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Women LEAD is the first and only leadership development organization for young women, led by young women, in Nepal. Since 2011, they’ve provided more than 400 young women with the skills, support and opportunities to become leaders in their schools and communities. Women LEAD would like to share with you the stories of the young Nepali women leaders they work with. They are bright, passionate high school and university students who are beginning their leadership journeys. We will read about the challenges they face as young women in Nepal, including street harassment, media misrepresentation and discrimination.
Save the Children will share stories about their campaign working to end preventable maternal and child deaths and make sure every child receives a quality education. They will share the voices and stories of girls, mothers, frontline health workers and campaigners working to make these goals a reality.
Possible exists to realize the right to health by delivering transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor. They believe that without health, there can be no dignity or opportunity, and strive to bring that same dignity to every aspect of their work. In partnership with the Nepali government, Possible operates Bayalpata Hospital, where 137,000 patients have been served. The Possible team is developing a rural healthcare delivery model, based on durability, by investing in a Nepali workforce and transparency. Possible is the largest employer of women in the region through the Community Health Program, building a network of access, care and knowledge for women.
HEEALS India aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote sustainable development of society. They work with under privileged, marginalized and unaware section of the population in five Indian states. HEEALS acts as a bridge to information and communication, capacity building, and networking. They work extensively in the field of girls’ education, encouraging toilets and menstrual hygiene to reduce dropout rates of girls in schools. They have done campaigns in slums teaching women in the households about water purification, creating awareness about personal hygiene. HEEALS are also creating awareness about vocational skills development through courses for the empowerment of marginalized women.
SEED Community works in South Africa and offers bright, capable girls from financially difficult backgrounds, interest free, higher education loans and work opportunities through the SEED School Mentorship Programme. Girls nor the funding of their education can be seen in isolation, but rather form part of a broader social context. Many girls face social and economic challenges preventing them from entering and/ or completing their higher education. In return for sponsorship of their student and expenses loan, SEED students work as mentors with youth in a formal capacity as part of SEED work-study programme. We also provide mentorship and training opportunities for the SEED loan recipients. As the loan is repaid, the money is reinvested to give another girl the same opportunity. At SEED, our objective is to create a platform for girls to take the future into their own hands and at the same time plant the seeds for somebody elseʼs.
Ripple Effect Images is a team of journalists dedicated to documenting the plight of poor women and girls around the world, and highlighting the programs that are helping to empower them, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Working closely with scientists and NGOs to identify both the needs and the innovative programs that are helping women and girls, Ripple journalists make strategic trips to document these programs. They then donate their photographs, videos, and stories to the Ripple Archive. This Archive is made available, at no cost, to our partner aid organizations and to policymakers who are working to help poor women as they deal with the tremendous challenges caused by climate change. The extraordinary Ripple Effect team includes a MacArthur Genius Fellow, as well as Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Award, and National Humanities Medal winners. Ripple Effect’s mission is to raise awareness and funding to help empower women and girls in emerging nations around the world.
Mujeres Aliadas A.C. advances the lives of poor women and adolescent girls in the Lake Pátzcuaro area of Michoacán, México through the provision of women-centered sexual and reproductive health and educational services based on the model of professional midwifery and the voiced needs and active participation of area women and girls, and through the development of a women’s network that empowers women and adolescent girls to take charge of their own health care and to advocate for their health care rights.
Her Turn is a new way to approaching women’s issues, discrimination, inequality, and security in Nepal. Her Turn is about Girls. Her Turn takes an interactive and girl centered approach to development. It’s about creating strong, healthy and safe girls before they become women at risk. It is about awareness, support, leadership and the communities. It is about reaching girls before they face the many challenges and threats that prevent them from becoming educated, empowered and equal leaders.
WaterAid is an international non-profit organization with a vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water, toilets and hygiene education. Women and girls are especially affected by the lack of access to local clean water sources and private toilet facilities; when women and girls have access to safe water and sanitation, their health, dignity and prosperity are transformed. WaterAid works with people living in the poorest and most marginalized communities in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to tackle the water and sanitation crisis. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15 million people with toilets and sanitation.
Kupona Foundation is committed to improving health care in Tanzania. Focused on the prevention of disability, capacity building and health system strengthening in maternal and newborn healthcare, Kupona strives to ensure that donations, materials, and expertise reach the most people, save the most women and babies, and grant the most opportunities. By connecting individuals and institutions in the U.S. directly with their work on the ground at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), Kupona offers an incredibly rare opportunity to be a part of true change on a system-wide scale.
