In celebration of International Women’s Day, support women. Here’s how.
The International Women’s Travel Center focuses on making the world better for women — both for traveling women and women living in destination countries. We encourage you to support women when you travel by going to women-owned businesses, women-led cooperatives, and buying art and products made by women. Additionally, we hope you will support NGOs and organizations that help women lift themselves out of poverty, protect them from violence, and advocate for their fair treatment in their communities and countries. To make this easier, we assembled the below list of NGOs and other organizations that are doing important work in the world of women. Your support can be financial and, in many cases, by volunteering. Your active participation in supporting women, makes the world better for all of us women.
If you know of other organizations that you would like to suggest, please fill out a Contact Us form below.
Bead for Life (Uganda)
Mission: to create sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone. We work with poor women who create beautiful recycled paper beads, collect Shea nuts and launch new businesses
- We buy at Fair Trade prices.
- We educate & teach the women entrepreneurial skills.
- We help our members launch their own businesses!
Camfed (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi)
Camfed is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.
Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have directly supported over 1,419,000 students to attend primary and secondary school, and over 3.5 million children have benefited from an improved learning environment.
Friendship Bridge (Guatamala)
Mission: To provide microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so that they can create their own solutions to poverty for themselves, their families and their communities.
Global Fund for Women (Global)
Mission: We advance the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change. This organization directly funds women-led organizations.
KIVA (Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, and South America)
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. KIVA makes it simple to give microloans to women and men. You, the lender, choose which recipient receives the loan. You can loan money to women, over 2500 to choose from! About 64% of KIVA loan recipients are women.
Madre (Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Sudan, Global)
Mission: To advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. Madre works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives.
Malala Fund (Pakistan & global)
Mali Fala Fund (West Africa)
Our goal is to assist village schools across West Africa and further educate the children by providing them with a library. Each library will also be furnished with solar panels, a television and the means to watch educational videos and DVDs.
Reneal International Education Outreach (Philippians, Tanzania & Global)
The paradox in many developing countries is that education is the path to improve lives, but schools are underfunded and many young people can’t afford to attend. The specific purpose of Reneal International Education Outreach (Reneal IEO) is to provide support for students, their parents, teachers, and school administrators to enhance education opportunities in schools in developing countries. Recognizing the power of technology in particular to change lives, the primary focus of this organization is to provide Information Technology expertise and assets (computer hardware, computer software, and learning resources) to these schools.
Sister Somalia (Somalia)
Mission: Sister Somalia provides support to survivors of sexual violence in Somalia, while changing the global conversation on women’s security in Somalia, and pressing for long term institutional changes to provide more comprehensive protections from gender based violence as Somalia emerges from chaos. Sister Somalia supports sexual violence survivors in Mogadishu and the surrounding areas, operating the country’s first rape crisis center.
UN Women (Global)
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the:
- Elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
- Empowerment of women; and
- Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.
- YWCAs serve more than 2 million women and families annually
- There are 225 local YWCA associations in over 1,300 locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia
- YWCA has over 12,000 staff members and 44,000 volunteers
- Worldwide, YWCA serves 25 million women and girls in 120 countries
- YWCA is one of the top 25 largest nonprofits in the country
Water for People (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, India)
Water For People exists to promote the development of high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water. Girls in developing countries are at a disadvantage from the start — they are more likely to suffer health problems, more likely to miss school, and more likely to marry and bear children at an early age. Water For People is on a mission to end this inequality, and we know it starts with water