Since 1989 Womankind has reached over 12 million women and their families
Womankind Worldwide is an international women’s human rights charity working to help women transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We partner with women’s rights organisations who are challenging discrimination and violence. Womankind delivers the essential support – funding, expertise, contacts and publicity – these women’s organisations need to amplify their voice, increase their impact and bring about greater change. Last year we worked with 42 women’s organisations in 14 countries.
Womankind Worldwide has a vision. It is of a world where women are equal, secure, respected and proud.
We work to:
1) End violence against women
2) Increase women’s participation and voice in society and politics
3) Secure women’s human rights through influencing policy, raising funds and changing attitudes
4) Strengthen Womankind to ensure maximum impact
We are able to pursue these aims through our partners on the ground and in individual women’s lives, thanks to the people and organisations who entrust us with their financial support. Together, we are making a lasting difference.
In Africa, Asia and Latin America, there are groups of women who come together – often at great personal risk – to challenge violence and discrimination. They work within communities to enable the most marginalised women and girls to understand, and have the confidence to claim, their rights and their ability to improve their lives. This work not only takes great courage; it requires resources, too.
Womankind is entirely dedicated to working with these women’s organisations. Our role is to support them with the funding, contacts and expertise they need to build their impact, their networks and their influence. So that more women will get to hear about and understand their rights, and speak out and join with other to create change. And as momentum grows, women’s voices get heard more widely and even bigger changes can result – within communities and throughout society.
By working with these women’s organisations, we ensure solutions are firmly rooted in local communities, conditions, contexts and needs. The long-term partnerships we develop ensure they are sustainable too.
Womankind Worldwide was the brainchild of Sir Alec Reed of Reed Employment plc. His aim was to set up a charity to support women in developing countries, which he would finance for three years through Reed Employment and through Reed Charity. Kate Young was Womankind Worldwide’s first Executive Director when the charity was launched on International Women’s Day in 1989.
The Trustees, whose role it is to guide and oversee the charity, decided that Womankind Worldwide should concentrate on:
- supporting women’s organisations in the belief that, just as a group of women has greater strength than one woman alone, women can best bring about significant change by getting together.
- development rather than welfare, with an emphasis on funding projects that include enabling women to become aware of and use their human rights.
Since Womankind Worldwide started, we have provided funding, training, and networking and learning opportunities to millions of women, girls and their families in Africa, Central and South America, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and the UK.