The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) partners with outstanding individuals and organizations that improve the well-being of communities in Sub Saharan Africa. We pride ourselves on finding grassroots solutions to poverty that might otherwise be overlooked. Our goal is to help high-performing organizations reach their full potential and work together. Our approach is two-fold. We provide: 1) Financial support through flexible funding and 2) Active Partnership through peer networks, strategic connections, and targeted on-site advisement. SFF was founded by Barry Segal in 2008.
United Sisters is a social, girls’ empowerment project at “Fryshuset” – a large youth center and a place for ideas to grow in Sweden. United Sisters conducts coaching and leadership training activities and supports girls who want to become social entrepreneurs. United Sisters vision is that every girl should be able to be the person she wants to be and do the things she wants to do. We aim to give girls tools and opportunities to develop and explore what they want from life, without being limited by diminishing gender roles and opinions. United Sisters focuses on exploring and developing of the girls’ self-esteem, self-compassion and self-knowledge. We have a solution-focused approach in our work. United Sisters also develops methods, materials and trainings within leadership, coaching, group dynamics and self-development which we spread among volunteers and professionals working with young people.
Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved is transforming their communities. Our leadership development curriculum creates the foundation on which young women ages 13-35 build their skills and earn the essential qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions. By selecting from, and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women change-makers we are meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership, as well as the overall need for transformative leadership across the continent.
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor.
Our Vision: To rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.
IJM’s justice professionals work in their communities in 16 field offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.
The Malini Foundation is a non-profit social enterprise advancing the interests of girls and women in Sri Lanka to help them unleash their potential and transform their lives through quality education, empowerment and by bringing their voices to the international community.
As a recently established organization by ex-Deloitte consultant, Valerie Handunge, the Malini Foundation’s blog takes you along a journey to start an innovative model for a children’s home for academically talented and gifted orphaned girls, as well as other grassroots efforts in Sri Lanka.
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots, human rights organization. WAW is dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic. We advocate for women’s rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change. We are the leading organization in Afghanistan and the only organization in New York dedicated to upholding the rights of Afghan women and girls.
Zawadisha is a grassroots non-profit organization arming women with access to capital and the life-saving tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Our mission is to empower, entrust, and expand opportunities for women through micro-loans and training that promote sustainability and resiliency. Our model is building a stronger world, one in which women are self-sufficient, successful, and stand on their own two feet.
CleanBirth.org works to prevent the needless deaths of mothers and babies in Laos, where maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. In the villages where CleanBirth.org works, women often birth alone in the forest. To make birth safer, together with our local Lao partner, we provide clean birth kits and train nurses and village volunteers. Learn more at www.CleanBirth.org.
Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change. The Honor Diaries features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality. The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth. Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.
Edna Adan Hospital Foundation (EAHF) is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. EAHF’s mission is to provide all Somaliland women the opportunity for healthy pregnancies and safe childbirths, to provide all infants with the healthy start they deserve, and to eliminate the practice of FGM.
Education for Equality International (EEI) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to increase girls’ access to secondary education in developing nations. We believe that all women and girls have the right to access quality education and should be able to do so without discrimination against their gender. EEI works in rural villages in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, India. We strongly value collaboration with local organizations, professionals, and schools to foster long-term relationships and understand the needs of communities. Our goal is to financially support girls in their education to address the root causes of the barriers that they face when trying to stay in school. By educating a girl, we are honoring her life
Educate Girls (EG) holistically tackles issues at the root cause of gender inequality in India’s education system, resulting in over 59,000 previously out-of-school girls enrolled since 2007. EG is currently active in some of the worst gender gap districts in India. We work to ensure improved school infrastructure, quality of education and learning outcomes for all girls. Our comprehensive model mobilizes communities to take ownership of their children’s education, not only focusing on enrollment of girls in schools, but also retention and improved learning outcomes. By leveraging the government’s existing investment in schools, EG’s model remains sustainable and community centered. Educate Girls believes that if girls in gender gap districts are educated now, they will have the potential to enter the formal economy, gain employment and lift their families out of poverty.
Promundo works to promote caring, non-violent and equitable masculinities and gender relations internationally. Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1997, Promundo’s independently registered organizations in the United States, Brazil and Portugal, and its representatives in Rwanda and Burundi collaborate to achieve this mission by conducting applied research to build the knowledge base on masculinities and gender equality; developing, evaluating and scaling-up gender transformative interventions and programs; and carrying out national and international advocacy to achieve gender equality and social justice.
The VAD Foundation empowers local people to provide for their communities in South Sudan by investing in secondary education, vocational training, sustainable agriculture, and equal rights for girls. Marial Bai Secondary School (MBSS), the foundation’s first major project, was constructed in 2009 to serve students throughout the country. After two graduating classes and hundreds of students served, MBSS is the highest ranking school nationwide that is free for students to attend.
