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Org Spotlight: Girls Not Brides

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Girls Not Brides

girlsnotbrides3Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 450 civil society organizations from over 70 countries working to address child marriage. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas and are united by a strong  commitment to end child marriage and enable girls to have access to greater opportunities.

The organization is  working to bring child marriage to global attention, to build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and is calling for the laws, policies and programs to be put in place that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls. Girls Not Brides is aiming to raise a voice that will shatter aim to raise the silence that has long surrounded the issue of child marriage and to draw attention to its harmful impact. As well as giving a voice to the voiceless, the organization also tries to support children who are or have been victims of child marriage, to increase awareness of the scale and impact of child marriage, and to mobilize the support and resources needed to end child marriage.

There is an advocacy component to Girls Not Brides, which is that the organization is campaigning for the assurance that no child will be married before the age of 18, which is in coordination with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all but two nations have ratified.

Girls Not Brides, believes that what makes them stronger is using the voice of the organization to amplify the collective voices of the children that they aim to protect.


Org Spotlight: NAWJ

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

National Association of Women Judges

NAWJThe National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to: Promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice.

NAWJ is the nation’s leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society. The organization’s ultimate goal is to  provide unique opportunities for members to enrich their professional lives, keep aware of important issues, and network while contributing to social justice. NAWJ welcomes both men and women, as well as judicial clerks, attorneys and law students.

Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has fought to preserve judicial independence, to ensure equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities, and other historically disfavored groups, and to achieve fairness and equality for vulnerable populations. Led by two visionary women – Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer – 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the above ideals. Throughout its history, NAWJ has been providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues; striving to develop judicial leaders; increasing the number of women on the bench at all levels in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society; and improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants.

Org Spotlight: Girl’s Globe

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Girls’ Globe  


girlsglobeGirls’ Globe is a blog that discusses the preeminent importance of factors related to and affected girls and women throughout the world. The motto of Girls’ Globe is that all women and girls should feel free in themselves and within their surroundings in order for them to reach their full potential. The blogs posted by passionate gender equality activists perpetuate the belief that all women and girls should have equal access.

The Girls’ Globe logo aims to turn the female symbol into a positive, forward and upward facing stroke. The mission of Girls’ Globe is to raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights and health of women and girls advocate for change at international and national levels in regards to the rights and health of women and girls inspire you to join the movement for change

Org Spotlight: The Malini Foundation

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Malini Foundationdownload

The Malini Foundation is a non-profit organization in Sri Lanka that seeks to empower girls by means of education and advocacy.The Malini Foundation’s values parallel those set by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which focus on a global movement to eradicate poverty and to alleviate the suffering of human beings on a global scale. One of the preeminent objectives of the the Millennium Development Goals is for gender equality and the promotion of girls education. Malini is grounded in four primary ideas: Empower through Eradication, Advocacy, Sustainable Environment Operations, and Accountability.

The organization decided to work with girls because of three identified reasons. The first reason is that an investment in girls provides greater potential for change in agency in the future. According to the Malini Foundation, when a girl has access to an education and quality health care the pathology of poverty will transform and be disseminated.  By focusing on girls, the root of some of the world’s greatest issues can be mitigated.

The second reason why the Malini Foundation is centralized on working exclusively with girls is because of the fact that girls are not receiving enough attention to alleviate the inequalities that they face. The foundation points out that typically programs for youth focus on males rather than females. In order for poverty to be broken, girls must be treated on an equal playing field as boys. Also, the foundation underscores that when girls are excluded it is bad for the economy.

To answer the question, “Why work with girls?”, the Malini Foundation answers, “Why not?”

Org Spotlight: KKPKP

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Kagad Kach Patra Kaghtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)


KKPKPStarting in 1993 Kagad Kach Patra Kaghtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) was formed as a result of female waste pickers in Pune, India wanting to feel empowered and with a sense of purpose. Together, they formed KKPKP as a membership-based trade union. The union’s aim was to establish and assert waste pickers’ contribution to the environment, their status as workers and women, and their role in the waste management processes of the city. As of today, KKPK has more than 9,000 members with more than 80% of those members being women. What makes this organization unique is that it is composed of a two-fold collective group of marginalized people. A majority of the members in the union are women who hail from marginalized castes. Members are given I- cards that are endorsed by the PMC and can avail of other benefits like interests free loans and educational support for their children.

