Women’s economic equality is non-negotiable. But all over the world, women earn less than men and are more likely to own small, informal businesses. They are less likely to have access to assets, property and financial services. They are more likely to do unpaid work. This doesn’t just limit their opportunities and livelihoods. It means half the world’s population is being denied basic human rights. This can’t continue – and entrepreneurship can be a big part of the solution.
With our partners worldwide, we empower women and girls to start and grow successful businesses – and to redefine the future for themselves and those around them. To make it happen, we deliver business training and mentoring. We open doors to finance, markets and networks. We press for change and use technology to help women connect and learn. And because women everywhere face different challenges, we tailor our work to what women tell us matters most to them.
Collaborating with partners around the globe makes us stronger and makes our work more relevant. So we co-create programmes with institutional donors. We form corporate partnerships that increase women’s economic empowerment. We link with local partners in 100+ countries to increase our reach. And we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help more women and girls discover the power of being an entrepreneur.