ICRW’s mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.
Women and Children First stops mothers and babies dying needlessly. We work in some of the world’s poorest communities where one pregnant woman still dies every two minutes from a condition that is preventable or treatable. Our simple model of community-based women’s self help groups improves a mother’s chances of surviving pregnancy and childbirth by up to 54%. Women’s groups are run by trained facilitators who teach local women how to keep themselves and their babies safe and ensure that they are attended by someone who is suitably qualified when they give birth. Women also learn about practices such as contraception, how to minimize HIV mother to baby transmission and the importance of immunizing their babies. It costs just five Euro for one woman to attend a Women and Children First self help group every year.
Educational Empowerment (EE) was created by women for women and girls. EE promotes literacy and education for children, families and communities severely affected by poverty and injustice. By empowering women and girls through education, we position women in Myanmar to obtain their equal rights.
Irise International is a charity and research group that works to support the education and empowerment of women and girls in East Africa. We focus on the issue of menstrual hygiene management because this neglected issue is cross cutting and impacts on girls’ rights to sanitation, health and education. Our goal is a world where no girl is held back by her period.
Femme International is dedicated to promoting women’s health through education, with a special focus on menstrual health and hygiene. Femme partners with community organizations and schools to provide schoolgirls with essential health education, and provides them with Femme Kits – designed to contain everything a girl needs to manager her period in a safe, healthy and sustainable way! Femme wants to change the way the world talks about menstruation, and break down the destructive stigma surrounding a woman’s body. By giving women and girls the tools they need to manage their bodies, we are unleashing a generation of strong, healthy and confident women.
Little Sisters Fund is a scholarship, mentoring, and leadership development program for motivated Nepalese girls living in extreme poverty. We provide long-term scholarships to economically disadvantaged and at-risk girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend or continue school. Through our complementary programs – mentoring, awareness raising, preventative health care, and teacher training – we deliver comprehensive support that ensures girls thrive through the end of school and beyond. By providing girls the safety of being in school and the opportunity to succeed there, we efficiently and effectively combat the perils of child labor, child marriage and child trafficking.
Help Lesotho is an international development organization working in the AIDS-ravaged country of Lesotho (southern Africa). Help Lesotho delivers education, leadership development and psychosocial support programs for 10,000 rural children, girls, youth and grandmothers annually. Our work fosters hope and motivation in those who are most in need by targeting root causes and community priorities. HIV/AIDS are embedded in all our programs with a special focus on girls and women.
Huru International – In Swahili, Huru means freedom. At Huru, we give girls the freedom to stay in school. We began in Kenya, providing thousands of at-risk girls with free kits that include reusable sanitary pads, life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention information, and information and resources essential to sexual and reproductive health. Huru Kits are environmentally friendly and locally produced, creating new jobs in the girls’ communities—a cost-effective, simple solution to a complicated problem.
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women and girls globally by shaping the development and implementation of U.S. policies. We do this by bringing evidence and research to US policy makers; bringing women from sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia to Washington, D.C. to meet directly with US government officials; and working closely with women’s health, development, and human rights organizations. We envision a world where sexual and reproductive health and rights are universally recognized, and where comprehensive, integrated sexual and reproductive health services are accessible and available to all, free from coercion, violence, and discrimination.
Resonate catalyzes the next generation of female leaders, using storytelling to engender confidence and agency. Resonate builds the capacity of impact groups focused on women’s skill building and education and offers a customized Storytelling for Leadership training to complement existing programs. Harnessing the power of storytelling allows women and girls to leverage their knowledge and skills to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
VOICE 4 Girls is an enterprising non-profit based in Hyderabad, India, that enables marginalized adolescent girls to take charge of their futures by imparting critical knowledge, spoken English, and life skills through activity based camps. Founded in 2011, VOICE has reached over 5,000 girls across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Uttarakhand.
Theatre for a Change uses a unique participatory approach to work with the most vulnerable and marginalized people in Ghana and Malawi. We believe our innovative approach is the key to ensuring sustainable, positive change for our participants. We do not tell individuals what they should do, instead we recognize that they are the experts in their won lives. We equip them with the tools they need to make active changes that will enable them to live more healthily and improve their personal, social and economic well-being. As a group, our participants find solidarity and gain a public voice. They are then empowered to tell their stories through interactive theatre which changes attitudes and affects decision-making at local, national, and international levels.
