“Womankind’s partners are empowered women capable of making real change”

Maggie Craig | Dec 13, 2015
Maggie
As a university student from the United States, volunteering with an international women’s rights organisation like Womankind Worldwide was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I specialise in studying women and gender issues, so I was especially interested in Womankind’s work and knew it would be a perfect opportunity to learn about the field.
Learning about women’s rights organisations

When I began volunteering at Womankind just three months ago, I hoped to learn some of the skills necessary for working in a women’s rights organisation. In the end, I learned much more than I ever expected.

In addition to learning skills, I learned a lot about how women’s organisations work – the day-to-day tasks, the overall goals, the challenges they face, how resilient they seem to be in an environment that does not always support women’s organisations. I learned about grassroots movements in Asia, Africa, and Latin America through our partners, which helped me better understand cultures I knew very little about before.

The most important thing I learned, however, was that women around the world are doing so much to help themselves. Womankind knows their partners are empowered women capable of making real change. I’ve learned how their partners establish safe houses for survivors of domestic violence, support women in their pursuit of leadership positions, run radio shows for increasing awareness of violence against women, empower girls to get an education, and so much more.

Womankind supports these grassroots organisations so they can reach as many women as possible, which is why I think Womankind’s work is so important and why volunteering here has inspired me to continue working for women’s rights in the future.

During my time at Womankind, I had the amazing opportunity to work on a long-term project collecting information on focus countries and projects with partners. I really liked how this gave me a much deeper understanding of Womankind’s overall work and mission over the years.

I also had the chance to work on a lot of smaller projects, like researching funding opportunities, creating an event flyer, and preparing for partner visits. I’m glad I was able to do a variety of tasks so I could get a better idea of how women’s rights organisations work.

I loved my time as a volunteer, and when I return to the U.S. I know I’ll miss Womankind. It has been truly inspiring to see people committed to improving women’s rights around the world. Thank you for the chance to contribute to that!

Post by Womankind volunteer Maggie Craig

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  1. Shelly | Mar 16, 2016
    Wow!  That is great!  Do you know where there are places to sign up for womankind activities

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