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For women and girls to be free to shape their own destiny

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We are committed to women and girls.

In solidarity with our partners

we adapt global strategies to local realities, trusting in the integrity of community-led solutions.

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africa ⁠— mali, senegal
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When Women Can Farm at Scale, Whole Economies Win

The female farmers who often have little access to funding and training have found a way in, and myAgro is lighting the way.

Across Africa, women face many social and financial barriers. Female farmers in Senegal make up to 70% of the workforce and produce more than 80% of crops, yet they yield 20-30% smaller harvests than male farmers. This is due to lack of access to large, affordable plots of farmland and appropriate technical training to help them maximise their harvests. It’s an equation that sidelines the very people who could herald greater economic opportunity for their regions.

Founded in 2011 by Anushka Ratnayake, myAgro is a social enterprise and nonprofit organisation based in West Africa. Driven by the goal of increasing yields and income for smallholder farmers, the organisation’s mobile layaway model provides farmers access to high-quality seed, fertiliser and training. myAgro also partners with women’s savings groups, increasing reach and access for female farmers.

We have been collaborating with myAgro to build on a strategy that centres women in their programmes across Mali and Senegal. This includes the recruitment of more female leaders into the organisation’s ranks as well as the development of initiatives that give female farmers broader economic opportunity throughout the year.

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asia pacific ⁠— japan
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A New Seat at The Table for Women in Japan

Catalysed by a tsunami, Women’s Eye helps Japanese women ensure they’re accounted for, especially when disaster strikes.

When an earthquake and the resulting tsunami levelled parts of the Japanese coastline in 2011, female perspectives were missing from every aspect of Japan's disaster response, particularly in the rural Tohoku region. The event shed a light not only on the place of women in this part of the island nation, but across Japan.

Founded in 2011, Women's Eye advocates for women, to help them rehabilitate their livelihoods. They continue to lobby for the inclusion of women in decision-making at all levels through leadership development activities, and have created an online social education tool to help women from rural and disaster-affected areas become community leaders. Attending both the W20 and the upcoming W7, the organisation has become an active participant in prominent international forums.

As their only international partner, we have helped Women’s Eye clearly outline a strategy for growth, bolster already-strong relationships, and become a trusted thought partner to local and national government agencies in Japan. Following the pandemic, we aided them in conducting a survey of single Japanese mothers, which informed a successful advocacy campaign resulting in single mothers receiving government assistance.

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europe — greece
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A Soft Landing After a Hard Journey

Melissa is making sure migrant and refugee women feel at home, no matter where they settle.

Greece is on the frontlines of a humanitarian crisis. Each year, refugees fleeing from places as close as Syria and as far-flung as Afghanistan set foot on Grecian soil. 60% of them are women. During their journeys most are subject to gender-based violence, starvation and numerous other traumas. When they arrive, often with children in tow, they find themselves in a foreign land with no financial or social resources to build a new life.

Founded in 2014 with direct involvement from migrant women leaders, Melissa is a network and hub for migrant and refugee women arriving in Greece. With holistic programmes that include literacy and language courses, psycho-social support, access to rights, vocational training, self and community care and trauma management, they help women find a footing in a new home. Key to Melissa’s success is their ability to assess the different needs of refugees and recognise that each person’s journey is unique.

Following Melissa’s lead, we are supporting the organisation’s work in Greece and providing the resources to help scale their programmes to other parts of the continent. The goal is to ensure other countries in the region have a blueprint for receiving, integrating and creating opportunities for female migrants and refugees.

  • 6300

    hours of individual therapy sessions delivered

  • 95%

    women reached that feel their self-confidence about basic life skills has improved

  • 25

    CSOs from the Mediterranean region engaged to create a transnational network

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Stories Move People, Data Can Change Lives

Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) connects data and evidence with advocacy and action on gender equality, to transform the lives of women and girls.

With a third of countries either making no progress on gender equality or moving in the wrong direction, EM2030’s SDG Gender Index shows the world is off track on the SDGs. But the Index also shows that 50% of countries are moving in the right direction and that rapid change on gender equality is possible. Using the Index findings, EM2030 also provides a blueprint for governments to help make that change happen.

Formed in 2016, EM2030 is a global partnership of national, regional and global leaders from feminist networks, civil society, international development and the private sector. EM2030 produces the SDG Gender Index — the only SDG-aligned index that tracks progress on global gender equality. Core to the partnership’s work is the generation of research and analysis that ensures women’s rights organisations and gender equality advocates have actionable data, visualisations and tools, as well as the data skills required to monitor gender equality progress.

