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Empowering Women Economically

Empowering Women Economically

Empowering Women Economically

Empowering Women Economically

"Women's rights are vitally important not just for improving the position of women but for the health, strength and prosperity of their communities and societies. Everyone gains if the barriers holding women back are removed. And that's particularly true if women get the chance to fulfil their talents and ambitions economically.

It's not just the extra income that this generates for women and their families. Greater economic security and independence gives women more control over their lives and a more influential voice in their communities. And no society can thrive fully by writing off the talents of half their population.

It's why helping women to make the most of their economic potential is vital in tackling global poverty and inequality. It's something already recognised by some powerful global institutions who are working hard to give women the opportunity to thrive." Cherie Blair

Among the orgainsations focusing on the Economic Empowerment of Women in the Developing World are:

The International Finance Corporation, which is part of the World Bank, has a gender programme which is committed to creating opportunities for women in business by providing financial products and advisory services to:
a) increase access to financing for female entrepreneurs
b) reduce gender-based barriers in the business environment
c) improve the sustainability of IFC investment projects
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The NoVo Foundation, run by Peter and Jennifer Buffett, seeks to foster a transformation in global society from a culture of domination and exploitation to collaboration and partnership, empowering women and girls as the primary agents of change.
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Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-government organization that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. It aims to 'provide these women with the capacity, connections and credibility they need to unlock their leadership potential.' Led by President Alyse Nelson Bloom, Vital Voices believes in 'the transformative value of women's participation in society. We invest in women who are creating economic opportunities, advancing political reform, and safeguarding human rights. They are creating a better world for all of us'.
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The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. It advocates and defends women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world. The Global Fund makes grants to seed, strengthen and link women's rights groups based outside the United States working to address human rights issues that include:

- ending Gender-Based Violence and Building Peace
- ensuring Economic and Environmental Justice
- advancing Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights
- expanding Civic and Political Participation
- increasing Access to Education
- fostering Social Change Philanthropy
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Women Thrive Worldwide (formerly the Women's Edge Coalition) is the leading non-profit organisation shaping US policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty. Women Thrive develops, shapes, and advocates for policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty. They focus on making US international assistance and trade programmes give priority to women. They bring together a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations and 25,000 individuals united in the belief that women are the key to ending global poverty, and empowering them is not only right in itself, it's also the most effective long-term solution to world poverty.
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The Global Banking Alliance for Women is a consortium of financial institutions that have successfully leveraged the women's market for profit. The GBA was formed in December 2000 as a coalition of non-competing financial institutions (FIs) recognized as the "bank of choice for women" by their respective markets, and the Paris based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). GBA members collaborate on identifying and sharing global best practices in the delivery of financial services to women. Their mission is 'To accelerate the growth of women in business and the creation of wealth, while generating superior business outcomes for member financial institutions'
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Women's World Banking was established in 1979 to be a voice and change agent for poor women entrepreneurs. Their vision is 'to improve the economic status of poor families in developing countries by unleashing the power inherent in women. We believe that when a woman is given the tools to develop a small business, build assets, and protect against catastrophic loss, she is empowered to change her life and that of her family. Drawing on our global diversity, resources and experience, WWB helps to strengthen our network of microfinance organizations and banks, all of whom share our commitment to helping poor women access financial services and information. Our goal is to continue to build a network of strong financial institutions around the world and ensure that the rapidly changing field of microfinance focuses on women as clients, innovators and leaders.' WWB Website
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