When women come together in movements they are a force for change
As Womankind Worldwide celebrates our 30th anniversary, we stand with women’s movements like never before. Find out why women's movements are key to achieving women's rights.
Womankind believes in the power of women to transform their own lives.
For 30 years we have been supporting women’s movements and organisations to strengthen and grow. Through equal partnerships we aim to advance the rights of women globally.
If they take away a woman’s land, they take away her livelihood.
Rural women in Uganda are being violently evicted from their homes, being pushed into extreme poverty and left struggling to feed their families.
But now women are coming together to resist land grabs and reclaim their livelihoods.
When women join together in movements, they are a force for change.
Women’s movements are diverse, determined and thriving, and work together to transform the lives and rights of women. Our approach to working with global women’s movements is unique.
From raising funds to create safe house for street girls in Brazil in 1991 to our ongoing support of the first women’s-only shelters for survivors of violence in Ethiopia, together we our partners have enabled over 13,000 women and girls to seek refuge from violence.
Through support to partners in Nepal, Ghana and Kenya, women’s representation in politics has seen a dramatic increase. From 2012 to 2015, Dalit women’s political party membership in Nepal increased from 299 to 2,112. In Ghana, while just over 4,600 women stood for local committee election in 2010, this number rose to 12,000 in 2015. Meanwhile in Kenya, our support contributed to a 121% increase in the number of women standing for 2013 elections.
To date, Womankind and partners have trained countless women in skills ranging from cooking to carpentry to hairdressing to agriculture, ensuring they have the freedom to live their lives independently and without relying on men for income.
Recognising both FGM and child marriage as forms of gender-based violence, we’ve remained steadfast in our efforts to see their demise. In 2000, we supported one Kenyan partner to provide 90% of FGM practitioners in one region with alternative skills training.
In 2013, we supported partners to lobby for changes in the Zimbabwean constitution resulting in major wins for the country’s women’s movement, while partner efforts saw similar constitutional successes in the Afghan context in 2004. This same determination extends to the UK, where in 2003 our lobbying resulted in the government committing financial resources to communicating with diaspora communities across the country regarding the implications of sending children overseas for FGM.
After years of lobbying, Womankind and partners helped secure the introduction of domestic violence legislation in Albania, Ghana and Zimbabwe, cementing women’s rights to live free from violence in national policy.
Our research has contributed to the base of evidence suggesting that women’s rights organisations (WROs) create real impact, while our advocacy efforts have highlighted the need to ensure they have access to long-term, flexible funding to achieve this impact.
We’ve facilitated international activists to enter spheres of influence, sponsoring the inclusion Ugandan and Zimbabwean partners in the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2018. Meanwhile, our women’s rights advocacy toolkit has been downloaded by seasoned and aspiring feminists across the world to build the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to advocate for the changes they want to see.