More About Our Work Empowering Women and Girls
Women are the world’s most underserved—and undervalued—resource. At present, they make up 70% of the world’s poor and earn only 10% of its income, despite producing over half its food. Studies suggest that if women’s paid employment rates were raised to the same levels as men’s, per capita income in some of our fastest-growing economies would rise 20 percent by 2030. Studies also show that a woman is apt to invest her income in her family. Eighty cents of every dollar she earns goes toward health care, nutrition, and housing for her kids.
We believe that a community can only reach its potential by involving everyone in its social and economic life. That’s why we build programs to empower women and girls, and why we focus on expanding access to education; expanding 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, families and whole communities.