Across the globe, the eight leaders of the 2020 GlobalGiving Girl Fund are paving the way to gender equality. Learn how they’re breaking down barriers and helping women and girls build brighter futures.
Every day, women and girls around the world face threats of sexual exploitation, gender-based violence, forced childhood marriage, and inadequate healthcare and education services. These harsh realities have a common denominator: gender inequality. In an attempt to improve girls’ circumstances in communities worldwide, GlobalGiving created the Girl Fund to drive donations to eight high-impact nonprofits that accelerate gender equality.
1. Supporting female entrepreneurs
Generation for Change and Development works with pastoralist communities experiencing extreme poverty, lack of education, and economic marginalization in Kenya. The organization offers seed grants, basic business skill training, and mentoring. These efforts help women become business leaders, support their families, and strengthen their communities. With support from the Girl Fund, Generation for Change and Development will be able to provide these resources to 100 women experiencing extreme poverty in Elwak Town. Learn more.
2. Helping girls finish school
Sheepcare Community Centre focuses its efforts on minimizing school dropout rates for girls in Kenya. With early childhood marriage and pregnancy, girls are seldom given the chance to complete their education. Through support from the Girl Fund, Sheepcare Community Centre supports girls through their elementary education and offers the opportunity to pursue high school. To ensure they can focus on learning, Sheepcare Community Centre also provides girls with sanitary pads, books, uniforms, and tuition payments. Learn more.
3. Creating space for girls to lead
Women’s Global Education Project was formed with the notion that every girl is entitled to an education. Through its program Our Sisters Lead this organization puts girls at the center of their own leadership training. Nonprofit Leader Harriet Spears says, “We pride ourselves on our holistic approach to advancing girls’ and women’s equality and have developed a range of programs to address the complex factors that prevent girls from going to school.” With the help of the Girl Fund, Women’s Global Education Project will be able to continue providing workshops on a variety of topics such as public speaking, community mobilization, and conflict resolution. Learn more.
4. Teaching sustainable menstrual care
Days for Girls International develops global partnerships, cultivates social enterprises, and mobilizes volunteers in order to increase access to menstrual care and education in South Africa. With the mission of creating a world with dignity, healthcare, and opportunity for all, this organization provides washable pad kits to sustain girls’ menstrual health for up to three years. Through support from the Girl Fund, Days for Girls International hopes to reach “Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.” Learn more.
5. Training girls to be peer health educators
Adolescent Health Champions, Inc. recognizes gender inequality’s serious repercussions on girls’ health and believes female leaders can help build a more equitable health care system. Through its program, Girls Health Champions, a global network of female youth health educators lead their schools and communities to improve girls’ health in India—which hosts the largest adolescent population in the world. With support from the Girl Fund, Adolescent Health Champions, Inc. is able to practice early intervention, setting up girls to practice healthy lifestyles. Learn more.
6. Helping girls break out of the cycle of poverty
The Mariposa DR Foundation prioritizes girls’ education in order to end generational poverty. With its program, this organization will reach 50 girls in the Dominican Republic, offering training in leadership qualities and marketable skills to help them successfully enter the workforce. At the Mariposa DR Foundation, girls are part of a strong community in which members are dedicated to becoming active leaders for social change. With sponsorship from the Girl Fund, The Mariposa DR Foundation can continue to support growing female leaders in the Dominican Republic. Learn more.
7. Offering access to clean water
Global Water Challenge works to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene all over the world. In Rwanda, this organization looks to advance gender equality through clean water access. Long distances to clean water prevent women and girls from going to school, completing household tasks, or entering the workforce. Global Water Challenge provides clean water access and business training to community members. The organization also provides education to Rwandan couples on gender-equitable marriage practices. The Girl Fund will provide support for Global Water Challenge as they work topromote safer household dynamics,stronger community structures and clean water access. Learn more.
8. Mentoring out-of-school girls
Act4Africa addresses gender inequality in Uganda through gender justice and education for women and girls. Because they believe in the untapped potential of girls who don’t go to school, Act4Africa brings these girls together to form tight-knit support groups. From learning lifestyle skills to accessing mentorship opportunities, Act4Africa helps girls grow in their communities. With assistance from the Girl Fund, Act4Africa asks girls to challenge their societal roles and encourage them to aspire to their goals, leading to brighter futures. Learn more.