World Vision believes that ending extreme poverty is possible, but it won’t happen as long as half the population is held back from reaching their full potential. Strong and empowered women and girls create a stronger world.

The evidence is indisputable, when girls and women get equal access and opportunity - progress is accelerated, families are stronger, and communities are more prosperous.

The reality is, women and girls living in poverty face significant barriers in every area of their lives. That’s why we focus on equipping and empowering women and girls in every aspect of our work. In fact, no matter which area of World Vision’s work you invest in, you are helping girls and women. It’s integrated into everything we do.

World Vision’s mission, strength, and holistic long-term community development approach uniquely enable us to propel meaningful and sustainable change - at scale, in the name of Jesus Christ. In everything we do, we seek to build people up, all people.

Why it matters

MChealth_Icon_Solid Every day, an estimated 830 women die from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. And 7,000 newborns die every day mostly from birth-related complications. (World Health Organization, UNICEF)
Water_Icon_Solid The global water crisis disproportionately impacts women and girls who spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day - time that they could be spending going to school, (UNICEF)
CP_Icon_Solid In the least developed countries, 41% of girls under 18 are already married. And 200 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation. Right now, 5 million girls younger than 15 are at risk. (UNICEF, World Health Organization)
Water_Icon_Solid Nearly 1 billion women do not have access to financial services. And 80% of labor on smallholder farms is done by women. (World Bank, World Food Program)
ED_Icon_Solid Two thirds of the world’s 750 million adults without literacy skills are women. (UNESCO)

Strong Women Strong World confronts injustice and tackles broken systems to equip girls and women to rewrite their stories, becoming powerful change agents that transform their families and communities.

The movement is a response to the needs of women and girls living in poverty in developing countries. We’re focused on sustainable, community-driven, long-term solutions in health, water, protection, education, and economic opportunity — combined with sharing God’s love. This frees women and girls to achieve their potential and build healthier families and communities.

We are a:

  • Catalyst to provide a voice and resources for women and girls who would otherwise pass their struggles on to their children
  • Connection for women and men worldwide who recognize that women’s empowerment and gender equity is the key to lasting social change and want to use their personal resources and networks to support this change
  • Community committed to mobilizing others to come together to empower women and girls to live life in all its fullness, reaching their God-given potential.

Your involvement in Strong Women Strong World sustainably transforms lives for good. To learn more about the Strong Women Strong World movement, please contact us at swsw@worldvision.org

Our Approach

World Vision is a multi-disciplined organization with decades of experience and demonstrated impact. Because of our holistic and integrated approach, we are uniquely equipped to drive positive change in every area of a woman’s life.

In just the last two years (fiscal years 2017 and 2018), we’ve reached more than 6 million women and girls around the world who are now living safer, healthier, and more productive lives. Here’s how:


In our Mother and Child Health Signature Initiative work, we prioritize pregnant women by    proactively sharing vital information and care throughout the first 1,000 days of her baby’s life - from conception up to the child’s second birthday -  because this is when the risks are greatest to both the mom and her baby.

We deliver this life-saving information and care through World Vision Community Health        Workers.  These local women and men are trained and supported to reach the people in their own neighborhoods.  Today, we have more than 220,000 CHWs in 48 countries.

Video: A Solution that is Saving Lives, Video: Water in Healthcare Facilities


World Vision is the leading non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing          world, reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds.  Clean water—close to homeis freeing up time for millions of girls and women to reach their full potentialto pursue an education, learn a trade, care for themselves and their families better, or start a business. 

Video: Naomi’s Story


Our Child Protection work gets to the roots of injustice for girl children by helping to shift long-held mindsets, traditions, and cultural norms. Our interactive programs engage parents, community leaders, parents, faith leaders, and the children themselves to challenge the status-quo and work together to make change that benefits everyone.

Video: A Story Only God Could Write


We are committed to women in our Economic Empowerment work as well. We work with smallholder farmers to optimize their small plots of land - many of whom are women - and we provide access to financial services like savings, credit, and insurance. VisionFund International, our microfinance arm had 1.2 million clients in 2017, and 72% of them were women. The repayment rate was 98%.

Video: Women’s Empowerment Fund


Our Education work focuses on equal access to safe and quality schools, improving literacy for all children, and programs that help keep girls in school.


We partner with local faith leaders to address gender inequity and abuse.


We reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to disaster by engaging them as full and equal partners in disaster planning and ensuring equitable access to relief services.

Video: Disaster and Refugee Response featuring Patricia Heaton

Creating environments for rightful relationships between girls and boys and women and men is the path to long-term, sustainable change that will end extreme poverty.

Edgar Sandoval Sr. President, World Vision U.S.

I have seen firsthand the impact that my investment has made in the lives of women, their children, and entire communities. My commitment to Strong Women Strong World and the amazing work being done has deepened through the years as I have witnessed the success that has been experienced thus far.

Kathleen Treat Founder and President, Speranza Foundation and chair of Strong Women Strong World



2017 and 2018 Impact

women and children under five received healthcare and nutrition services.*
women and girls gained access to clean water close to home, significantly reducing the time they spend walking and hauling water.
women gained access to financial services, savings groups, agricultural training, technology, and markets.*

*Beneficiaries reached through World Vision U.S. Signature Initiative projects only

News and Stories


Strong Women Strong World partners include:

List of Partners

Global Impact      Golf Fore Africa      Imago Dei Fund      Pink Ribbon | Red Ribbon


Speranza Foundation   Watermill Express          Wells Bring Hope

Our team of experts

Shelby Benson
Director of Health, PQI
Dr. Greg Allgood
Vice President for Water
Lisa Galvin
Program Management Officer, Child Protection and Education

Christopher Shore
Chief Development Officer, Economic Empowerment