Across the Foundation, we work to empower women and girls by expanding access to education, increasing economic opportunity, and providing critical health care to young mothers and their newborns. Our goal is to lift millions of women out of poverty—and with them, their families and entire communities.
Throughout the world, we are partnering with non-profits, governments, and the private sector to create sustainable solutions and inspire change. As we recognize Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, we're proud to highlight the women, stories, and projects that are making a difference and creating opportunity for more women and girls around the world.
Training Female Farmers in Malawi and Tanzania
Through our Clinton Development Initiative’s Anchor Farm Project, we provide access to training, fertilizer, and seeds to more than 11,000 women in Malawi. Read about Lustia Kachapila Nkhoma, one female farm officer who trains farmers, interacts with the farming communities, and teaches farmers how to use financial services.
Promoting Women-Led Businesses in Haiti
In Haiti, we work with our partners to promote sustainable economic development and job creation, with a focus on women-led businesses. We’ve supported the scale-up of Caribbean Crafts, owned by Magalie Dresse; Papillion Enterprises, run by Shelley Clay; and Ayiti Natives, owned by Caroline Sada – all of which are providing local jobs and selling Haitian products that reach international markets.
Facilitating Healthy-Out-of-School Time
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with out-of-school time providers around the country to create healthy environments where youth can eat better and move more through its Healthy-Out-of-School-Time program. In Liberty City, Florida, the Alliance works with the Girls Rock afterschool program and is providing the program with a healthy living curriculum this year.
Empowering Female Entrepreneurs
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Enterprise Partnership) empowers female entrepreneurs in the developing world. In Haiti, Colombia, and Peru, the Enterprise Partnership is helping women access fair wages and good working conditions. Over the next few years, the Enterprise Partnership expects to impact 3,000 female entrepreneurs in Peru.
Training Women for Jobs in Colombia
In Colombia, the Enterprise Partnership is providing market-driven skills training through the Acceso Training Center to help improve incomes and secure livelihoods. The Center prepares and places marginalized youth in quality hospitality jobs by providing them with the specific competencies and skills sets in housekeeping and hotel guest services, and as kitchen aids, baristas, food and beverages patrons, administrative and accounting assistants. More than 50 percent of the students trained at the Center so far have been women, and the Enterprise Partnership plans to train 11,000 women over the next decade.
Building Human Resources for Health
In Africa, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is working with governments to transform their national human resources capacity so more patients can receive appropriate care and treatment from a qualified health worker. CHAI tailors the program to each country’s particular challenges. In Rwanda alone, CHAI has educated and trained nearly 2,000 nurses and midwives through its Human Resources for Health program.
Improving Maternal Health
CHAI is also empowering women to take control of their economic and social lives by allowing them to have better control of when they have children. CHAI has helped to secure a reduced cost for long-acting reversible contraceptives by 50 percent.
Leveraging Technology to Improve Care
Using digital and SMS technology, CHAI developed the ENAT Messenger System in Ethiopia, which provides health care workers with specific information and reminders about their patients. After a pregnant woman is seen at a health center, the database is able to calculate an estimated delivery date for each woman and sends SMS reminders to community health workers for follow-up visits. The database can also provide community-level diagnosis of complications, delivery planning, and proactive mobilization of emergency support with the aim to reduce maternal mortality rates.
Leading by Example
Each year the Clinton Presidential Center partners with the Dunbar Magnet Middle School to conduct “Girls Empowerment Seminars.” The 100 participants each year attend monthly meetings facilitated by a successful female professional or entrepreneur and learn essential skills to empower themselves.
Committing to Women and Girls
Though more than half the world's population, women and girls are often not considered in the design and implementation of efforts to address global challenges. We know that by uplifting women, we can uplift the world, and as a result, a core area for Clinton Global Initiative Commitments to Action is the Women and Girls track, which works to empower women along the corporate value chain, increase development solutions in urban areas, and address other gaps in strategy. In the last year alone, 56 percent of Commitments to Action made by CGI members included women and girls work and issues.
Learn more about how you can get involved in celebrating Women’s History Month and join our conversation online by using the hashtag #NoCeilings.