Via our collaboration, we have increased their capacity to conduct research, analysis and advocacy, and to provide direct resource for women’s rights organisations and advocates. This has helped to equip EM2030 partners with the data and analysis to hold their governments to account and to challenge discriminatory laws and policies. Throughout this collaboration, we will continue to engage in joint advocacy and communications initiatives led by EM2030.

  • 144

    Countries covered by the SDG Gender Index

  • 1,700

    Advocates reached since 2018, across more than 20 countries, through EM2030 partner-led training workshops.

  • 92%

    EM2030 advocacy workshop participants who reported having learned new skills or information.

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LATIN AMERICA — brazil, colombia, ecuador
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Advocating for the Protection of Domestic Workers

Female domestic workers throughout Latin America are learning and demanding their rights; CARE is their committed advocate.

Across Latin America, 95% of paid domestic workers are women and a majority of them experience violence in the workplace, and breaches of their rights. Many don’t have legal recourse or an awareness of the laws in place to protect them. All of this is in spite of the fact that these women care for homes, children and the elderly — oftentimes our greatest assets.

Founded in 1945, CARE is one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations, setting the global tone for activism and gender equality. CARE is working with partners across Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia to advocate for domestic workers’ dignity and help them better understand and defend their rights.

Since 2019, we have supported CARE in their work towards increased protection and recognition for domestic workers. Our partnership has expanded awareness of basic legal rights through skill building and training in care services, helping to grow labour rights movements across Latin America. Phase II of CARE’s programme extends to 15 countries across the region, advocating for the ratification and implementation of ILO Conventions 189 and 190.

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The U.K. — Not as Safe or Fair for Women as It Should Be

  • £9M

    funds invested in the women and girls sector

  • 600+

    organisations funded

  • 115,000

    women and girls reached across the U.K.

The U.K. — Not as Safe or Fair for Women as It Should Be

Women and girls in the U.K. face deep-rooted challenges affecting their health, safety, and life opportunities, often amplified when they intersect with experiences of race, religion, disability and poverty.

Rosa’s vision is of a society that is safe, fair, and equal for women and girls. Founded in 2008, they are the only funder in the U.K. solely dedicated to investing in organisations that support girls and women across their lives. They achieve this by raising and distributing funds, and using their voice to enable strengthening and change for the organisations and individuals they support.

Rosa manages three main funds: Voices from the Frontline, which provides small grants to support campaigning and influencing work; Stand With Us, which invests in organisations working to address the impact of male violence on women and girls; and Rise, which funds organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls. Rosa also undertakes research to enhance the work of the organisations they fund, and to ensure more funders invest in the U.K.’s women and girls sector.

We also provide Rosa with core funding to strengthen their structure and generate knowledge as their strategic initiatives evolve. This includes a new system that gives leadership complete oversight and reporting capability for the organisation’s finances, allowing them to focus more time and resources on directly supporting their partners and investing in grants for women’s and girls’ organisations.

  • £9M

    funds invested in the women and girls sector

  • 600+

    organisations funded

  • 115,000

    women and girls reached across the U.K.

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The Think Tank That Says It’s More of a ‘She-cession’ than a Recession

The Think Tank That Says It’s More of a ‘She-cession’ than a Recession

In 2020, women in the U.S. flowed out of the labour force at four times the rate of men, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research believes knowledge can stem the tide.

Even though women outnumber men in the U.S. workforce, in economic downturns such as the Covid-19 pandemic, they’re often the first ones to go. Women on average, and particularly women of colour, are paid less than their male counterparts and do a disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work. A lack of representation in government and in corporate America only further highlights the systemic causes of this inequity.

Founded in 1987, The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a think tank committed to generating knowledge that shapes policies to grow women's power and influence, close inequality gaps and improve the economic well-being of families. To that end, IWPR has produced some of the most cited and highly publicised data on these issues, driving notable change at all levels of power.

Through our partnership with IWPR, we have set out to establish the Women’s Policy and Legislative Caucus, aimed at increasing representation and bolstering women’s economic well-being. This recently resulted in the Power+ Summit, an event held in 2022 to ignite discussions about women’s economic, political and social power at all levels across the U.S.

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We offer specialised, strategic support, FREEING RESOURCES to help each partner realise their unique impact.

our approach

We cultivate community relationships, CONNECTING FORCES to build solidarity across critical channels.

our approach

We are led by our partners’ perspectives, AMPLIFYING VOICES to achieve the best solutions.