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Org Spotlight: The Light and Leadership Initiative

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The Light and Leadership Initiative

lliThe mission of The Light and Leadership Initiative is to respond to the needs of the women in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty by improving the availability and quality of education offered to women and children.

Lara DeVries, founder of LLI, first went to Peru in 2007. After meeting with locals in Huaycan, Lara returned to the United States, graduated college, and began work on forming Light and Leadership. In 2008, LLI was officially formed and recognized as a US 501(c)3 nonprofit. In May of the following year, LLI began operating programs in Huaycan, Peru.

Through workshops and classes, women are empowered to better care for themselves and their families by improving both their physical and emotional well being, as well as advancing their skills in the workforce. Children are offered similar opportunities and learn the value of education and respect for one’s community. The organization’s core belief is that  the women and children of the Ate-Vitarte district will become positive leaders for change through love, support, and education.

Org Spotlight: KAGIDER

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

KAGIDER Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey


kagiderKAGIDER was founded in Istanbul in September 2002 by 38 successful women entrepreneurs and is a nation-wide, non-profit civil society organization. Today, KAGIDER has over 200 members, all active in various sectors including textiles, communication, public relations, tourism, mining, chemistry and health.

Its mission is to develop and support entrepreneurship among women to strengthen their status economically and socially. Ultimately, KAGIDER’s vision is a world in which women produce and establish their existence freely and play an effective role in decision-making processes.

The organization focuses on:

1. Entrepreneurship and Leadership Activities
2. -Biz. (We) Women Development Center
3. Advocacy Activities for Women Empowerment
4. Activities related to the European Union, KAGIDER Brussels Office
5. Cooperation with the international organizations and NGO’s
6. Cooperation with the national NGO’s
7. Member Relations
8. Communications

Org Spotlight: MoolaHoop

Thursday, August 27th, 2015



MoolaHoop is an organization for female entrepreneurs looking to raise money for their small businesses. In return for funding their business, entrepreneurs offers deals and incentives to their supporters. Projects for funding on the site include saving a New York City theater, launching a new yoga studio in San Diego, and restoring funding to a flooded restaurant after Hurricane Sandy.

MoolaHoop, which launched in July 2013, has already helped nine entrepreneurs reach their $100,000 goal and acquired another small-business crowd-funding site.


Org Spotlight: Na’amat

Friday, August 21st, 2015







Na’amat is an acronym for Nashim Ovdot U’Mitnadvot. “Working and Volunteering Women.” Na’amat is the largest women’s movement in Israel. It has a membership of 800,000 women, representing the entire spectrum of Israeli society.

The organization has 100 branches in cities, towns and settlements all over the country

It also has sister organizations in other countries whose members are part of the World Labour Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization.
In 2008, Na’amat, together with two other women’s organizations, received the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

Org Spotlight: WOUGNET

Monday, August 17th, 2015



WOUGNET, Women of Uganda Network, began in May 2000 by women’s organisations from Uganda. WOUGNET’s mission is to promote and support the use of information and communication technologies by women organisations as well as individuals, so as to improve the conditions of life for Ugandan women, by enhancing their capacities and opportunities for exchange, collaboration and information sharing.

Primarily, WOUGNET focuses on using mobile phones, e-mail and the web, and is interested in the integration of “traditional means” such as radio, video, and print in a way that it enables wider outreach.

Org Spotlight: Object

Thursday, August 6th, 2015



Object is an organization founded in 2003 that challenges ‘sex object culture’ – the sexual objectification of women. It is an award-winning organization that uniquely combines successful political lobbying with grassroots campaigning.

Object is currently working on a campaign called “Lose the Lads Mags” (this organization is based in the UK – hence the lads). They call on high-street retailers to lose the men’s magazines that are sexist, harmful and can breach equality law. On “Feminist Fridays” they carry out guerrilla re-branding missions to magazine outlets with prominent displays of these magazines.


Org Spotlight: DB Peru

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

DB Peru

DBperuIn February 2003, Diana Bowie and Renzo Peña founded the  non-profit charitable organization in the United States, DB PERU, Inc.

