Meet our local partners: Wellbeing Foundation in Uganda
Hi Farid, can you tell me a little about yourself?
I am Shyaka Lwanyaaga Farid, the Captain Fox (C.E.O and Founder) of The Wellbeing Foundation (TWF), and program Manager, Lead Mentor Uganda, East and Central Africa for Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
What project is Wellbeing Foundation going to manage with My Period Is Awesome?
The first part of the project uses artistic expression as a conversation starter to tackle destructive norms related to lack of MHM and SRHR education. The project involves professional artists, creative leaders and journalists as the agents of change on a society level.
The second target group in this project are right holders in the slum areas of Kisenyi and Kamwokya in Kampala, Uganda. The project focuses on capacity building for Wellbeing Foundation so they can better tackle the situation when human rights are violated. The project includes activities such as: project management, financial and human rights procedures, advocacy work and the establishment of menstruation stations in the two targeted slum areas: a place there on can find privacy during menstruation.
What is Wellbeing Foundation’s overall goal?
We believe human connection can be the tool for change in one’s life by being the bridge for a permanent shift in the mindset. We want to empower young people from marginalized backgrounds from all over Uganda and Africa to rise up and lead the revolution for them to get themselves out of inequality. We believe through a mind-shift we can redistribute wealth and power for a fairer world where every human being no matter background has an equal shot at success and achieving their dreams. When we create a platform for stories that are un-told we eventually unlock the possibilities in these stories.
When one young person from a marginalized community rises up, they gain power and experience to communicate with those who are different from them, offering their knowledge to them and inspiring others like them to raise up and lead the change themselves hence fighting inequality from ground up.
Why it is important to talk about menstruation and social norms surrounding it?
We are talking equality, human dignity, fair worlds and human rights, on top of these a birthright of wellbeing for every human being. Beliefs that often link menstruation to religious and cultural meaning are affecting the perception of young girls and women and the way they are treated. In many cases girls will feel less and unworthy because of a natural occurring and functioning that society has made shameful and stigmatized as gross. This is a big issue when it comes to equality and reminding these girls of self-worth.
Thank you Farid for taking your time to spread the word about Wellbeing and for engaging in these important questions!