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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.


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.