Girl Determined – Ask just about any teenage girl in Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital and she will tell you that she would rather have been born a boy. Since 2010, Girl Determined has reached out to girls aged 12-17 in rural and urban communities across the country with weekly programming that increases girls’ ability to participate in their world. Beginning in 2008, Brooke Zobrist and her Myanmar colleague began gathering girls for informal meetings to understand more deeply their particular needs, and two years later launched the first weekly leadership circles. In a country of 55 million that is just coming out of 50 years of military repression, adolescent girls from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds come together after school to grow their access to education, health knowledge, participation in decision-making and personal development. While struggling with restrictive gender roles, poverty, dangerous labor, violence and early marriage, girls are gaining critical skills and confidence to assert their needs and develop plans to improve girls’ lives. Girl Determined is sparking a movement of girls with leadership skills to advocate for their own rights and a future that does not re-create the risks they now face.
Girl Up Initiative Uganda‘s (GUIU) is a young women led organization working to provide young women and girls with opportunities to succeed and thrive as leaders in their slum communities through a holistic education and economic empowerment program. We envision a world where girls get to reach and tap into their full potential through access to an education, and develop into economically independent, empowered young women who can fully contribute to their families and communities as a whole.
The Gendercide Awareness Project is dedicated to increasing awareness of the problem of gendercide — the elimination of females — and inspiring action through art. Currently 117 million women are “missing” in the world due to sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, needless maternal death, and (for older women) lack of access to food and shelter. We call this “gendercide.” We tackle it with three A’s:
AWARENESS – We use art and media to raise awareness.
ACTION – We offer modest financial support to at-risk women. We commission baby booties from women’s cooperatives overseas, paying fair prices.
ART –That’s what we do with the baby booties. We are creating an art exhibit using 11,700 pairs of handmade baby booties created throughout the world. Each pair represents 10,000 missing women. The art exhibit will lead to a take-action exhibit. There we introduce visitors to reputable nonprofits working to educate girls, economically empower women, and provide women’s healthcare. Educated and empowered women can bring an end to gendercide.
Fistula Foundation believes that no woman should suffer a life of isolation and misery simply for trying to bring a child into the world. That’s why we’re committed to raising awareness and funding for the childbirth injury obstetric fistula. Since adopting a global mission in 2009, we’ve funded more than 14,000 surgeries in 29 countries in Africa and Asia. Learn more about our work at www.fistulafoundation.org.
WASH Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge, a challenge that especially affects women and girls around the world. Our mission is to increase awareness of the global WASH challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We aim to convert that heightened awareness into action by catalyzing stronger partnerships between stakeholders and between development sectors, increasing WASH advocacy efforts in the US, supporting WASH advocacy efforts of civil society networks and leaders in developing countries, and sharing the knowledge and successes of the WASH sector around the world.
Jacaranda Health is a social enterprise founded in 2011 with a mission to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns in Kenya. Through our network of maternity hospitals, we are building a new model for maternal and newborn health care that is low-cost, high-quality, respectful and patient-centered.
Girl Pride Circle is a pro-girl organization driven by the strong belief that beyond lip gloss and heels; GIRLS ROCK! We amplify the voice of the African girl child and advocate for girls’ rights to education (including Comprehensive Sexuality Education), equal opportunities, and healthy lives devoid of violence and discrimination. Through goal-oriented programmes and initiatives, we groom & empower girls who would defy stereotypes, soar beyond boundaries and transform their communities.
Free Women Writers is a collective of writers and students working for gender equality and social justice in Afghanistan. Created by two Afghan activists, Noorjahan Akbar and Batul Muradi, the collective has grown from a short anthology of Afghan women’s writings to a living platform with more than 125 contributors that engages more than fifty thousand Afghans. The Free Women Writers blog, which is largely in Persian language, includes hundreds of articles, poems, narratives and essays that focus on gender equality and the many obstacles women and girls face in Afghanistan. It has reached tens of thousands of Afghans on social media and through local media partners such as a radio station in North Afghanistan and several newspapers. Free Women Writers leads the discourse around women’s rights issues in the country by tackling “taboo” topics such as stigmas surrounding rape, menstruation and much more. In addition website and social media blog, Free Women Writers, which is run entirely by Afghan women themselves, now supports a young woman’s higher education and provides counseling to women seeking professional opportunities in Afghanistan.
Student Driven Solutions (SDS) exists to empower Malawian young women by engaging them in financial literacy and business training, together with mentorship and social justice awareness. SDS aims to “empower students to solve global problems in local ways” and works hand in hand with girls who are in school, have completed school, or dropped out to help them realize their dreams and become financially independent, young change agents who will create a promising future for Malawi!
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