The Women in the World Foundation announced last night an expanded partnership with Vital Voices, the nonprofit organization born out of an initiative launched by former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Madeleine K. Albright.
The Women in the World Foundation was launched in September 2011 with the double mission of showcasing organizations and individuals around the globe working to improve the lives of women and girls, as well as making grants.
Since 2011 it has raised $2.6 million dollars and has made grants of over $1.1 million. In the first few months it made its first grant of $10,000 to the Liberian activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. Other recipients included non-profits led by women leaders such as Dr Hawa Abdi, Kakenya Ntaiya and Maria da Penha, among others.
The remaining $1.5 million funded the programs of the foundation including Women in the World on Campus, the Women of Impact Awards program, outreach, and building and populating the information portal.
Launched off the success of the first Women in the World summit in 2010, the portal has grown to feature more than 700 non-profit organizations from around the world. The foundation’s website spotlights stories ranging from the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan to a pioneer calling attention to the scourge of acid attacks in Pakistan.
The Women in the World Foundation and Vital Voices have a long history of working together to highlight the rights of women worldwide. Many of the visionaries in the Vital Voices network have appeared on the stage at the annual Women in the World summit, including Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi and Gbowee—and Women in the World Foundation founder Tina Brown holds a position on the board of Vital Voices and has been involved with the organization for more than a decade. Last year, the non-profits collaborated on the Malala Fund to support the courageous Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and her quest for all girls’ rights to an education, with Women in the World raising an initial $100,000, as well as an additional pledge of $50,000 by actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, to be administered by Vital Voices. The groups have also partnered on events to spotlight rising female leaders on college campuses.
“We at Vital Voices are delighted to join forces with Tina Brown and the Women in the World Foundation,” said Alyse Nelson, Vital Voices’ global partnership president. “I know firsthand how committed Tina is to making the world a better place for women and girls, and through her media platform no one has exposed the power of women’s leadership around the world quite like she has.”
Through the new partnership, Vital Voices will continue to administer the Women of Impact Award program, engage college students through Women in the World on Campus, and innovate with digital ways to provide information on projects that foster the rights of women and girls globally. The foundation will help support women's leadership programs around the world.