Our Herstory

Womankind Worldwide was the brainchild of Sir Alec Reed of Reed Employment plc. His aim was to set up a charity to support women and girls, which he would finance for three years through Reed Employment and Reed Charity.

“I had been involved with a number of charities and felt that women were doing a lot to support different causes, both as volunteers and donors, but there were no charities specifically enabling them to help other women. This prompted me to set up a charity to work with women worldwide.

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 1989, we launched Womankind Worldwide. Reed Foundation provided funding enabling the organisation to establish itself. Through the dedication of a large number of people, Womankind has come a long way in the last 25 years, and I am really proud to be the founder and a life-long supporter.”  - Sir Alec Reed, Founder

The charity was launched on International Women’s Day in 1989 with Kate Young appointed as Executive Director. The Trustees decided that Womankind Worldwide should concentrate on:

  • Supporting women’s right 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 enable women to become aware of and use their human rights.

Find out more about What we do today.