In light of the disheartening- and alarming- recent news regarding the rights and well being of women in the last months, (and years); we thought it might be helpful to share some organizations that are doing good in the name of women empowerment. These organizations focus on supporting women in all places; education, healthcare, reproductive rights, and politics. Supporting these organizations financially, or using your voice to bring awareness to the causes they stand for, are two of the most powerful tools we can use to bring about change in our greater communities! Let's get started!
WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1993 by Zainab Salbi, in response to the Bosnian war, Women for Women International helps to serve communities of women devastated by war. Through social and economic programs providing educational resources, jobs and skills training, and trauma therapy, the programs help women recover and reinvent their life after tragedy. Since it was founded, Women For Women International has helped provide aid for over 520,000 women. Donate here!
Founded in 2013 by Malala Yousafzai and her father, the Malala Fund helps to ensure each woman's right to a safe and free education. Additionally, the organization includes a publication called “Assembly” which gives young women a platform to share their experiences and accomplishments in the realm of education. Currently the organization works to serve women in countries including Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. Learn more about the fund here!
GIRLS WHO CODE
In a field that is predominantly dominated by men, GirlsWhoCode was founded to give young women the support they need to break these gender barriers in coding, computer science and engineering. Through over 8,500 sponsored clubs, seasonal and college level programs, the organization works to give young women a safe and supportive environment to excel in coding. Learn more about the foundation and ways to get involved here!
Due to Planned Parenthood's existing reputation as a viable and well known organization implementing laws and policies regarding reproductive rights, it is equally as important to continue to support their mission towards a better future for all people. Through a large selection of various programs and services that range from birth control support to general health check ups, Planned Parenthood has created a safe environment for young adults, and all people, to talk about and receive support. Get involved here!
Based in Kalighat, Kolkata, the New Light organization works to provide educational support, shelter, healthcare and legal services to women and children within the Kalighat community. By creating these opportunities for quality education and skill training, New Light hopes to reduce violence towards women and children in hopes of a more gender equal community. Donate here!