This article was originally published on CrimsonEducation.org
In honor of Women’s History Month, Crimson wants to shed light on incredible organizations focusing on lifting women up. Here are 10 amazing organizations and charities doing the much-needed work of fighting for women’s rights and equality around the world.
Malala and Ziaddin Yousafzai founded the Malala Fund in 2013 to help ensure every girl’s right to a free, safe, and quality education. With over 130 million girls out of school today, the Malala Fund invests in local education activists, advocates to hold leaders accountable at the local national, and international level, and works to amplify girls’ voices. The Malala Fund is currently prioritizing Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. Malala was an education activist in Pakistan and has now become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Her story is incredibly inspiring and she continues to impact young girls and women around the world.
Dedicated to the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender equality, the United Nations Women organization works tirelessly to meet women’s needs and rights worldwide. They focus on ensuring that women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems, have income security and economic autonomy, live free from violence, and have more influence in building peace and resilience. UN Women works with member states to help implement the standards of UN women and coordinator the UN System’s work on gender equality.
GirlsWhoCode aims to inspire more girls and women to enter the historically predominantly male-dominated computer science, engineering, and coding fields. With fewer than one in 5 computer science graduates being women, the gender gap is huge. Girls Who Code hosts clubs, summer programs, and college programs for girls who want to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. With over 8,500 programs worldwide, there’s bound to be a Program near you!
Bright pink is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women to manage their health and prevent breast and ovarian cancer. They mix digital tools and in-person programs to educated young women and healthcare providers.
Days for Girls is committed to shattering the stigma of menstruation around the world. They work to increase access to menstrual supplies, provide education and care for women’s health, cultivate social entrepreneurs, mobilize volunteers and innovate sustainable solutions to help fight limitations for women and girls worldwide. When founder and CEO Celeste Mergens was working in a Kenyan orphanage, she learned many women were sitting on cardboard while menstruating, missing school. This set her mission to help ensure girls’ and women’s access to menstrual hygiene products, eventually leading to the creation of a washable, long-lasting pad. This tied with education has changed the lives of over 2 million girls and women.
Strong Women Strong Girls is on a mission to empower girls to reach their full potential in all areas of life. They champion the aspirations and potentials of girls by connecting three generations of women through mentorship. They share stories, skills, and work to build a pipeline of powerful, diverse leadership to transform opportunities for women and girls worldwide.
Dress for success is a nonprofit organization that helps women develop their careers and achieve economic independence. Once economically disadvantaged women finally land an interview, appropriate workplace attire can often become an issue. Dress For Success works to make sure this is not a barrier to a job interview. They help women by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to thrive.
Solar Sister is a nonprofit that invests in women’s clean energy businesses in off0grid communities in Africa. Solar sister recruits trains and supports women entrepreneurs to build businesses and build clean energies for their communities. So far, they have kickstarted 5,000 clean energy entrepreneurs!
Girls Inc. is a network of nonprofit organizations that focus on the development of supporting mentoring and guidance in a pro-girl environment. Girls learn to value their whole selves, discover and develop their strengths and receive the necessary support as they navigate challenges. They encourage active and healthy lifestyles, provide academic enrichment and support, and life skills instruction.
Step Up is a non-profit organization that helps empower young women in under-resourced and underserved neighborhoods to join the next generation of professional women. They empower their participants to take action to graduate high school on time as a confident, college-bound, career-focused young woman. They provide after-school and mentorship programs across the country. Between 98-100% of all Step Up Seniors graduates high school and were accepted into college in the last 5 years.
Crimson Women Standing up for Women
We continue to see hard work and awesome initiatives from young women every day. We’re constantly inspired by the work Crimson students do to better their communities around them.
One of our very own students, Bhuvana, is passionate about women’s health and has been scaling her extracurriculars to help empower women. She has volunteered her time at an emergency pregnancy clinic and more. To find more about Bhuvana, check out this Crimson blog, which also links to her personal blog.
Another Crimson student, Salma, created a program called Girls Give Back, which has chapters in Boston, Morocco, and Florida. Girls Give Back aims to promote diversity, confidence, and female initiative through service, empowerment, and community building.
Our extracurricular and leadership mentors helped both of these students scale these leadership initiatives and help make their ideas a reality. Do you have an amazing idea that you just don’t know how to make happen? To learn more about crimson and how we can help you launch your initiative, reach out to speak to an advisor for a free consultation.