Former Board Chair Leila Hassan speaks at a convening of MENA region grantees

Key Issues


We campaign for zero violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. These are the most critical building blocks for women’s human rights. When a woman has these rights, she can be strong, safe, powerful, and heard.

Only when women and girls are safe and free from violence; can earn their own money; can have an equal voice in their family and community; and can decide if, and when, they get married or have children, will we be able to say that they have equality and justice. History tells us that communities, countries, and economies are transformed when women have these fundamental rights.

Three women in Sub-Saharan Africa laugh with a baby.
STRONG – Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights:
We believe women and girls have the fundamental right to control their own bodies. We fund and advocate for improved health care for women and girls, so that they can make their own reproductive and sexual choices. We support women’s groups who increase access to quality maternal health care and to HIV information and services, especially in marginalized communities, and who support women’s rights to safe and legal abortion. We support groups who fearlessly demand sexual and health rights for LGTBQI communities in places where these rights are consistently denied.

An Indian woman and her niece, a survivor of domestic violence, embrace
SAFE – Freedom from Violence:
We are working toward a world where all women and girls can live free from violence – a world where girls can go to school without the fear of being kidnapped, a world where domestic violence no longer exists, a world where women’s human rights defenders are not killed for raising their voices, a world where women and girls are not systematically raped during times of instability and war.

Middle Eastern woman in her office
POWERFUL and HEARD – Economic & Political Empowerment:
Women and girls around the world are denied the right to vote, to access education, to open bank accounts, and to apply for jobs – let alone be paid the same amount as a man for the same work. We work with women who are changing this status quo every day. We are partnering with groups who are creating jobs, encouraging entrepreneurship, fighting for workers’ rights, and supporting women running for leadership positions so that all women can enjoy full political and economic rights.

Learn about the other issues we’re working on.

Page Banner photo, and POWERFUL and HEARD photo by Bowerbird Photography. STRONG photo by Paola Gianturco.