World Vision believes ending extreme poverty is possible. But it won’t happen as long as half the people in the world are held back. As a leader in gender equality for decades, World Vision integrates a gender lens into everything we do because we know that when women and girls gain equal access and opportunity, children are better cared for, families are stronger, and communities are more prosperous.
In 2012, World Vision’s Strong Women Strong World (SWSW) was established to equip and empower philanthropists to be a voice for women and girls. We are a community committed to mobilizing others to come together to empower women and girls to live life in all its fullness, a connection for women and men worldwide who recognize that gender equality is the key to lasting social change, and a catalyst for change, providing voice and resources to end extreme poverty and gender injustice.
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Women and girls in poverty face unique obstacles that keep them from reaching their full potential.
The global water crisis hits girls and women the hardest. In fact, they spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water – hours they can’t spend getting an education, learning a skill, or earning an income.
Harmful cultural practices including female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced early marriage are still prevalent.
Every minute, 22 girls under the age of 18 are married, and the number is rising due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Nearly 1 billion women do not have access to financial services. And more than 70% of women-owned small and medium enterprises have inadequate or no access to financial services.
World Vision intentionally focuses on women and girls in every aspect of our work because we know that when women and girls reach their potential, everyone wins.
We bring clean water close to home which frees up precious hours for girls and women. And menstrual hygiene management programs help girls stay in school.
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.
We work to free girls from FGM and to empower and equip families with realistic alternatives to the bride-price economy.
Our programs engage children, youth, parents, community leaders, and faith leaders to challenge the status-quo together.
We equip and empower women economically by increasing their knowledge, business and farming skills, financial literacy, leadership opportunities, access to financial services, and incomes.
Together with our donor partners, we are making a significant impact in the lives of women and girls globally, empowering them to overcome the unique obstacles they face. Since the start of our Every Last One Campaign in 2016, we have reached more than 25 million women and girls including:
11.5M gained access to clean water close to home.
7.9M received received life-saving emergency assistance including food, protection, and livelihoods training.
2.9M gained access to financial services, savings groups, agricultural training, technology, and markets.
1.8M benefited from the education and equipping of communities to end harmful traditional practices against girls.
800K gained access to vital health information, treatment, and support.
We are blessed to partner with hundreds of philanthropists and advocates and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.
“The quickest way to empower a woman is to make sure she has clean water. And then, she can soar.”
"I trust that my partnership with World Vision makes a difference in the lives of girls and women."
"Nothing compares with seeing a child drink clean water for the first time. The sparkle in her eyes tells you her life just changed for the better, and you are never the same"
Every $1 given to the Strong Women Strong World Fund will be matched with a $1 donation to programs that empower women and girls, thanks to our generous SWSW partner, Clean Water Here.
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