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.
Through the Praksis program in Athens, we’re helping women at risk, including those who are homeless or are victims of sexual, physical or verbal abuse. The Praksis program helps women by providing housing and support services that take them out of harm’s way and help them to become self-sufficient.
Praksis also offers relief for homeless single mothers through crisis intervention and support services,
including bathing and laundry facilities, psychological and social support, clean clothes, rest facilities, and food.
Women at Praksis also benefit from services at the Day Center, such as computer and language classes, a cinema club, recreational activities for children, and in-kind support packages covering diapers, hygiene kits, and food vouchers. This program reaches over 100 homeless single mothers each year, and many participants have been able to improve their daily life and ultimately rejoin society and the labor market.
Our Community Learning Center in East and Central Java
helps women in farming families build their entrepreneurial skills. In tandem, our after-school program raises awareness on child-labor issues and ensures that children get proper education.
PMI has supported this program since 2011, and in 2015 close to 250 women directly benefitted from it.
Since its establishment in 2014, over 300 women leaders and tobacco farmers in the Nan and Phrae provinces of Thailand have benefitted from the Women Empowering and Leadership Program. Implemented in cooperation with the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), the workshop focused on empowering women
in tobacco-growing communities and fostering their inclusion in society.
Participants get the opportunity to present their project proposals for community development initiatives. Qualified proposals are awarded seed funding by PM Thailand and PDA to encourage the participants to exercise their leadership roles and improve their own economic status and their local community.
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.
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:
We promote access to education and educational opportunities for the underprivileged with a focus on tobacco farmers and their families.
We support programs that promote employment and income-generating activities for socially vulnerable individuals and communities.