Org Spotlight: CHANGE

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Center for Health and Gender Equality


The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women and girls globally by shaping the development and implementation of U.S. policies. The mission of the organization is to promote a vision of  a world where sexual and reproductive health and rights are universally recognized, and where comprehensive, integrated sexual and reproductive health services are accessible and available to all, free from coercion, violence, and discrimination.

Originally founded as the Health and Development Policy Project in 1994, CHANGE was created in direct response to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. This landmark meeting of approximately 180 countries, including the United States, produced a human rights framework for development assistance that –for the first time—promoted the universal sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls. Since then, CHANGE’s mission has been to ensure that the U.S. remains accountable for its commitment to that framework, and that sexual and reproductive health and rights are reflected in all U.S. foreign policy and programming.

CHANGE became an independent nongovernmental organization in 2001, and its policy work has expanded to include gender integration and HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, female condoms programs, and mobilization at the grassroots level.  Its main focus remains on advocating for the clear and consistent support of sexual and reproductive health and rights in all U.S. foreign policy and programming.

In the past several years, CHANGE has begun to build and mobilize a significant base of U.S. supporters, drawing from and building bridges among diverse U.S. constituencies such as students, reproductive justice advocates, faith-based organizations, HIV/AIDS groups, and women’s organizations.

Today, CHANGE’s emphasis is on promoting a comprehensive, human rights-based framework for U.S. sexual and reproductive health policies and programs. The framework addresses family planning, HIV/AIDS, and maternal health. As part of this effort, CHANGE seeks to remove the ideology-based and counterproductive restrictions in U.S. policy that hinder comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health.CHANGE


Org Spotlight: SNEHA

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


imagesSNEHA is a progressive organization that works closely with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. We do innovative work in the urban slums to reduce maternal mortality, newborn mortality, malnutrition and domestic violence. The core belief is  that the cycle of ill health can and must be broken by creating an urban society whose foundation is built on a healthy and empowered populace. The organization began in the 1990s when Dr. Armida Fernandez and her team were assisting premature infants born in the urban slums and the realization that the homes that the infants were being born into would be a continuation of unhealthy practices that would ultimately perpetuate the cycle.

In order to combat this cycle of malnourished and premature births, Dr. Fernandez designed a solution based on empowering the women with vital information to help them create a healthier lifestyle for their families. With that objective in mind, a small team of neonatologists started going out into the slums of Dharavi to educate women on subjects like nutrition, natal care, the importance of delivering babies in hospitals, breast feeding and immunizations. The team realized that the women were starved for information; they just had no access to it in the past.

Org Spotlight: Women in Parliaments

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Women in Parliaments (WIP)wip

Women in Parliaments (WIP)  is an international networking group made up of all the current female Parliamentarians who hold office at the national level. Today, there are approximately 9,000 women who hold a Parliamentarian position in the world. The mission of WIP is to advance gender equality on the international stage by promoting and encouraging women to hold parliamentary roles at the national level as well as establish a relationship between Women in Parliaments and build up the international network.

The reason why WIP focuses on women in Parliamentary positions is because of the immediate power and impact they possess as elected political decision makers. WIP makes a point to address the opportunities and issues that are occurring at the national and international level in relation to the role of women in power and globalization. Women need three things to fulfil their potential: communication, connection, community. At WIP, optimizing the power of communication and connection builds new communities of support for women in politics everywhere.

April 12th through the 13th, WIP held a Global Parliamentary Conference in Washington, D.C at the World Bank and IMF. The joint hosting of the Global Parliamentary Conference is a continuation of the partnership with the World Bank, which includes the joint study “The Female Political Career” and the participation of WIP Delegates in theWorld bank/IMF Annual Meeting 2014. Founded in 2000, the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF is an independent, non-governmental organisation that provides a platform for Parliamentarians from WBG and IMF member countries to advocate for increased accountability and transparency in development cooperation.

The Global Conference is the Parliamentary Network’s flagship event. This edition brought together more than 200 parliamentarians from about 100 countries, leaders from civil society and partner organizations, and top officials from the World Bank Group and the IMF. The Global Conference acted as  an opportunity to identify the Network’s policy focus for the upcoming years.

