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Vital Voices Global Partnership

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Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Capacity building
  • Education and training of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Trafficking in women and girls
  • Violence against women
  • Women and HIV/AIDS
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and poverty
  • Women and the economy
  • Women in power and decision-making
  • Geographic scope: International
    Millennium Development Goals:
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Mission statement:
    Year established:
    Year of registration: 2006
    Organizational structure: Vital Voices Global Partnership, also known as Vital Voices, is an international non-profit that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe who focus on making progress in the areas of human rights, political participation and economic empowerment. Vital Voices addresses issues like violence against women, human trafficking, the political underrepresentation of women, and barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and economic development. Its programs put into practice a recognition that investment in women and girls is directly linked to poverty alleviation, a lessening of government corruption, and greater general prosperity. Vital Voices works to advance women's economic, political and social status by providing tools and training to develop their skills, connecting them to a broad global network of women with common values and potential, and offering other support as needed to women globally. Whether promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the Middle East through their Businesswomen’s Network, shining light on human trafficking and the work being done by women such as Somaly Mam of Cambodia to combat it, or supporting the efforts of women’s rights advocates such as Chouchou Namegabe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Vital Voices actively supports women leaders around the world. Vital Voices works regionally in: Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. Vital Voices leverages the power of its global network to further identify and train emerging women leaders who are committed to improving their communities. Vital Voices has an international staff and a team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders, including senior government, corporate and non-governmental organization executives, have trained and mentored more than 7,000 emerging women leaders from over 127 countries since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 200,000 additional women and girls in their communities. Since 2002, Vital Voices has held its annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards. Widely acclaimed, this event has raised global awareness for extraordinary women leaders like Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Vital Voices’ Board of Directors includes distinguished women such as fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, World Bank Managing Director Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and actress Sally Field.
    Number and type of members: Vital Voices works regionally, supporting women’s leadership in areas of human rights, economic empowerment and political participation. Regional programs operate in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East & North Africa. Programs employ a multi-stakeholder approach to effectively integrate civil society, government, and business in a collaborative effort to promote international peace and prosperity through investment in women’s leadership. Ongoing initiatives in the areas of human rights and political participation include the Vital Voices Leadership & Advocacy Fund for African Women, the Afghan Women’s Leadership Initiative, the Vital Voices Mentorship Program for Russian Women Entrepreneurs, and the continuing expansion of Global Network Affiliate Chapters, including the launch of recent additions in Nicaragua and India. Initiatives in the area of economic empowerment include the Africa Businesswomen’s Network and the Middle East & North Africa Businesswoman’s Network, both of which promote a regional culture of women’s entrepreneurship.
    Funding structure:
  • Foreign and international grants
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