Activists

A recent survey by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) found that more than 75% of women's organizations had an annual income of less than $100,000; 36% had less than $25,000. Limited access to funding and other support weakens women's organizations' ability to sustain their impact, wasting vital benefits they could offer.

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Donor Direct Action partners with frontline activists to strengthen women's rights around the world.

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Mission

Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences Sexuelles provides psycho-social, medical, and legal defense services to victims of sexual violence in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Human Rights Defender

Throughout the DRC, ravaged by over two decades of war, the work is difficult and dangerous. In certain areas the female human rights defender is seen as opposing traditional customs; her family tries to force her to abandon her work, for her safety and theirs.

Mission

Working to end gender violence in El Salvador and to promote equality through the economic empowerment of women.

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Femicide

Femicide – the deliberate murder of women just because they are women – is common in El Salvador. On average, a woman was murdered every 15 hours during 2015.

Mission

To encourage the active participation of Afghan women in the reconstruction and development of a safe, just society where all Afghans - regardless of race, ethnicity, tribe, language, gender or religion - benefit equally from development.

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Escaping Nightmares

Waseema was 12, out gathering branches and goat-droppings for fuel when the men came and took her. She remembered only that it felt like her heart stopped beating. She couldn’t breathe from the fear. But that was only the beginning.

Mission

The Syrian Women's Forum for Peace aims to activate Syrian and international public opinion to lobby decision makers to adopt peaceful political means to build a democratic state.

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Syrian Women Call for Peace

As mothers, as lovers of peace, and as Syrian women who want an end to war, we sign with tears in our eyes in order to stop this horrific violence against innocent people within Syria.

Mission

To empower women through education, and promote and strengthen women’s capacity to seek, defend, and advocate for their fundamental rights in all spheres of life.

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Transforming Outrage into Action

The little girl’s father believed boys and girls should be educated, and opposed female circumcision, sometimes called female genital mutilation.

Mission

SPACE International was formed to give voice to women who have survived the abusive reality of prostitution. SPACE is committed to raising the public’s consciousness of the harm of prostitution, and is lobbying governments to decriminalize prostituted persons, punish the buyers and traffickers, and provide viable exit strategies including education and training.

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Rachel Moran’s Journey through Prostitution

Rachel Moran came from a troubled family background. Taken into State care at fourteen, she became homeless and fell into prostitution at age fifteen - isolated, drug-addicted and outcast from society for the next seven years.

Mission

Embrace Dignity works with civil society and government in South Africa to advocate for legal reform to end prostitution and sex trafficking, while also providing vital services and support to women seeking an exit from the commercial sex industry.

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Lolo’s Story

Lolo came to us eager to leave the life of prostitution. As one of our youngest sisters, she was just 17 when she first exchanged money for sex. In her three years at Embrace Dignity, Lolo has morphed into a poised young woman who is determined to finish her education, take care of her younger brother in the Eastern Cape, and not be dependent on a man in any way.

Mission

To ensure that women remain a vital part of post-Gaddafi Libya, with a particular emphasis on inclusive transitions, women’s rights, youth leadership, advancement and security as related to women’s political and economic participation, constitutional reform, and education.

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New York Times – “Trails of Spring”

Read the New York Times article and view the video

Mission

Marta Centre works to end trafficking in all its forms through education and public advocacy, and provides critical services for victims of trafficking and domestic violence.

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Practical Magic

Helena is only fifteen, but she knows. Knows what happened to Oksana, her older sister who answered an advertisement for a glamorous "model" job--then vanished into the trafficking network that imports and exports women and girls for sexual slavery.

Mission

Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative's mission is to initiate positive behaviour and attitudinal change towards women.

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Escaping Forced Marriage

Judy* looks dazed and lost. A faint wrinkle creases her otherwise cherubic face. Her face says a lot about what she has endured, especially in the last few weeks and about her optimism about the future.

Mission

The Forum for Women, Law and Development works to protect and promote the human rights of women and to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

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International Outcry Inspires Legal Action

On June 24, 2011, a 21-year-old Buddhist nun traveling to visit family in far eastern Nepal had to spend the night on a bus halted by flooding. The driver and four other men from the bus company gang-raped her until she lost consciousness.

Mission

The Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling works to reverse discrimination against Palestinian women and promote their social and legal rights under international human rights standards.

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One Waiting Room, Many Lives

Asma, 17, was betrothed to a 19-year-old, but her pregnancy was culturally considered out of wedlock, and even after they married, she couldn’t claim her baby. Her father was furious and threatened an ‘honor killing.’ She came to WCLAC for the intervention that saved her life, her marriage, and her child.

Mission

Social Justice for Women.

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Girls in their own voices: Child Marriage in Nigeria

In northern Nigeria around three quarters of all girls are married before they turn 18, many before age 15 or whenever puberty begins. Because they are then forced to leave school, 75% are illiterate. Many are neglected or abused by their husbands.

Mission

The Panzi Foundation supports the mission of the Panzi Hospital, which is to assure holistic quality care to the population through improved health care service delivery, community outreach activities, and advocacy.

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Like a Heaven

Every part hurts--feet, trudging weeks from her village now stinking of corpses, burnt huts, and surviving kinfolk who drove her out. Neck cramping from the sack with her few belongings balanced on her head. Arms aching from the weight of a child butting her chest to nuzzle the dried breasts, his hunger howls joined by the newborn slung in a basket across her sore back.