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Frequently asked questions

We hope that these FAQ pages will help you find the information you need as quickly and easily as possible.

If you have any other questions please contact us at  info@womankind.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7549 0360.

About Us

Who is Womankind?

Womankind Worldwide is an international women’s human rights charity working to help women and girls transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We deliver the essential support – funding, expertise, contacts and publicity – that women’s organisations need to amplify their voice, increase their impact and bring about greater change.

What makes Womankind different from other charities?

We are a UK-based charity entirely dedicated to ensuring that women’s organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America get the information, resources and platforms they need to create change with, and improve the lives of, women and girls. We enable women’s organisations to thrive through our tailored support and expertise in women’s human rights. And we bring them together with the individuals and organisations who want to see a fair world for women and girls, and to those who have the power to make it happen.

Does Womankind have staff based overseas?

Our team is based in London and consists of around 25 staff at any one time. We do not have any UK staff based overseas and we do not run Womankind offices in other countries. Instead, our partner women’s organisations implement the projects, and staff from our London office’s Programmes Team provide on-going support via telephone and regular communication. They make regular visits to monitor the work, provide the support partners need, and meet project staff and participants. Not only does this reduce overseas administration costs, it also allows us to empower and support local organisations, which are best placed to know how to support their own communities.

How does Womankind work with other organisations?

Womankind works in co-operation with other charities and international agencies to ensure that our influence is as broad as possible. In the UK we are a central part of several key networks including the Gender and Development Network, the Gender Action for Peace and Security Network, the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group, Bond and People in Aid. In addition, internationally we are members of Women in Development Europe and the Association of Women in Development. We are also an NGO in special consultative status with ECOSOC at the United Nations. All of these alliances allow us to ensure that we are well informed of key trends and issues facing women worldwide and are in the best possible position to amplify the voices of the women we work with to achieve effective change.

How much money does Womankind spend on fundraising and admin?

Like most organisations a proportion of our funds must be allocated to running costs. Currently, for every £1 we spend 3p on governance and invest 18p in fundraising. Such investment is crucial in diversifying our income and giving us the independence and flexibility to fund our most needed projects. For every £1 invested in fundraising we raise £6.

You can find a summarised version of our accounts in our latest Annual Review or email info@womankind.org.uk to ask for our full Trustees Annual Report and Accounts, which gives detailed information on our finances over the last financial year. There is also more information available on our Finances page.

All charities must make their Annual Report and Accounts available to the Charity Commission. You can read ours online.

How do I know that money I donate gets to people it’s meant for?

Currently, 79p of every pound spent goes directly to our programmes, campaigning and policy work. Our projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are supported by a Programme Manager, who is responsible for providing the tailored support our partners need, monitoring the project’s activities, spending and progress. Although they are based in London, they have regular contact with each of our partners, have an excellent understanding of the contexts in which our partners work in, and visit the projects to monitor the work, assess ways of supporting the strengthening of our partners, and evaluate setbacks and achievements. Our partners also provide reports that account for all the funds they have spent, which are part of their organisational audits.

How is Womankind funded?

Womankind’s income is a mixture of private donations and legacies, as well as grants from the Government, grant-giving trusts and organisations like Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. We also receive some donations from community groups and companies. In any given year, around a third of our total income will come from individuals – so we couldn’t do what we do without the support we receive from people like you. See Get involved to find out how you can make a difference. Go to www.charityfacts.org for more information about charity fundraising and how charities operate.

Can Womankind fund my project or charity?

Womankind works with carefully selected partner organisations with a shared focus on our strategic goals. Unfortunately due to limited resources we are unable to accept applications for funding. However, we are always interested in hearing from other women’s organisations, in particular in the countries where we work, so we can put them in contact with our partners and contribute to facilitating links and sharing of learning. See our FAQ on how we select projects.

I’ve noticed Womankind has a new logo. Why have you changed your look?