From the United States, Diana first came to Peru in January 2001 as a tourist and returned again in May of that year. She was touched by the people in the jungle and after 2 visits, she knew that she wanted to help with their health care needs in some way. One of the guides from a local jungle lodge, Raul Petit, told her that the villages on the Napo River needed health care. In September 2002, Raul and Diana visited 6 villages on the lower Napo River. They held forums in each village to discuss the needs and problems of the people. From the data collected, the goals and actions for improving health care access and conditions became the basis for the mission for DB PERU.

The focus of the organization is on the themes of education and care. DB PERU works to routinely educational seminars are provided for the local health workers (promotores) and midwives (parteras).  With the help of local and foreign professionals, people receive medical and dental treatment during the visits.  Follow-up on patients with previously medical concerns is done on subsequent visits, and occasionally the DB Peruboat acts as a ferry for people from the villages seeking health care in the clinics and hospitals. Medicines and supplies are delivered to the villages, in addition to appropriate items taken to the hospitals in Iquitos and the clinics in the jungle towns. Installation of radio and solar panels has improved communications in the villages, which is now being augmented with higher technology. In 2011 a Women’s project was initiated to include screening for cancer with breast exams and pap smears, as well as assuring availability of birth control and sex education for teenagers.

Org Spotlight: To the Market

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

To the Market

To the Market is an organization that combines the powers of commerce and storytelling to empower the world’s most courageous survivor populations, in the belief that resilience is more powerful than suffering.  To The Market showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” the organization hopes and has the mission of taking an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face.

The model of To the Market is unique and three pronged in structure. One of the first and primary goals of the model is to promote survivor-made goods via multiple distribution channels, including pop-up shops, custom sourcing, retail partnerships, and our online marketplace. Next, offering a platform for survivors and their champions to share their stories with a new, larger audience. Finally, the organization works to provide tailored services to the organizations local partners such as trend forecasting and basic mental health resources to improve production and management.

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Org Spotlight: SMARTgirl Project

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

SMARTgirl Project

Program Review - SMARTgirl, Providing HIVAIDS Prevention and Care for Entertainment Workers, Reporting Period October 2008-June 2010-1The SMARTgirl project in Cambodia, a USAID funded project led by FHI 360. SMARTgirl aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV and improve the sexual and reproductive health of entertainment workers, many of whom are sex workers. There are an estimated 35,000 entertainment workers in Cambodia, working at night clubs, bars, massage parlors, karaoke clubs (KTV), restaurants, beer gardens, as well as on the street. Prevalence of HIV is as high as 14 percent, among some groups of entertainment workers.

SMARTgirl stands apart from other programming among entertainment workers in Cambodia because of its positive, non-stigmatizing approach. It combines evidence-based interventions with the strong SMARTgirl brand, which empowers women to protect their health and well-being. SMARTgirl reaches nearly half of all EWs in Cambodia in their workplace, because it treats them respectfully, recognizes what is important to them and improves health-seeking behavior by raising self-esteem.

SMARTgirl is one of a number of projects that validates what the international community and national leaders have been emphasizing for more than a decade— that empowering women and girls are vital components of human development.

During Secretary Clinton’s recent ASEAN development meeting in Phnom Penh, she was influential in integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into the Lower Mekong Initiative agenda. In a statement, she emphasized the importance of reproductive rights for achieving gender equality; an area that the innovative FHI 360 SMARTgirl program has been integrating into its HIV mitigation program.

Org Spotlight: Prajwala

Thursday, July 9th, 2015


PrajwalaIn 1996, Jose Vetticatil and Dr. Sunitha Krishnan initiated Prajwala, which is an organization in Hyderbad, India that seeks to respond and intervene in the lives of women and children who are subjected to prostitution and human trafficking.

In the wake of globalization and the resultant marginalization and alienation of large sections of humanity, sex trafficking has become a matter of urgent concern today worldwide. In India alone, over 200 thousand women and children are inducted into the flesh trade every year. The state of Andhra Pradesh is one of the largest suppliers of women and children for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Economic hardships coupled with the prevailing status of women in society, and changing public attitudes towards sex and morality creates the context for the flourishing of this modern-day form of slavery.

The red light area of Hyderbad was evacuated in 1996, which caused thousands of women who worked as prostitutes to be displaced. For Vetticatil and Krishnan, it was this issue that started a passion for creating an organization that would assist in education and transition programs for the women. As the journey progressed, Prajwala was faced with the challenge of responding to other related issues such as sex trafficking of children. As the needs expanded so also the evolution of other interventions such as rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and community based prevention.