the group has led 10 community-level orientations that raised awareness of the harmful effects of child-marriage, reaching 400 women and girls.