Impact Areas

We make the greatest impact for women’s rights when we focus on the issues that make a vital difference for women and girls. When women and girls are free from violence—when they are empowered—when they control decisions about their own bodies—they soar. We continue to defend and expand hard-won gains in women’s rights by focusing on three critical areas:

Zero Violence

We fund and advocate for women’s and girls’ participation, empowerment, and peace building while challenging laws, policies, cultures and behavior that perpetuates discrimination, violence and abuse.

Our goal: An end to gender based violence.

Economic & Political Empowerment

We support advocacy for economic and legal reform and women’s equal participation in local and national elections and economies. We support democracy movements and efforts to secure land, labor and property rights.

Our goal: All women are economically secure and independent and are supported by policies ensuring women’s and girls’ equal rights to resources and livelihoods.

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

We support campaigns, service delivery, advocacy and education to influence attitudes and achieve policy change that secures women’s and girls’ full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Our goal: All women and girls are free to make their own reproductive and sexual choices. Sexual and reproductive health services and information are readily available.

While our focus is sharp, we continue to provide general support funding, which is critical to strengthen and sustain strong women’s rights movements.

Tools for Change

Our grant partners use three tools to achieve lasting change for women and girls:


Using technology to advocate, connect, and increase awareness of key issues to support global women’s right movements that are constantly learning, mobilizing and evolving. Critical issues include security, advocacy, and mapping.


Using a variety of educational approaches to build knowledge, skills, and self-confidence. This includes advocating for change through increasing public awareness and influencing attitudes in support of women’s and girls’ human rights.


To change attitudes and systems, women and girls must be leaders – in protest, advocacy, representation and mobilization. This includes providing young women with important leadership opportunities.

Sub-Regional Priorities

While we have funded in more than 170 countries, these are our current priority areas:

Asia and the Pacific

  • South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Southeast Asia (Burma and Thai border areas, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia)
  • Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea)

Europe and Central Asia

  • The Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia)
  • Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
  • Eastern Europe (Russia – North Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus)
  • South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia)

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Mexico and Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador)
  • Caribbean (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica)
  • Andean Region (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia)
  • Southern Cone (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina)

Middle East and North Africa

  • North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia)
  • Middle East (Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Yemen)
  • Cyprus
  • Areas with Syrian women refugees

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo
  • East Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Northern Uganda, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania
  • West Africa: Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone