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Empowering Women

Changing one woman’s life can benefit an entire community

We foster initiatives to enhance the lives of women and girls to help them fully participate in society.

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For decades, we’ve invested around the world to empower women and provide a safety net for victims of discrimination and violence.

We're dedicated to ensuring that women and girls have equal access to quality education and economic resources, in an environment free of violence, exploitation, or gender-bias. Only then can they unlock their full potential and enjoy equal leadership opportunities.

Our programs enhance economic opportunities for women through vocational training and start-up grants. We also support initiatives that empower women who are marginalized or victims of discrimination and violence so that they can take control of their own lives.

Gender equality is fundamental for sustainable development of communities

Helping women and girls worldwide reach their full potential

We have partnered with the Womanity Foundation, a nonprofit organization that “undertakes to empower girls and women in developing countries to shape their future and accelerate progress within their communities.” We are supporting their WomenChangeMakers (WCM) fellowship program which identifies, supports, and connects transformational social entrepreneurs across India and Brazil.

The program aims at advancing women´s economic participation by supporting social entrepreneurship opportunities, boosting women’s social and political leadership, and promoting their health and well-being.

The WCM program helps fellows to scale up their enterprise, develop synergies with experts, strategic program partners and other stakeholders, and, if relevant, to replicate their business model elsewhere. As of December 2015, the program had a consolidated network of 27 active program partners, including nongovernmental organizations and multinationals, which support participating social entrepreneurs.

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Bijal Brahmbhatt: Pioneering to improve women’s lives in India  

Bijal Brahmbhatt, a civil engineer and habitat-improvement expert, is Executive Director of Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT). With the support of a WomenChangeMakers fellowship, Bijal has led MHT to become a leading provider of housing and related infrastructure for women living in slums.

Bijal’s efforts have enabled women to access government subsidies earmarked for slum development. Through MHT she has also been instrumental in providing them with services such as urban planning and legal support. To learn more about MHT visit www.mahilahousingtrust.org.

MHT’s work has significantly improved the lives of people in and outside of Gujarat state. Key achievements include:

  • • 895 slum settlements served
  • • 300,959 households reached
  • • 1,504,794 individuals served
  • • USD 2.7 million in government subsidies provided
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