At Women Igniting Change®, we recognize our responsibility to make an impact on the lives of the women and girls we serve, the communities in which we live and the world that needs all of us. Through our CORA Women's Center, an economic empowerment initiative working with women in Rwanda, we address the barriers to women’s economic independence, increase economic growth and progress, facilitate social transformation and create systemic sustainable change.
"Trust yourself and trust your own voice. Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world."
— Melinda Gates
Every woman. Every girl. Realizing their full potential.
We create, empower, mobilize and actualize initiatives
to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.
What We Believe
When a woman becomes the fullest expression of who she is, she can change the world.
Unleashing the contribution of women is a critical catalyst
to solving the pressing global challenges of our time. Men and women coming together as a collective is the strongest force we have
to change the lives of women and girls.
When you invest in yourself or your organization through any of our programs, a portion will be allocated to the Women Igniting Change® Foundation, which supports global women’s initiatives in 5 Key Focus Areas.
Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population and yet in the majority of the world, their voices are not being heard. Influencing public policy and eliminating discrimination and biases through education and awareness is essential for women and girls to realize their full potential and contribute to their communities and countries in a meaningful way.
Over 60 million girls around the world are denied the right to an education. Many are required to work, forced into an early marriage or face unimaginable violence. When girls receive a quality education, it not only changes their life, but also positively impacts their families, their communities and their country. (Malala.org) Our world needs their gifts and talents.
In societies with rigid views of traditionally male and female roles, frequently reinforced by cultural and religious beliefs, women’s opportunities for engaging in paid work or starting up enterprises are often limited. Women need equal access to credit to invest and expand their business ventures, equal access to markets to sell and develop their products, and equal
opportunities to acquire skills, knowledge and technology. (unido.org)
We imagine a world where women and girls are able to participate fully in economic, legal, political, and educational policy making. Where health care for women is a priority, girls and women are seen and treated as equals by everyone in the world and no girl ever feels at a disadvantage for being born female. (Chime for Change) It’s time.
It’s time for women to be represented at the highest levels of our society. Currently, women comprise only 20 of the Fortune 500 CEO positions, 17.9% of director seats of the Fortune 1000 companies and 20% of the U.S. Congress. Globally, only 22 Heads of State are women. Our global challenges demand that we include the voices of women leaders into the decision-making process.
MAKING AN IMPACT
We contribute a percentage of our revenue to support charities that serve women and girls around the world and are in the planning stages of building economic empowerment centers in East Africa.