All around the world, there are charities and nonprofit organizations that help women tackle relevant issues plaguing the female population. Are you looking to contribute to the feminist agenda with more than your words? Perhaps you could consider donating to these charities.
- A Safe World for Women
“A Safe World for Women” is a global women’s rights and advocacy organization campaigning against injustice. Safe World forms partnerships with grassroots organizations and groups worldwide to effect change in a positive way.
- Women on Wings: India
India is a large and rapidly expanding global economic power, yet the Indian lower class lives on just two dollars a day. There is very little paid work in rural India, so many families lack sufficient income, leading to high levels of poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy. Together with its business partners, “Women on Wings” aims to create one million jobs for women in rural India. A job means an income, economic autonomy and an escape from the cycle of poverty. Research shows that women spend their income on their families, allowing their children to go to school and increasing the younger generations’ chances of a better future.
- Girls on the Run
“Girls on the Run” inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. This organization envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Are you at risk for breast cancer? If you’re a woman, the answer is yes, says BCRF, which awards research grants — $22 million in 2005 alone — to experts seeking new prevention methods and treatments. Its funds have been behind some of the field’s biggest discoveries — including the finding that women of African ancestry often have a form of breast cancer that is genetically distinct from that of women of European descent.
- Women’s Funding Network
Looking to help women but not sure where to give? Consider WFN, a coalition of private and community foundations around the world. In the past 20 years, its 115 funds have given more than $200 million to a wide variety of women’s and girls’ organizations. How does it work? As with a mutual fund, you designate your money for the fund of your choice, then that fund distributes grants to smaller nonprofits. The best perk? WFN monitors each fund, so you don’t have to.
- The White House Project:
Eager to see a woman president? So is the White House Project, a nonpartisan organization looking to put more women in leadership positions, from local school boards to corner offices to the Oval Office. Their Vote, Run, Lead initiative — supported by TV’s fictional commander-in-chief Geena Davis — encourages young women to register to vote, read up on policy issues, and run for office.
- Fertile Feminism
“Fertile Feminism” is fostering a greater understanding of women’s issues amongst mothers and is helping those who have been alienated by feminism feel more included and invested in it. To do so, the organization is exploring ways in which mainstream feminism could better advocate for mothers (and their children) and is creating an honest, realistic and mutually-respectful dialogue on how each can merge into and strengthen the other.
- National Organization for Men Against Sexism
“The National Organization for Men Against Sexism” is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men’s lives, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities.
All of these charities are doing everything they can to help women all over the world. Are there any charities for women you support? Share in the comments!