Social entrepreneur Amina Umuhoza Poetess, and Dukataze joins the My Period is Awesome Network
We are happy to announce that the Swedish Institute, approved our applications for a Creative Force seed funding in partnership with local Rwandan organization Dukataze. Thank you Creative Force for believing in our network. Social entrepreneur Amina Umuhoza Poetess is the founder of Dukataze.
Amina, can you tell more about Dukataze?
We are a social enterprise that has an aim to empower young women mentally, socially and economically to fight unintended pregnancies in Rwanda. We provide reproductive health information through the community outreaches that we organize and through the reproductive health stories that are available on our platform to equip young women with the necessary skills that they need regarding reproductive health but also to bridge the gap between the parents who are not open to talk about reproductive health and children who don't feel comfortable to interact with elders on sex education. We do this by turning young women into peer educators of their fellows. Mainly we focus on tackling the root causes of teenage pregnancies and poverty. We encourage young women to start small income-generating projects, and then we sell their products to increase their sales but also as a way of fighting dependency syndrome in young women.
What is the end goal of the partnership?
The project aims to be the start of a movement of #periodproud women and girls and #periodsupportive boys and men in Rwanda. Were the people involved and the people affected by the project understand that period shame and period shaming affect girls and women's equal enjoyment of their human rights. By teaming up with local organizations working with MHM/SRHR and media partners, we will strengthen the network in the region and our collective voice for Menstrual Equity.
How did the partnership come about?
The Swedish partner, Wise Economy, is running a collaborative project funded by the Swedish Institute together with the Uganda organization Wellbeing Foundation. One of the project managers, from the initial pilot project in Uganda, who is Rwandan, moved home to Kigali after her graduation and joined Dukataze as a volunteer. She suggested to the founder of Dukataze, Amina Umuhoza Poetess, that they should partner up with My Period is Awesome and through social media, the potential partner connected.
The founder of the Ugandan partner, Shyaka Lwanyaaga Kubanda, later travelled to Rwanda, after the approval of the collaborative project, to meet with Dukataze and the two instantly hit it off and Dukataze expressed the wish to join the network. During the first workshop week of" My Period is Awesome -Uganda" in June 2019 the Swedish and the Ugandan partner decided that an application for a seed funding of" My Period is Awesome - Rwanda" would further strengthen the partnership in the region.
What do the partners expect that the seed funding will accomplish?
The partners expect that this seed funding will further strengthen the network in the region as Dukataze joins the existing My Period is Awesome network. The seed funding will identify and gather the local network in Rwanda, and we hope that Dukataze will become a contributing partner at the My Period is Awesome platform. The project also aims to identify and gather a network of local journalists and media platforms with interest in the project. The seed funding will culminate in a workshop week with My Period is Awesome Sweden and My Period is Awesome Uganda.