Talk is great, but action is better!
If you’re looking for an organization to donate to or volunteer for… I’ve simplified things for you!
Here is a list of worldwide women’s empowerment organizations!
[I’ve volunteered at one of these… think you can spot it?]
Crossroads International: an international development organization that is reducing poverty and increasing women’s rights around the world. Works with local partners on numbers projects in six countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Swaziland and Togo). Based in Canada.
Make Every Woman Count: a young women-led organization committed to actively promoting and advocating for the empowerment and rights of African women and girls and to raise awareness of the African Women’s Decade. Make Every Woman Count focuses on 6 priority areas that are vital to women’s rights and gender equality: Human Rights of Women, Peace & Security, Violence Against Women, Political Participation, Economic Empowerment, HIV/AIDS & Reproductive Health.
Nest of Hope: Based in Cameroon, provides women and children with the resources for them to reach their true potentials. Includes education, health information, access to school, business loans, skill development, sewing machine projects, community development, and more.
AIM Abroad: Projects include education, orphanage care, health care and women’s empowerment. Multiple locations in India and Nepal.
All Woman’s Action Society (AWAM): envisions a just, democratic, and equitable society where all persons, in particular women, are treated with respect and are free from all forms of violence and discrimination. Based in Malaysia, AWAM focuses on securing women’s rights, bringing about gender equality, building capacities for women’s empowerment and social transformation and supporting women in crisis.
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD): 211 members represent organizations and groups of diverse women from 26 countries in the region. APWLD uses capacity development, research, advocacy and activism to claim and strengthen women’s human rights. Their goal is to empower women and their movements in Asia to claim equality, justice, peace and sustainable and inclusive development.
Her Turn: Mission is to empower adolescent girls, boys and women and equip them with skills and knowledge that allow them to create their own safe and healthy futures. Her Turn does this by delivering culturally sensitive services that advance adolescents’ health, safety, confidence, and leadership skills. It’s a series of 4-week long workshops for girls aged 12-16 from rural schools of Nepal.
Indian Social Service Institute: Focus areas are education for children, income generation for women, water & sanitation facilities, community-based rehabilitation for disabled and eldery people, and eco-farming. In the district of Pudukottai in Tamilnadu state, South India.
Sambhali Trust: Focus is the development and empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan, India. Projects include: empowerment centres (education in math, English and Hindi and sewing courses), scholarship programmes, self-help groups, shelter services and a helpline
We Women Foundation: Dedicated to empowering women from marginalized communities by providing professional and educational opportunities through pre-university preparation, scholarships and university support. Based in Myanmar.
Dirty Girls: Is devoted to cleaning up after the Greek refugee crises. They wash and donate blankets, sleeping bags and clothes left behind by the thousands of refugees that arrive by sea in Lesvos. Not only does it provide clean clothes to arriving refugees, but is also provides jobs for local seamstresses and laundries. (One of our Radish Society readers has volunteered here!)
Melissa Network: Melissa is a network for migrant women in Greece, promoting active citizenship. The Network provides language lessons, childcare, and a variety of empowerment, employment and support workshops. (One of our Radish Society readers has volunteered here!)
Girl’s Action Foundation: GAF believes in the power of girls as agents of social change. Across Canada, they lead, develop and implement transformative programs, which build skills and confidence, and inspire action to change the world. They also reach remote, marginalized and urban communities, including those in the North.
CENIT: Mainly working with children and their families in Ecuador through education and a street program. Attempts to specifically address the problems of working girls. Includes women’s empowerment projects which provide specialized training, income and a safe space.
Light and Leadership: Programs include education for youth, teen centre and women’s empowerment. Many projects for women include: artisan project, education workshops, community gardening, and learning English, Spanish and computer literacy. Based in Peru.
Equality Now: Mission is to achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. Areas of focus include Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Trafficking. Offices in Nairobi, New York and London.
Girls Not Brides: A global partnership of more than 700 civil society organizations from over 85 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
Global Fund for Women: Provides grants and advocates globally for women’s human rights. They fund, amplify, connect, and sustain women’s organizations and women’s human rights movements, and create digital advocacy campaigns on critical global issues for women and girls.
Kangu: Through Kangu, you can connect with and support a pregnant woman’s healthcare costs so she and her baby can survive and thrive. You can fund a specific pregnant woman’s access to clean, life-saving healthcare services, which means you can find someone with a similar due date as yourself and help save the lives of pregnant women and newborn babies.
MADRE: Mission is to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. MADRE partners with grassroots women. Together, they meet basic needs for food, clean water, health care and more. When local women provide these vital services to their community, they build new skills and step up as leaders. MADRE also trains grassroots women’s groups to advocate for policies based on rights, locally, nationally and globally. Current programs: Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Colombia, Kenya, Palestine, Syria and Iraq.
Women for Women International: Through this program, the most marginalized women find inspiration and strength to transform their lives. Over the course of a year, women come together in classes of 25 to learn critical skills and access new resources. Four outcomes include: earning and saving money, developing health, influencing the communities and providing support and advocacy.
Womenkind Worldwide: International women’s rights charity working to support women and girls to improve their lives and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. WW partners with women’s rights organizations on the ground, which are working to tackle the issues that affect women’s lives.
If you know any organizations that I should add to the list, let me know by sending me an email.