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June 26, 2005

Live8 and Beyond: How African women are helping themselves ...and changing a continent.

Ramdas_kavita From Kavita Ramdas, President, Global Fund for Women.

On the occasion of Live8, a concert that calls the world’s attention to the desperate conditions facing the continent of Africa, it is important for us to remember that as we wait for the world’s rich governments to take action – the people of the African continent, especially women, are taking their own steps to create change one family at a time.

Bob Geldorf’s efforts are a great contribution and essential to focus attention and G8 action on Africa. But with all the talk about what rich governments must do, its inspiring to remember that African women and men are not just a group of pathetic victims, but individuals and human beings with incredible drive for self-determination and improving their own communities.

It doesn’t take a lot to fire up this creativity – we know, because we have done it. The Global Fund for Women, a grantmaking foundation that supports women’s rights around the world, provides small grants directly to grassroots African women’s organizations that are educating girls, building wells, creating small businesses, and challenging their own governments to be accountable. Much of what will heal Africa and catalyze government resources will look like peer-to-peer action--- individuals who've come togehter under the mantle of organizations such as The Global Fund For Women reaching out to small groups that are determined to bring about change. This is an organic form of economic development whose growth will be more like the internet or the blogosphere than some giant centralized program. We wanted to share how small actions repeated across a continent lead to hope and ultimately to significant change. These stories also show the specifics—how a few dollars for a well relieves young girls from hauling water all day and not only provides clean water, but leads to an educated village. We wanted to provide stories, examples, and education to bloggers and press as global attention turns to Africa during live8.

Click here for a map of Africa linked to specific examples of how women are changing Africa for the better. Or take a look at some of the posts that follow.

Posted by Kavita Ramdas on June 26, 2005 to live8 | Permalink


I found your new blog via the Technorati Live8 site today. I didn't know that the Global Fund for Women had a blog, but I do now!

Thanks for this posting on women's roles in the rebuilding and development of Africa as the Gleneagles G8 Summit approaches, and welcome to the Blogosphere. I'll be back often to see what your're up to and let other bloggers know that the GFW has shown up on the radar right above the horizon.

Good Luck with your new blog.

Posted by: Black River Eagle | Jun 27, 2005 2:29:01 AM

good luck with the new blog.

Posted by: Nicky McIntyre | Jun 27, 2005 3:34:10 PM

Native of Benin in West Africa would need you help of youth and women in this country. The situation il very bad and something have to be done.


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God bless

Posted by: Eugenie Chasme | Dec 11, 2006 11:00:06 PM

how can we get involved in the global fund for women. we are in uganda. a women organisation known internationally which serves women in development thu education.

Posted by: francis makumbi | Jul 7, 2010 12:53:15 AM

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