Dr. Sakena Yacoobi of the Afghan Institute for Learning.

 

Grantee name: Americans for UNFPA (now called Friends of UNFPA)

Mission: UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programs to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.   UNFPA provides women's health care and promotes the rights of women around the world. It is the largest international source of such assistance.

Americans for UNFPA is dedicated to building American support for the work of UNFPA and to restoring the United States' moral and financial contribution to the organization.

Americans for UNFPA is a non-partisan, 501(c) (3) charitable organization funded by private foundations and individual donors.

Location: New York, NY USA

Website: www.americansforunfpa.org

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/americansforunfpa

Channel Grants: In 2010 Channel made a grant to Americans for UNFPA for the purposes of granting an honorarium to Yvette Mulongo, their speaker for a series of events and speeches in Seattle, March 8-9, 2011.  The honorarium is intended to honor the work Mulongo has been undertaking on behalf of women’s rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the Director of Family Planning Services for SANRU (Santé Rurale or Rural Health Program). Through her courageous work, Mulongo “transforms communities by promoting cultural acceptance of women’s and girls rights in a land where gender-based violence is deeply rooted and where women’s bodies have literally become a battleground.” (2010)

In 2009 Channel made a grant to Americans for UNFPA for the purposes of granting an honorarium to Beatrice Chelangat, recipient of the 2010 Board of Advocates Award for the Health and Dignity of Women and their speaker for a series of events and speeches in Seattle,  February 25-26, 2010.  The honorarium is intended to honor the work Chelangat has been undertaking on behalf of women’s rights in Uganda by establishing safe houses for girls, and developing an alternative tradition to female genital cutting. (2009)

Chelangat is the Director General of the REACH (Reproductive, Educative and Community Health) project, a Kapchorwa-based organization working to eradicate female genital cutting (FGC) in Uganda. With her help, adolescent girls from the Sabiny tribe in Kapchorwa have the opportunity to go to school, delay marriage, and ensure their health and dignity.

Working with elders and through peer educators and advocates at all levels, REACH has educated both parents and youth about the dangers of FGC and the need to abandon it. Today, more than 90% of adolescents targeted by REACH have escaped FGC. REACH has also developed alternative rites of passage to replace FGC and lobbied local and national leaders to outlaw FGC.

In December 2009, after years of lobbying work, the Parliament in Uganda passed legislation banning FGC.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, provided funds to help REACH become the self-sustained, successful organization it is today. UNFPA funds similar programs in 17 countries in Africa, and expects to bring about a 40% reduction in FGC by 2012.

In 2008 Channel made a grant to Americans for UNFPA for the purposes of granting an honorarium to Sakena Yacoobi, their speaker for a series of events and speeches in Seattle in February 2009.  The honorarium is intended to honor the work Yacoobi has been undertaking on behalf of women’s rights in Afghanistan with the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL). (2008)

If you would like to listen to a podcast of Dr. Yacoobi speaking as part of the University of Washington Department of Global Health Lecture Series (Feb. 5, 2009), please visit their website where her speech and the Q&A are archived.

In 2007 Channel made a grant to Americans for UNFPA for the purposes of granting an honorarium to Jamilah Ghalib Al-Sharie, their speaker for a series of events and speeches in Seattle in November 2007.   The honorarium is intended to honor the work Al-Sharie has been undertaking on behalf of women's reproductive health in Yemen with the Yemen Family Care Association. (2007)

Photos courtesy of Americans for UNFPA.