03.02.11 4:01 PM ET
The Solution Is in Your Hands
Here are some places that can help you make a difference in the lives of women and girls, right now.
The Women In The World summit is more than an event: It's a global community of activists who refuse to accept the status quo. The stories of remarkable women we told last year inspired people to get involved, creating countless benefits to women and girls around the world.
This year we’ve doubled down on our commitment to find solutions that change the equation even more, by teaming up with the organizations listed on this page. Each of our Solutions Partners faces unique challenges that require creative and collaborative answers. We all have something to contribute and a responsibility to help, so find out how you can make difference now.
10x10 is a campaign that uses the power of storytelling to create awareness that educating and empowering girls has the power to change the world. 10x10 is producing a feature-length film that will tell the stories of 10 girls from 10 different countries—stories of hope, courage, and transformation. By leveraging the emotional power of these stories, 10x10 will use its entire suite of media to raise money for nonprofit partners' programs that benefit girls, drive volunteerism to those programs, and build a grassroots community that advocates for policies that empower girls, allowing them to be agents of transformation for their families, communities, and entire countries.
THE CHERIE BLAIR FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women helps women entrepreneurs to build businesses by offering access to technology, networks, finance, and business development support. Programs are in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, where there is potential for women in business to become self-sustaining in the longer term. By supporting women entrepreneurs, we not only help the women themselves to improve their quality of life, but also their families, communities and economies who benefit from their success.
DR. HAWA ABDI FOUNDATION
The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that no treatable condition shall ever be an obstacle to health. Through a combination of foundation programs and social activism, we will work to guarantee that quality health care is available to underserved populations in the Somali and around the East Africa. Furthermore, it is our goal to promote health and healing not only by providing quality medical and preventative care, but also by creating treatment environments that foster hope.
Jumo is a social network connecting individuals and organizations who want to change the world. Leveraging connection technologies, Jumo enables people to find, follow, and support those working toward solutions on the ground in their community and in regions across the globe. Jumo is founded and directed by Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
LAKE TANGANYIKA FLOATING HEALTH CLINIC
The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC) is an organization devoted to improving health-care access, health-service delivery, and education of health-care workers, in the Lake Tanganyika basin. In a region where the only reliable transportation takes place by boat, we decided to build a hospital on a ship that travels up and down the coastlines, serving the remote lakeside communities. We are partners to the lakeside communities and advocate for the needs of the lake and her people. This includes environmental stewardship, participation in the formation of local economic development, and encouragement of a grassroots political voice for the people of the region.
A NEW DAY CAMBODIA
A New Day Cambodia is a non-profit organization providing shelter, food and education to Cambodia's garbage dump scavenger children. Founded in 2006 and operating as a Cambodia approved NGO and U.S. approved 501c3, ANDC now fully supports 100 children who were rescued from Phnom Penh's garbage dump. Their ages range from 7 to 22 years old. Our primary focus is education and all the students are enrolled in privately run schools. ANDC operates its own English and computer school and offers extra classes including, music, art, dance and various sports. The goal is to break the poverty cycle by ensuring all the children receive a quality education including a college diploma and career training.
Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children. We use a holistic strategy, taking what we learn from our work with survivors and using it to guide the creation of long-term solutions. We strive for systemic change by advocating for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline 1.888.3737.888, and providing services to help victims of human trafficking.
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights seeks to end the culture of impunity that perpetuates gender-based violence—and make the mistreatment of women and girls a human-rights priority for decision-makers in the U.S. and Western Africa. Based in Washington, D.C., the Rebecca Project raises the voices of survivors of violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse to document human-rights violations and create opportunities for policy reform. Our work transforms survivors into advocates, policymakers into champions, and journalists into watchdogs—so that all women and girls are free from violence and abuse, and mothers can raise their children with dignity.
SOUTH KIVU WOMEN’S MEDIA ASSOCIATION
South Kivu Women's Media Association (AFEM) is a nonprofit organization created in 2003 by Congolese women journalists. Based in Bukavu, one of the worst places on earth to be a journalist, in Eastern DRC where many cases of rape are reported, AFEM works hard at empowering women through media and gives the voice to victims. AFEM trains women to become journalists, organizes rural women in radio clubs and produces radio shows broadcast on 15 local community radio stations. The shows focus on empowering rural women, restoring dignity, and enhancing women's self-confidence. Its ambition: to open a permanent media center and a women radio station in Bukavu.
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Virtue Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase awareness, inspire action, and render assistance through health care, education, and empowerment initiatives. One of Virtue Foundation’s core development principles is to invest in and partner with women leaders across the globe. Successful projects include specialized medical care for acid violence victims in Cambodia to technology-based education initiatives for children post-Katrina. Virtue Foundation has also established a new Institute for Innovation and Philanthropy in Ghana in collaboration with the first female chief justice of the Supreme Court in Ghana, Chief Justice Georgina Wood.
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. For more than 13 years, Vital Voices has invested in women leaders and social entrepreneurs who are working toward greater political participation, economic empowerment and human rights for all. The women who make up the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network of more than 8,000 leaders from 127 countries have gone on to train and mentor 500,000 additional women and girls.
WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
Women for Women International supports women in war-torn regions to transform their lives by providing financial and emotional support, rights awareness and leadership education and job skills training. Through our program, women become confident, independent and productive as they embrace the importance of their roles in rebuilding their families, their communities and, ultimately, their nations. Since our founding in 1993 we have served over 271,000 women, distributed $89 million in direct aid and microcredit, and benefiting 1.46 million family members in eight countries.