Umoja Now works to build sustainable peace by uniting men and women to work together to promote gender equality, and to end sexual and gender-based violence. Umoja is a Swahili word meaning “Unity.” Africans stress community and family above the individual, and believe that “I am we.” Umoja Now uses this spirit of togetherness and unity to help build a safe and compassionate world for everyone.
Join Us on November 19 for “Men and Gender Violence” at HCC
Umoja Now will screen the powerful film, “With Impunity: Men and Gender Violence” on November 19 at 6pm at HCC, Frost Building, 309 Conference Room. The film explores the historical and sociological background of gender violence in society, and will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Pascal Akimana, Executive Director of Umoja Now. Refreshments provided.
Umoja Now Will Host Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Umoja Now will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The wine tasting will be held at The Dam Café, 2014 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA. Participants will have a chance to sample unique wines and appetizers, enjoy the fantastic jazz vibes of Eastern Standard Time, view and purchase traditional Burundian crafts, chat with friends, and win raffle prizes. Advanced tickets are $30 and may be purchased here: Purchase Tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $35.
Help Support Our Burundi Office!
We are fundraising to assist in covering costs for our Burundi operations. Please help us reach our goal of $4,000 by August 15, 2013 to cover our administrative costs in Bujumbura for the next 6 months, and help cover costs of training in August! Donate Now!
Buy a Basket and Support Umoja Now!
July 7, 2013. Umoja Now is selling a limited collection of traditional handmade Burundian baskets, and other crafts, to help raise some much needed funds. All proceeds from the sales go directly to support the work of Umoja Now. Please visit our Store for more information on baskets and other products.
Umoja Now Presents: One Billion Fathers Rising
One Billion Fathers Rising is a new global campaign which encourages fathers to rise up and demand an end to violence and abuse, particularly against women and children. The campaign was started by a group of fathers in February, 2013 in South Africa. Umoja Now hosted very successful Fathers Rising events by, for, and about these amazing fathers and mentors in Western Mass and Burundi on Father’s Day. Read more.
Umoja Now Presents: “Engaging Men for Women’s Rights”
In honor of International Women’s Day, Umoja Now is screening the film, “A Way to Justice: Engaging Men for Women’s Rights and Gender Transformation,” followed by a panel discussion, on March 7, 2013 at 7 pm at the Northampton High School, Northampton, MA. Read more.
Umoja Now Trains Educators on Nonviolence at UMASS
December 15, 2012. Educators from Western Mass attended a peacebuilding workshop conducted by Umoja Now today at UMASS, Center for International Education. Educators learned to recognize the root causes of conflict, understand gender socialization, and facilitate nonviolence and peacebuilding in the classroom. For more information on the programs of Umoja Now, or to host a peacebuilding workshop in your community or school, please contact us.
Tugende! A Social Hour and Presentation
Umoja Now would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that came out to the Bing Arts Center on December 12 for Tugende!, and making it a successful event. We appreciate everyone’s ongoing support! Read more.
New Article On Pascal and Umoja Now
December 2, 2012. The fight for gender equality must include men for it to have sustainable success. On this 8th Day of 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women, the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom published an article discussing the role of men in the campaign, highlighting Pascal’s personal story, and his inspired start of Umoja Now. Read more.
Help Umoja Now reach its fundraising goal of $3,000. All monies raised through December 31, 2012 will go to support Umoja Now’s December-January Burundi trip. Click to donate now!
Umoja Now has a limited collection of traditional handmade Burundian baskets available for sale. All proceeds from the sale go to fund the programs of Umoja Now. Please visit our store for more information on baskets and other products.
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