2017年11月25日土曜日

Report on a session about ‘Gender Awareness’ conducted in targeted schools in Uganda

Hello, this is Global Bridge Network!


This time, we would like to give a report about the ‘Gender awareness session’ conducted in months April and May 2017. The session was carried out for school students and teachers in the three respective targeted schools.


Why do you think this ‘Gender Awareness’ Session had been conducted!?



The reason is that, the women’s social status is still low in Uganda and less priority is put into girl’s education. The concept of gender inequality is sometimes common among school-teachers which in the long run may cause violence of women’s rights. Many women are also still vulnerable making it difficult for them to indulge in decision-making resulting to no reflection of women’s opinion. People have little knowledge concerning women’s rights, so when they face dangers of violence, they do not know how to handle them



Therefore, in our project, our targets are not only adolescent girls but also school-boys and teachers in order to make them understand the concept of gender equality which we believe might help in raising gender awareness. It has also been realized that, once for example boys understand gender related roles and responsibilities, they stop bullying girls who are in their menstruation periods, therefore implying that schools realized their role to support girl’s education. In addition to that, through sensitization like these sessions, girls have also learnt how to protect themselves and handle issues related to gender violence, which calls for more efforts concerning this issue.




Messages displayed in our project schools showing appreciation of gender balance

Schol girls and boys attending gender awareness training attentively




Effects (benefits) of these sessions.

Participants understood not only gender differences between males and females but also their roles and responsibilities.

Teachers realized their roles and responsibilities in regards to promotion of gender related issues at school.




The report can be reviewed below,




*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.





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2017年10月24日火曜日

The introduction of GBN is printed on the label of LUSH's products♪


Greatd News!

Global Bridge Network's brief introduction is now featured on the label of Lush's product 'Chirity pot' (Hand & Body lotion).










GBN's project 'Improvement of School environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Managment(MHM) to stop Adolescent Girl school Dropouts in Uganda' is supported with the fund 'The LUSH Charity Bank'.






We are so happy that Lush Japan advertises GBN on their project's label so that people could know us.





Those products have been sold since end of September, so you may be able to find them at the LUSH's shops in Japan.

We really appreciate LUSH Japan's great support!



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2017年10月10日火曜日

Monitoring Report on the training “Reusable Sanitary Pad Making & Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)”


Hello, this is from Global Bridge Network(GBN)!

We are glad to inform you of the monitoring report assessing of the targeted people who participated in the training of “Reusable Sanitary pad making & Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)” which was conducted on April 10 -11 2017.

This training is not only about practical approach on how to make a sanitary pad, but also about its awareness on MHM.



Training on reusable sanitary pad making

In this monitoring, participants were assessed on their awareness on their responsibilities towards MHM after the training. It also involved an interview of 3 boys selected as participants from different targeted schools took part in the training which involved notifying them about their responsibilities towards the MHM.

Why do you think boys were involved in this training?

Because….

Some boys generally do not understand girl’s issues of menstruation what girls really go through. And you find in some cases that boys tend to bully girls when they stain their clothes with blood during periods. Therefore, we thought that involvement of boys in this training may also help their awareness raising towards girls’ menstruation dynamics.



Group works on girls MHM


Boy's presentation


Well, its effect….??


Please review the detailed report here, ↓↓↓,
 Monitoring Report on Pad Making &MHM Training 20170424


*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.




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2017年10月9日月曜日

'CHIMERA GAMES EXHIBITION' at Uganda Embassy booth on Oct 14th in Odaiba, Tokyo)


We are so happy that the Uganda Embassy invited GBN as their associate organization to participate in upcoming  exhibition (Chimera Games Exhibition) to exhibit and sell our products at the booth allocated to the Uganda Embassy♪


African crafts from Bereesera and hand-made accessory which Ugandan Lady made will be on sale. 

<CHIMERA GAMES VOL.4>
Place: Odaiba, Tokyo. JAPAN

Date:14th & 15th of Oct. 2017 (GBN participate only 14th)
http://www.chimeragame.com/games_vol4/


In addition, I was thrilled to find the aticle about GBN's last event 'Uganda Night' held at Casaco, Yokohama.


http://www.uganda-embassy.jp/

We gratitudly apprecaite the honor of Uganda embasssy and Madam Edith who is the former Counselor.





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2017年10月1日日曜日

Report on the session ’Parents Sensitization on Gender Menstrual Hygiene Management’


Hello, everyone!

Global Bridge Network is now going to report on activity ‘Parent Session’ for girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management.

We apologize this delay of report on this activity which was conducted on April, 13th 2017.

Session participants: Parents of pupils from primary 1 to 7 at Lwawuna Primary School in Mubende district in Uganda participated in the session with 61 Male: and 39 Female

Why we conducted session for parents!?
This was because, in all projects that deal with pupils; there is need to get consent from parents/guardians and getting their cooperation is important.