This year’s Conference agenda focused on: (i) Twin goals of boosting shared prosperity and eradicating poverty, and macroeconomic stability; (ii) Transparency and governance and (iii) gender equity. By focusing on these three areas, the Parliamentary Network aims to: (i) increase Parliamentarians’ knowledge of these individual subject matters, push for legislations and reforms in key areas; (ii) underline Parliamentarians’ roles in improving these areas in their respective countries; and (iii) look at how international development partners such as the World Bank Group and IMF can support them in this task.

Org Spotlight: Maasai Women Development Organization

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Maasai Women Development Organization


Started in 2000 by Ndinini Kimesera Sikar, Maria Keheta, and Josephine Gabriel Simon, the Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO) envisions Masaii women in Tanzania to have an “Improved sustainable livelihood”. The three founders are Masaii women themselves and as a result of their own experiences, they conglomerated to form an organization that would have the capacity to support and encourage other relegated women to have access to education, health, and economic rights. The organization works to empower Maasai women via economic and social initiatives of increased accessibility towards education, health assistance, and enterprise development. Currently, the organization has a relationship with 5,000 grassroots women from Arusha and the Manyara regions of Tanzania.

In 2011, MWEDO started its Secondary School with more than 100 students attending. the central goal of the school is to allow girls to reach empowerment by means of education. With the ultimate goal of making education accessible to marginalized communities, the school boards most of its students because of the distance and remoteness of their homes to the school, which makes obtaining and education more of a reality.

An extension of its Secondary School program, MWEDO created the Education Access Program which provides adult women with the opportunity to obtain literacy. The women who are being targeted in this initiative did not have the ability to have access to formal education as children. The Adult Literacy Education has  evolved into a pivotal empowerment tool for the women as they learn more about leadership skills. The organization hopes that as a result of this program, women will be able to contribute into the decision making skills of their own lives and demonstrate their demands to the local and national government.

mwedoIn addition to their focus on education as a tool for empowerment, MWEDO also works to help women gain knowledge and become aware of maternal health, HIV and AIDS, as well as prevention and care. Maasai women and girls are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infections due to lack of information, knowledge including women disempowerment. MWEDO has therefore worked in this area to raise awareness through information dissemination and empowered women in the fight against HIV and AIDS infections.It has successfully been implementing HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention, Care and Nutrition activities since 2003, MWEDO works with a team of community volunteers who complement our efforts in different communities

By means of raising awareness of health, education, and economic right, the Maasai Women Development Organization continues to promote these vital attributes so that their mission of female empowerment can be fulfilled to all Maasai women in Tanzania.

Org Spotlight: Mukhtar Mai Women’s Organization

Monday, April 13th, 2015


MMWOMukhtar Mai Women’s Organization is was established in 2002 in Pakistan with the mission of bringing about a positive change in the treatment of women in society and working to eliminate all violence against women by promoting education, advocacy, and empowerment. The founder, Mukhtar Mai began this organization in 2002 after she survived a gang rape and then rather, than committing suicide as custom would predict, she spoke up, and pursued the case, which was picked up by both domestic and international media.

Muktar Mai Women’s Organization is centralized around the belief that it is not only imperative, but also feasible that through advocacy, women can be treated equally and not be subjected to violence and discrimination. The organization has created several projects that work to fulfill its mission and perpetuate equality and female empowerment. The foundation of these empowerment projects is the Muktar Mai Girls’ Model School, which works to provide women and girls accessibility towards education. The organization believes that when women and girls have access to education, there is an increase in the acquisition of civil, political, social, and economic rights. Ultimately, education is the most vital step towards female empowerment. In 2003, Muktar Mai opened her first school where she enrolled herself and two other students in her family house. Now, the school is able to provide girls with a free education, books, supplies, and uniforms to more than 550 girls.

In addition to promoting empowerment via education, the organization established the Mukhtar Mai Women’s Shelter home in 2006 as a refuge for women who have faced violence. The organization works to assist the women in the creation of a healthy, safe, and empowered life. This home has aided hundreds of women who have been subjected to violence, rape, honor crimes, child marriages, acid throwing, and many other forms of violence and discrimination.

The Muktar Mai Women’s Organization’s continues its mission of advocating for female and male equality and spreading awareness.