Womankind Worldwide believes that the entire planet can benefit from women contributing to decision-making processes. They want to make that happen through improving women’s education and promoting women’s rights.
Womankind Worldwide is an international charity that achieves its mission by financially supporting local and national organizations with initiatives that combat violence and discrimination against women. The charity focuses specifically on women in the developing world who are at risk of experiencing violence and have been excluded from the very political and democratic process that could benefit greatly from their participation.
The organization currently helps women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Many women’s rights organizations and NGOs exist in these regions and are already working to help women; Womankind Worldwide’s contribution is to increase the capacity of those organizations to fulfill their missions. Beyond just providing financial assistance and helping to raise funds, Womankind Worldwide supports these organizations through training and networking. Examples of the types support they provide include: connecting individuals in the organizations with people who have the power to implement change; connecting organizations with resources and networks that will strengthen their influence; and showcasing the organizations’ successes on the international scene so that they can grow and gain additional support from funders and decision-makers.
In 2010-11 Womankind Worldwide directly supported almost 152,000 women, and over the last 20 years they have reached over 12 million women and their families through their partner organizations. The benefits don’t end with these individuals. As a result of Womankind Worldwide’s support, these women have been able to help family members and friends who are at risk of discrimination and violence. With improved confidence and skills, the women contribute to their communities by becoming leaders and educating other women and men.
This organization is innovative because, although it channels financial resources, it is helping with development and not providing welfare. Its work emphasizes funding projects that enable women to become aware of their human rights.