Ending global poverty
begins with women's rights
Our Vision: A just world without poverty
Our Mission: To build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on women's rights
Everyone, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can be a catalyst for change.
We take full responsibility for our actions and commit ourselves to the highest standards of integrity. We will also hold others – individuals as well as companies and governments – fully accountable for their actions.
We seek out partnership and embrace inclusive decision making. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
The path towards building a more equal world together
The gap between the rich and poor is widening. And the fact that someone is a man or a woman largely determines who will have power and who will be poor.
This is how we work to end inequality.
Women worldwide are consistently assigned what is considered “women’s work,” are paid less for performing the same work as male counterparts, and carry the additional burden of unpaid care work that is expected in the home. When a woman is paid a fair and living wage, works in safe and decent working conditions, and has the ability to earn a fair and decent livelihood, she then has the power to lift herself, her family and her community out of poverty.
Together we are leveling the playing field so the economic system works for everyone.
Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most rampant threats and human rights violations, whether it’s at the hands of a stranger or a trusted sexual partner. It affects a woman’s physical, mental, emotional and financial health, and is a result of unequal power relations between men and women. Every woman should have the right to say no, regardless of her age, race, social or economic status. For a woman living in poverty, that right is rarely within her reach.
Change can only happen if we work together to end the cycle of violence.
Imagine not having the freedom to decide if and when you marry and have children. Imagine being told that decisions regarding your body were not yours to make. Imagine not having access to contraception or the vital healthcare services you need during pregnancy and childbirth. This is everyday reality for many women living in remote and impoverished communities.
Working together to improve access to health services can save lives.
Poverty exists in the world largely due to “power.” And in many of the spaces where power presents itself-- government, organizational structures, inside homes--women’s voices are most often absent. All around the world, women’s voices are not at the table where decisions are made that affect their everyday lives.
Our work in women's transformative leadership embodies human rights, gender equality, participation, consultation, and respect for dignity, so that women and men decision makers are creating policies and practices that are transformative, lasting and sustainable.
Investing in projects that break power dynamics, will transform entire communities.
In conflict and disasters, people have a wide range of urgent needs including basic necessities like clean water, food and shelter, but also safety from the violence and abuse that can flourish in crises. Risks faced by women, men, girls and boys in emergency situations are very different. We are known for our expertise in meeting different gender needs in a way that promotes equality and saves lives in humanitarian responses.
Responsible humanitarian response is more than delivering aid.