In 2011, after more than 20 years of using our original logo, Womankind thought long and hard about changing things and decided to invest about £6,000 in designing an updated, modern look. We invested this relatively small but not insignificant amount because we believe it will enable us to better communicate who we are and what we do to make sure women’s voices are heard by a wider audience. Strengthening our profile, and in turn generating more income, means more support for the hundreds of thousands of women we work with.

Can I volunteer for Womankind?

Womankind does not have the resources to place volunteers with our projects overseas. In addition, we work with independent women’s rights organisations and they make their decisions around volunteering. If you are a skilled professional and would like to volunteer overseas for up to two years, visit Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)’s website or contact our partners directly.

From time to time we take on volunteers in our London office. Check the volunteering page of our website for details of current opportunities. In addition you may want to consider joining our network of volunteer speakers who raise awareness and funds for Womankind.

How can I get a job with Womankind?

Check the jobs section of our website regularly – details of new vacancies will be advertised there, and usually also on Charity Job and BOND‘s websites as they arise. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications or CVs when we do not have job vacancies.

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FAQs about our international work

What does Womankind do?

We partner with women’s rights organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are tackling the day to day issues that affect women’s lives and who are creating impact and a lasting difference:

  • We provide expert training and information so their work to secure women’s rights can flourish;
  • We broadcast their demands and successes on the international stage, so they grow their profile and gain additional support from funders and decision-makers;
  • We fundraise on their behalf (in the UK and internationally);
  • We connect them with the resources and networks that will strengthen their influence, voice and independence;
  • We connect them to the people who have the power to implement change;
  • We enable women’s groups around the world to share their information and experiences and help them develop practical solutions to the issues they tackle;
  • We advise other NGOs on their policies and programmes to secure women’s rights, ensuring they hear what women say they need.

How does Womankind choose the organisation’s partners?

Womankind partners are women’s rights organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We carefully select partners who have a shared focus on our strategic goals, share our values, are willing to share and reflect on lessons learned, and have the expertise and capacity to successfully implement projects. We aim to work in a country with three to four key women’s rights organisations, as we feel that in this way we also contribute to supporting a diverse and vibrant women’s movement.

How does Womankind decide which projects to support?

Womankind establishes long term relationships with our partners and aim to work with them over a number of years. We know that change is slow, in particular around women’s rights. We respond to their requests for help carefully assessing the need in their country and an understanding of the local communities, conditions and context.

All the projects we support seek to achieve the three key outcomes for women and girls:

  1. Ending violence against women
  2. Increasing women’s participation and voice in society and politics
  3. Working to make sure women have equal access to and control over their own livelihoods

How many countries does Womankind work in?

In 2013-14 we worked in 13 countries – Afghanistan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe – in partnership with 34 women’s organisations. See Where We Work for more information.

Why does Womankind work in some countries and not in others?

In no state do women enjoy the same rights, access to resources or opportunities as men but Womankind has limited resources and unfortunately cannot meet all needs in all countries. Womankind focuses on improving the lives of the most marginalised women in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where we can make the most difference to their day to day experience of life.

This means we do not always work in the poorest countries, but we do focus on countries with very low levels of empowerment of women and high levels of discrimination – and work with the most marginalised women. For example, we work in Peru where there are very high levels of violence against women, and in Ethiopia where women are routinely excluded from decision making and politics. Also we work in countries such as Bolivia because there is an emerging women’s movement where Womankind can lend support. And in countries such as Nepal which is emerging from conflict, where there are opportunities to ensure women play an equal role in new institutions and that their needs are reflected.

Does Womankind face much corruption in the countries where it supports development work?

Our long term partnerships with women’s organisations, based on shared values, mean that we aren’t forced to rely on untested relationships with contractors. On a practical level, the finances of all our projects are monitored closely, and are subject to regular financial evaluations. In addition to this, our partners are required to obtain an external audit for each project they undertake.

Can you give me some information about Womankind’s work in a specific country?

See Where we work for the countries we work in and information on our projects in each country.

