The world’s issues are many, including violence, war, and discrimination. Disproportionately, women suffer. For example, violence against women is India’s fastest growing crime. India’s 40 million widows especially suffer, experiencing both physical and emotional violence, and a mortality rate 85% higher than married women. Often cast out because they are considered unlucky, they are referred to as “it,” rather than “she,” or worse. They are both expected to live in lifelong mourning and spiritual chastity while at the same time are at a much greater risk for rape. The world needs more fair-minded men and empowered female advocates on behalf of women’s issues.
- Association for Women in Science – towards full participation of women in science, math, engineering, and technology. See also Association for Women in ___ (Business, Communications, Computing, Construction, Law, Math, Psychology, Psychiatry, Surgeons, Technology, or whatever your field, and our links page specific to women in ministry.
- Be the Star You Are – for women, families and at-risk youth.
- Girls for a Change – empowering Silicon Valley girls as change agents.
- Great Nonprofits Listing – Women Category.
- National Organization for Women – advocacy in action since 1966.
INDIA – WIDOWHOOD
- Kiva – microfinance partnering with three nonprofits to empower widows: People’s Forum and Mahashakti Foundation in Odisha and WSDS-Initiate in Manipur.
- Sulabh International [Wikipedia] – Social Service Organization (India’s largest nonprofit)
INTERNATIONAL AND WOMEN-FOCUSED
- Global Fund for Women – nonprofit grants advancing women’s human rights.
- Half the Sky Movement – the book Half the Sky is an excellent introduction to women’s issues, and has grown into a movement, “turning oppression into opportunity worldwide.”
- Philanthropedia Top Nonprofits List – Violence Against Women.
- Rutgers Center for Women’s Global Leadership – women’s leadership for women’s human rights and social justice.
- Unlearning Not to Speak and Femtales.com – curated by Professor Rula Quawas, founder of the Women’s Studies Center of the University of Jordan, because “history is her story too.”
- Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) – combating violence against women and children
- Women for Women International – one-on-one partnerships to women survivors of war.
- Women Under Siege Project – working against sexualized violence.
INTERNATIONAL GENERAL HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH
- The Carter Center – advancing human rights and alleviating suffering.
- Doctors Without Borders – urgent medical care to victims of war and disaster.
- Partners in Health – research and active advocacy for the health of the world’s poor.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN