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Volunteering in Uganda with Girl Up Uganda

Hi, I'm Janice, the Business and Marketing Advisor to GUIU. Three days after I emailed Kim, the Deputy Director of GUIU and came on board as a volunteer last July, I started researching flights to Kampala. I'm the type of person who likes to get her hands dirty and hear stories first hand. To not just donate my skills and time from home, but to get on a plane and have the experience of volunteering in Uganda as well. The purpose of my visit to Girl Up Initiative Uganda was to experience the organization’s Adolescent Girls Training Program, get to know the girls, and learn more about the business operations side of Mazuri Designs. Living in Chicago, I feel very far removed from the day-to-day

In Her Words - Feedback on GUIU's Girls Leadership Training

This is the third in a three part series focusing on economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and leadership learnings shared by our Girl Up Club members. When asked what new knowledge they had acquired from their year-long participation in Girl Up Initiative Uganda‘s program, the responses focused mostly on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) , economic empowerment, and leadership skills - the last of which is the focus of this blog post. Generally, it is common for women and girls in Ugandan society to be hesitant to offer their opinions, lack the ability to project confidence, and speak timidly in a mixed group of people. In Western society children (irrespective

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