International Project Grants
About the Grants
Several one-year International Project Grants ($5,000–$7,000) are awarded to women who completed an AAUW International Fellowship between 2003 and 2012.
These grants support community-based projects that build on the fellows’ academic work and are designed to improve the social advancement and economic empowerment of women and girls in the fellows’ home countries. Applications may be submitted online between August 1 and December 15, 2013. The funding period runs from July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015.
International Project Grantees: 2013–14
Bi Ying Hu
Home Country: China
Project Title: Adapting CONNECT Modules for Chinese Preschool Inclusion Teacher Training
There is a national movement in China toward educational equity for all children, including those with disabilities. However, teachers often lack knowledge about children with disabilities and cannot integrate them in the classroom successfully. Bi Ying Hu’s work will empower mothers and early childhood teachers by helping them advocate for and serve these children effectively.
Before joining the University of Macau in 2012, Hu had three years of higher education experience at Texas Christian University. She also worked as a special education teacher, and her research interests include developing high-quality and inclusive preschool programs, particularly for migrant, orphaned, and disabled children.
Home Country: Canada
Project Title: Daughters of Aataentsic
Although Wendat/Wyandot women customarily held authority over families and land, their stories are often relegated to the backdrop of men’s public initiatives. In a published history of Native American Wendat/Wyandot women, Kathryn Labelle will address questions concerning matricentrism, indigenous feminism, and colonialism. The women she interviews will use the book to address their marginalization by calling attention to these issues.
Since the beginning of her academic career, Labelle has sought ways to empower young women, particularly Wendat women. She researches the history of the Huron/Wendat/Wyandot diaspora with a focus on leadership, women, and North American systems of power. Labelle is an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of History. She has a doctoral degree in history from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in history from the University of Ottawa.
Home Country: Cameroon
Project Title: Increasing Widows’ Education and Access to Legal and Human Rights in Cameroon
In the southwest region of Cameroon, the legal system treats rural women as legal minors because the women do not have sufficient knowledge of the law. Widows are further inhibited by patriarchal norms and values, which bring about social disapproval if individual rights are demanded or if male supremacy is eroded. In addition, a lack of information has prevented them from enjoying their existing rights. Evelyn Mafeni seeks to increase widows’ and women’s access to legal services and empower them to assert their human and legal rights.
Mafeni was a physics lecturer in Cameroon for more than 18 years. She also served on boards and committees to promote the human rights of women and girls, including the International Federation of University Women and the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund. She led a team to lobby the Cameroon Parliament for a national law against female genital mutilation and worked on humanitarian issues in Guinea, Somalia, and South Sudan.
Rose Ann Sudi
Home Country: Kenya
Project Title: New Horizon Women’s Group Project
In the Avivasu village of western Kenya, many families can only access a limited amount of land to farm. This practice results in poor and unbalanced diets, leading to disease as well as the overuse of soil. Additionally, most of these families cannot afford to buy other food. Rose Ann Sudi hopes to address these issues by empowering poor, illiterate, or semi-literate women and girls and providing them with the skills to set up and manage their own greenhouses for income generation and their families’ consumption.
Sudi received a master’s degree in human resource development at Towson University, Maryland. She currently serves as the head of human resource development at the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Arts.
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