In the News:
Breaking News: Judi Aubel, founder of The Grandmother Project has just received the Hero award from Trust Women, a joint venture of
the Thomas Reuters Foundation and the International Herald Tribune. The award,
which she accepted in London, honored her bold thinking and
groundbreakingly innovative work, which the judges deemed impactful and scaleable. See her interview below to learn more about her work.
Interview: Paola interviews Judi Aubel , who launched the Grandmother Project in Senegal.
GROUNDBREAKING “GRANDMOTHER LEADER” RESEARCH
The Grandmother Project has just shared preliminary findings from an unprecedented qualitative research study conducted in 2012 by cultural anthropologist Judi Aubel among rural grandmothers who live in villages near Velingara Senegal.
The research, designed to define the characteristics that distinguish grandmothers leaders, was based on individual interviews with grandmothers who assumed leadership roles in a three-year project that put an end to female genital mutilation in 20 villages.
Initial findings suggest that grandmother leaders:
- *are highly respected by others in their communities
- *have extensive exprience and knowledge of women’s and children’s health
- *are consulted for advice by others
- *have the confidence to speak out
- *are more open to new ideas
- *are discreet (i.e., trusted to keep confidences and secrets)
- *are proactive about the solving problems they observe
- *provide support to others, as well as their families, in times of need
- *have slightly higher economic status so they can afford to devote some time to helping others
News Update: A February 2012 US government report describes its progress curbing FGM in many countries, and cites The Grandmother Project’s work in Senegal.