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FAQs about supporting us

Why should I support Womankind?

Through Womankind you can support women to come together to challenge discrimination and violence. We provide tailored support and expertise in women’s human rights to help women’s organisations thrive. We have 25 years of experience supporting effective projects that use the local understanding of women’s organisations. You can be confident that your support will be contributing to work that is genuinely making a difference and enabling women to achieve real change in their lives.

I am interested in supporting Womankind’s work

Thank you! There are many ways you can get involved.

How can I make a donation to Womankind?

Your donations are essential to our work, and whether you would like to make a one-off donation or give regularly, you have several options. You can donate online or by telephone, set up payroll giving so you can donate tax-effectively through your employer, or arrange to remember our work in your Will. For full details see Get involved.

What will you spend my money on?

All our work aims to achieve key outcomes for women and girls the world over:

  1. Ending violence against women
  2. Increasing women’s participation and voice in society and politics
  3. Working to make sure women have equal access to and control over their own livelihoods
  4. Securing women’s human rights through influencing policy, raising funds and changing attitudes

We do this by partnering with women’s groups in the developing world. Through Womankind, you are supporting women to come together to challenge discrimination and violence and achieve real change in their lives.

I already give to Womankind and I’ve moved house

Please email info@womankind.org.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7549 0360 with your name, and your old and new address details. We will then update our records.

I already give to Womankind and would like you to reclaim the tax on my donations through Gift Aid

You can do this by downloading and completing our gift aid form – this will enable us to reclaim the tax on any of your donations made in the last six years and any you make in the future. We reclaim this from the Inland Revenue – at no extra cost to you.

How do I set up a regular gift to Womankind?

If you would like to make a regular gift to Womankind through Direct Debit you can set one up online or download a regular giving form.

I would like to cancel my monthly donation to Womankind

Thank you for your support in the past. You can cancel your donation by emailing info@womankind.org.uk with your name and address. If you would like to discuss your reasons for cancelling with us, please call us on +44 (0)20 7549 0360. Even if you can’t maintain your current level of giving, a smaller amount would still be very much appreciated.

I would like to remember Womankind in my Will

Thank you – leaving a legacy is one of the best ways to support a cause that you care about, and Womankind has benefited greatly from the kindness of supporters who have remembered our work in their Wills. See A gift in your Will to Womankind (PDF) for more details.

I have a query about Womankind’s fundraising

If you have any question about the methods Womankind uses to raise funds please email us at info@womankind.org.uk or call +44(0) 20 7549 0360.

Like most UK charities, Womankind raises funds from individuals in many different ways. These include telephone fundraising, mailings and legacies. The website www.charityfacts.org contains some useful information on how various techniques used in fundraising actually work.

I’m getting appeals from Womankind in the post – are you wasting money?

On average our mailings cost 50p each to produce and send. Appeals generally generate between £4.00 and £5.00 for every £1.00 they cost to send out. In any given year these appeals can be responsible for 15% of our unrestricted income, so they are very important.

I have seen Womankind on an online giving site. Does it cost Womankind anything if I give this way? Is it safe for me to give money online?

Womankind is registered with a number of websites which offer quick and easy ways to sponsor friends, give money, and join with others to fund something together. There is usually a small charge for this service. Womankind carefully considers whether a website offers good value before signing up.

You can find Womankind on the following websites:

When sharing card details online, check the address bar on the page requesting payment details has a URL beginning with “https.” The “s” stands for secure.

If you have any questions or concerns about giving to us through an online giving site, or through our own website please email Lauren Mander, lauren@womankind.org.uk or call 020 7549 0360.

Can I donate money to a specific Womankind project?

General, or unrestricted donations, are very valuable to Womankind. They enable us to use your gifts where the money is needed most – ensuring that all our projects receive enough funding and that no project is over-funded. However, we also have a list of priority projects for which we currently need funds so please contact us if you want to discuss earmarking your donation to one of these projects.

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