It’s been shown time and time again that if women are supported in their communities, they can bring out increased health, financial benefits, and opportunities for everyone involved. That’s why charity organizations supporting women—especially young women—are so important.
The American Association of University Women
The AAUW, based out of Washington, DC, has worked to empower women both as individuals and as members of their communities since 1881. They focus on research that analyzes gender equality issues in education and the workplace; campus initiatives that support women in college; and preparing women for jobs in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). You can find out more about their work at their website.
The Anita Borg Institute
Founded by computer scientist Anita Borg in 1987 and later renamed for her, the Anita Borg Institute focuses on supporting women in technology. They believe that women are the key to accelerating global innovation. Their main office is in India, but they work with women in 50 countries, partnering with academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.
“Around the world, women are not full partners in driving the creation of new technology that will define their lives,” said Borg on the organization’s website. “This is not good for women and not good for the world….Women need to assume their rightful place at the table creating the technology of the future.
In addition to the Institute, in 1994, Borg joined Dr. Telle Whitney in creating the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) event. It’s now the largest annual gathering of women in tech in the world.
Focusing on women and girls in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Camfed is an international non-profit that fights poverty. Their mission is to send more girls to school, as well as empowering women to take on leadership roles in their communities.
Since 1993, Camfed has served Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Malawi, directly supporting 1,876,214 students in attending primary and secondary school. Their work builds on the fact that educating girls can improve child and maternal mortality rates, get families out of poverty, accelerate a community’s economic growth, and help deal with the consequences of climate change. You can find out more about Camfed’s work at their website.
Women’s Learning Partnership
The Women’s Learning Partnership promotes female leadership in curriculum development; training at grassroots, national, and regional levels; strengthening civil engagement; and promoting women’s human rights. They work via 20 autonomous and independent partner organizations in the Global South, particularly in Muslim communities. Their primary objectives are to help women take on more leadership roles and to support feminist movements in Muslim-majority areas. You can find out more about the organization here.
These are just a few organizations from around the world that work to support women and improve their education, communities, and lives. Along with many others, these groups are bringing about a better world by giving women a better chance of improving their lives.