Womankind's aims


1. End violence against women

At least one out of every three women around the world has experienced violence in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her.

Violence against women and girls is a global problem. It occurs in every country in the world and across all groups and classes. It takes many forms, from domestic abuse to sexual assault, forced marriage to female genital mutilation.

The scale and severity of the problem can feel overwhelming, but it is possible to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Women's rights organisations like our partners are leading the way.

Find out more about violence against women and girls.

2. Ensure women have a say in the decisions that affect them

Globally, women make up less than a quarter of parliamentary representatives.

Women have a right to an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. But discrimination, violence, poverty and gender stereotypes often prevent women from speaking up or mean they struggle to be heard when they do.

We work with our partners to break down the barriers which prevent women taking part in decisions in their homes, their communities, and their countries. Together we have helped thousands of women to stand for election or vote for the very first time.

Find out more about women’s participation and leadership.

3. Enable women to take control of their own livelihoods

Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 per cent of men’s wages and less than 20 per cent of landholders are women.

Discrimination and stereotypes mean that around the world women often end up in insecure, badly paid jobs, and aren’t promoted to senior positions. In many areas women are traditionally forbidden from owning land or property.

Without financial independence women are less able to escape abusive relationships or influence decisions in their communities. We work with our partners to deliver training for women to earn their own income, to help girls continue their education, and give rural women access to loans and credit.

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