Many parents think it is a government and school responsibility to provide sanitary pads and talking menstruation is taboo in their custom. Furthermore, some parents still believe in the myths associated with menstruation myth, such as ‘not eating salt while in their periods, not moving with boys during their menstruation’ etc  …..


Session objective included:

    Informing parents about the ongoing project and requesting them for their
       unconditional support and cooperation.

    Discussing with parents their roles and responsibilities in promotion of MHM
       (Menstrual Hygiene Management) among adolescent girls.

    To find possible strategies towards addressing menstrual challenges adolescent
       girls face both at school and home.


Parents listening attentively on their roles and responsibilities in promoting MHM



Topics discussed:

      Components of menstrual hygiene and its Myth.

      Dangers of poor MHM

      Roles and responsibilities of Parents in the promotion of MHM.

      Advantages of re-usable sanitary pads.

Head Master of school giving testimonies about the challenges adolescent girls
face as a result of parents negligence


Some voices from parents!!!
Male parent:s

"We promise to spare some little money to buy sanitary pads for our adolescent girls."
Female parents: 

"We understood the dangers and risks associated with improper Menstrual Hygiene Management."
"I am going to change and help my daughter manage her menstruation in a healthy way."


The whole report can be reviewed below,

Parents-Sensitization_20170413
 
*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.




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2017年9月26日火曜日

Activity report of ‘Sanyu’



Hello! Greetings from Global Bridge Network(GBN)!

We would like to report our last event, "Sanyu" held on 27th Aug,2017 in Yokohama, Japan.
GBN collaborated with the Jembe (West African drums) group and African dance groups!


The "Jembe" music show by Afro Shonan was very very impressive and the African Dance by "Tingatinga" and "Studio Barjara" was so energetic! 
All guests naturally shook their bodies with Jembe, African drums and dance♪

 







Mr. Futamura, former-JICA volunteer, made a presentation about his activity in Uganda. He had originally created the unique products such as leather crafts with African fabric, which is now produced by Bereesera, local NGO in Uganda, and available to purchase at GBN’s web shop.


Online Shop is here😊




Items from Beressera



GBN explained her activities and introduced Ugandan culture. 






Besides, so many African crafts and accessories were sold. GBN’s staff directly purchased all items from Africa!





This time, we had a great opportunity to have 3 special guests from Ugandan Embassy, who made the atmosphere more AfricaAfrican.








At the end of event, we took a group photo with guests and staffs!



This event, "Sanyu!" was held with supports from a lot of people!



We really appreciate all of them but especially "Studio Barjara", who collaborated with us to hold this event as well as performed the African dance. Not only planned and implemented "Sanyu" together with us, but also "Studio Barjara" donated to GBN’ thorough selling original T-shirts.
 

"Studio Barjara" 'HP is here, 



We really enjoyed this event and looking forward to planning other events and introduce foreign culture again. See you next time!


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2017年8月9日水曜日

Event: Sanyu! (August 27th,2017 @ Kanazawa- Hakkei, Yokohama)


Today, we would like to notice our new event, "Sanyu!". 
This is a first event for us to collaborate with African Dance Group!!
A staff of GBN practices African Style Dance and her teacher got an idea to collaborate with NPO's activity and African Dance.
This is a very valuable event because Jembe(traditional West African drum) group performs their music and plays drums for African Dance!
(Many venue can't accept to perform drums...!)

GBN also report our current project in Uganda.

You can enjoy African dance, drums and GBN's activity!!
We are looking forward to meeting you!


Ms. Machiko Watanabe drew this cute painting for Sanyu!
We will prepare the postcard and T-shirts of this painting!
We are really appreciated for her contribution!!

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"Sanyu" means "Happy" in Ugandan language.

Global Bridge Network(GBN) collaborates with African dance group, "Studio Barjara", "tinga tinga" and African Jembe(African traditional drum) group, "Afro Shonan" in this event to introduce many variety of African culture :) 
We have African dance shows, drum show, introducing GBN's activity, Uganda culture and African craft shop.

The profit of this event is used for supporting GBN’s project.

We are looking forward to meeting you in our event! 


・Date and time: August 27th, 2017 14:00~16:00
・Venue: Bakery house Aoki(Keikyu line, Kanazawahakkei station)
・Program:
 14:00 Open 
 14:30 Start and introducing GBN activities
 14:45 African dance & Jembe(African drum) show
 15:15 introducing Ugandan culture 
 15:30 Free time(communicate between guests)
 16:00 Close
 
・Show charge :1,000 JPY 
・Performer :Studio Barjara、Afro Shonan、tinga tinga、Global Bridge Network
・Contact and Application: info@globalbridgenetwork.org
     *We can accept your application from Facebook page! Facebook page is here.・Organizer: Global Bridge Network
Coordinator: Studio Barjara


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