About Us

Since 1989 Womankind has reached 18 million women and their families

Womankind Worldwide is an international women’s 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 directly supported almost 141,000 women and improved the rights of over 6.5 million women.

We worked in 14 countries – Afghanistan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe – in partnership with 34 women’s organisations.

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Our vision

Our vision is of a fair world where being a woman does not limit choices, opportunities or rights.

Our mission

Womankind works in partnership with women’s organisations to support women in Africa, Asia and Latin America to transform their lives and communities.

We also work collectively to influence the policies and practices of government and non-governmental organisations through sharing our knowledge and experience.

Our aims

  1. An end to violence against women and girls
  2. To increase women’s civil and political participation
  3. Equal access to and control over economic resources

We are able to pursue these aims through our partners and thanks to the people and organisations who entrust us with their financial support. Together, we are making a lasting difference.

Our values

Four core values underpin Womankind’s approach:

People and Partnerships: We value working alongside others to achieve our vision;
Diversity and difference: We value diversity and difference. We respect the right to hold and express different views and believe everyone has a contribution to make;
Transparency and accountability: We challenge assumptions, speak out about injustice and inequality and, as an accountable organisation, we value being challenged ourselves;
Learning and results: We are a learning organisation – we value listening, evidence, and making space for innovation and achieving results.

Our approach

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, women 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 rights 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 rights 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.

Read more about how we work.

Our history

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.

If you have any questions about Womankind and our work, take a look at our FAQs page.