Empowering women and girls in communities to socially and economically pursue their life goals
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With Irise Institute East Africa
Our Core Values
Innovation, partnership collaboration, and leadership development.
Gender equality through advocating for positive change in policy and practice.
Evidence based programming through consistent research.
Driven by Passion.
Integrity, and accountability in all activities and implemented projects.
Equality, Rights and Dignity.
Our operations are national and was established by young women, for young women in response to the often-invisible challenges they face because of period poverty and shame, that ultimately led them to missing out on education, productive economic opportunities and life quality because unmet needs.IIEA focuses on the root cause of period inequality, the negative norms that surround being female that limit the lives of girls and women, perpetuating a cycle of exclusion.
A QUICK WALK THROUGH OUR BROAD GOALS
Increase access to menstrual health information, products and services to school going girls and demystify cultural norms associated with period stigma in East Africa’s Uganda’s communities
Build authentic leadership capacities for in- school girls through the Build back better leadership development program to incubate, groom and mentor for future accountable leaders.
Increase girls’ and young women’s participation to influence and shape the policy agendas around menstrual health and hygiene and engage in evidence- based research for improved menstrual health and hygiene programming. and implementation
Promote economic independence for marginalized young women through improved livelihoods and building a young women’s network.
Irise Institute East Africa's Theory of change
When girls have access to correct MHE & products, they will actively engage in leadership conversations with boldness and confidence without feeling inadequate. This addresses period poverty and have a collective enhanced agency in decision making voice. When young women lead and draw national and global agendas that shape their well -being, issues of gender equality through policy advocacy begin to be addressed and women empowerment takes effect. Thus interventions and programmes are tailored to specific challenges faced by women and girls.
IIEA is currently being implemented in 5 districts directly; Jinja, Kabale, Kumi, Rukiga, and Soroti and through the TPEN partners Kyenjonjo, Kasese, Kabarole, Kampala, Wakiso, Isingiro –Nakivale camp and Mpigi districts.
IIEA uses a combination of tested implementation models and strategies which include; community readiness to change model through community champions, peer led sessions for in-school programs, school and community out reaches, advocacy and social media campaigns and network TPEN engagements
STORIES OF CHANGE
Irise Institute East Africa
Empowering individuals, particularly girls and women, by providing them with knowledge, skills, and resources related to menstrual health.