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ORGANISATIONS THAT SUPPORT WOMEN AND THEIR CAUSES.

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In an era of connectivity and increased options for self-development, Women empowerment has seen new phases of growth globally. Items one to five of the Millennium Development goals are related to Women, either directly or Indirectly and at least Eight of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030) recently adopted by the UN assembly also cater to Women .

In this Article, I will be discussing about Organisations that support Women and what they do for Women.

1) Global fund for women:

GFW’s mission is to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change. They fund, amplify, connect, and sustain women’s organizations and women’s human rights movements, and create digital advocacy campaigns on critical global issues for women and girls.

Find out more about how to apply for a GFW grant

2) UN Women:

UN Women was created by the UN General Assembly in 2010 to promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. Since then, their activities have been centred on supporting inter-governmental bodies and Member States and the civil society in policy formulation and implementation, technical and financial support and effective partnerships to promote the UN’s work towards women empowerment and gender equality.

Key focus areas of the UN Women are: Leadership and political participation, Economic empowerment, Ending violence against women, Peace and security, Humanitarian action, Governance and national planning, The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, HIV and AIDS-

Read more about the UN Women:

3) Cartier Women’s Foundation:

Cartier Women’s Foundation supports the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. Through the Cartier Women’s Initiative programme, they identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding, coaching, mentoring and an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networking.

Find out more about CWF’s activities

4) The International Trade Center:

ITC, Geneva profiles Women owned Businesses from Developing Countries and facilitate their participation at the Annual Women Vendor Exhibition Forum (WVEF) and match them with potential Buyers and Investors with the objectives of connecting them to International Markets. At the recently concluded WVEF which took place in Sao Paulo, ITC made a call to Global leaders, Governments and private sectors to ensure that one million more women are connected to the global market by 2020.

Read more about ITC’s activities

5) Cherie Blair Foundation for Women:

CBFW’s vision is to empower Women, thus driving growth. To achieve this, they work in partnership with the non-profit, private and public sectors; to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges women entrepreneurs face by connecting them with highly skilled Mentors from around the world, strengthening their access to Capital and helping them Develop key Skills for running their businesses. So far, the Cherie Blair foundation has empowered over 118,000 women around the world.

Find out how to get involved

6) Vital voices:

Vital voices’ mission is to invest in women leaders who will in turn improve the world. They partner with women from different countries through long-term investments that will expand skills, connection and visibility with core focus on Economic empowerment, Political & Public leadership and Human right.

Read more about Vital Voices’ programmes

7) American Association of University Women:

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. Over the years, they have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families by supporting them in the following ways: promoting gender equity in education and the workplace, policy advocacy, Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Leadership, Educational Funding & Global connection, etc.

Learn more about AAUW

8) African Women’s Development Fund:

AWDF’s mission is to mobilise financial, human and material resources to support African women to advance women’s right and gender equality in Africa by promoting Women’s right, work, partnerships, Diversity, Leadership, enabling environment and sustainable movement.

Learn more about AWDF’s activities

9) WEConnect:

WEConnect International helps Women-owned business succeed in global value chains by identifying, educating, registering and certifying women’s business enterprises which are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women and connecting them with multinational corporate buyers.

Find out more about WEConnect

10) Enterprise Development Center (Pan Atlantic University):

In partnership with various organisations locally and internationally, the EDC provides, tailored trainings and mentoring programmes for women entrepreneurs that are aimed at helping them build profitable, sustainable businesses and Social Entreprises. Some of their training programmes for Women are: WomenX, Goldman Sach, Enterprise Challenge for Women, etc.

Read more about EDC’s programmes

Bukola is Founder, SMEBizInfo.com, an Alumnus of Fate foundation and also holds a Masters Degree in Public and International Affairs. Over the years, she has benefited from a number of opportunities tailored towards Women- YouWin Women award, EDC Women Entreprise Challenge, Cherie Blair Foundation mentoring programme for Women and ITC Geneva’s Women Vendors’ Programmes amongst others. She is also passionate about helping other Women harness opportunities for growth.

You can reach her by mail- info@smebizinfo.com

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