Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:00 AM
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Joyce Mungherera, former vice president of the World YWCA and Freedom from Hunger laureate, argues that supporting women by focusing on the grassroots can be the best way to advance a community. Mungherera has seen grassroots organizing work firsthand; she served as the executive director of the YWCA in Uganda for 30 years, working from the ground up to improve women's literacy, access to family planning and overall quality of life. Under her direction, what began as a small, grassroots operation is now a 1.5 million member organization, and one of the largest non-governmental operations in Uganda.