6 Groups Supporting Women Around The Globe

In order to truly achieve equality, we need to support women not just through legislation and media, but on a one-to-one basis. Each of these organizations helps individuals in their careers and personal lives by providing the necessary help people need with compassion and urgency, ensuring no one has to go it alone. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Organizations Focused on Helping Women

Name Emphasis
Menopause Café Friendly, open, and accessible meetings that encourage people to come together and talk in order to reduce the stigma around menopause while enjoying drinks and cake
Apna Ghar Human rights organization working toward systemic change by focusing on both the macro and micro-level barriers faced by immigrant survivors of gender violence
Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Provides specialized care for survivors who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence including emergency shelter, legal advocacy, a 24-hour hotline, and support groups
#movethedial Works to increase the participation and leadership of women in tech, with programs to bring people together for networking, skill-building, and support systems
Women's March Chicago Organizes marches and works with progressive organizations on critical issues that affect women and girls, including equal pay, racial justice, affordable health care, access for persons with disabilities, mass incarceration, immigrant rights, and freedom from violence
The BOMA Project Works with women living in extreme poverty in the arid and semi-arid lands of Africa, providing grants to help get small sustainable businesses up and running

The Supporters of Apna Ghar

Intimate Partner Violence Statistics

  • 35.6% of women and 28.5% of men in the U.S. report having experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime
  • Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States
  • Women with disabilities have a 40% greater risk of intimate partner violence than women without disabilities
  • Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence
  • A woman is assaulted in the U.S. every 9 seconds
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women
  • Men who witnessed domestic violence as children were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents
  • From 1994 to 2010, roughly 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female
  • 1 in 5 teenage girls said they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if a breakup was to occur
  • Since 2003, 18,000 women have been killed by men in domestic violence disputes

The Impact of BOMA in Africa

Percentage Of Women In The Workforce

The percentage of men & women in the civilian labor force over time, according to the U.S. Department of Labor

Year Women Men
1950 29.6% 70.4%
1960 33.4% 66.6%
1970 38.1% 61.9%
1980 42.5% 57.5%
1990 45.2% 54.8%
2000 46.5% 53.5%
2010 46.7% 53.3%

In Depth

Whether it be building a small business, the pursuit of equality in the high tech space, or seeking shelter from domestic violence, there are a number of organizations to help women pursue their goals and solve challenges they may face. Presented here, in no particular order, are six groups from around the world dedicated to providing assistance and valuable resources to women from all walks of life.

Starting off the list at #1 is Menopause Cafe, which encourages men and women to come together and talk in order to reduce the stigma around this topic. Additionally, it is meant to increase awareness of the impact it has on those who are experiencing it, as well as their friends, colleagues, and families. The meetings are held in an accessible, respectful, and confidential space and open for all, regardless of gender or age, along with beverages and cake.

Inspired by Kirsty Wark's BBC program, Menopause and Me and the Death Cafe model, in which people gather to drink tea, eat cake, and discuss the end of life, the initiative has been honored with the Association of Scottish Businesswomen Community Commitment Award. In addition, its founder, Rachel Weiss, received the Prime Minister's Point of Light accolade for her volunteer work with the organization. A Quick Start Guide is available for those interested in hosting their own Menopause Cafe.

In addition, its founder, Rachel Weiss, received the Prime Minister's Point of Light accolade for her volunteer work with the organization.

In the #2 position is Apna Ghar, which provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence. It is a human rights organization that offers a full range of legal, social, protective, and support assistance to survivors as they begin their journeys of healing and empowerment.

Apna Ghar's signature fundraising events include Taste for Life, a gala celebration honoring survivors, and Stride Against Violence, a 5K run and walk to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can support the mission by hosting your own fundraiser, requesting donations in lieu of birthday or wedding gifts, organizing a donation drive, or coordinating a happy hour.

At #3 is the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, a leader in providing safety, shelter, support and guidance to all survivors of intimate partner violence. It offers hope and healing to survivors and children who have suffered from the devastating effects of domestic abuse including refugee, immigrant, limited-English speaking, and LGBTQ individuals.

It offers hope and healing to survivors and children who have suffered from the devastating effects of domestic abuse including refugee, immigrant, limited-English speaking, and LGBTQ individuals.

The Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh offers a wide range of expert supportive services, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency family shelter, and legal advocacy. You can sign up to be a direct service volunteer and interact directly with clients by providing hospitality and security, child care, co-facilitating support or intervention groups, and immediate needs coordination.

Entering the list at #4 is Move the Dial, which works to increase the participation and leadership of all women in tech. In partnership with Feminuity, a diversity consulting firm, its Retaining Women Working In Tech Playbook is centered around inclusion, intention, and investment, and is a resource for companies of all sizes. Tips include providing mentorship opportunities, developing systems and processes, and open communication.

The Move the Dial Global Summit offers thought leadership from change-makers and industry leaders who champion diversity, networking opportunities, and an inclusive environment that works to remove barriers of participation. You can join the movement by taking its Masterclasses, listening to the Dial Moving podcast, and speaking at local events.

The Move the Dial Global Summit offers thought leadership from change-makers and industry leaders who champion diversity, networking opportunities, and an inclusive environment that works to remove barriers of participation.

Coming in at #5 is Women's March Chicago, which supports critical issues that affect women and girls, including equal pay, racial justice, affordable health care, access for persons with disabilities, mass incarceration, immigrant rights, and freedom from violence.

Gallery of Issues is an opportunity for participants to learn, activate, and mobilize across their neighborhoods and communities around the subjects that matter to them. Among the key topics the initiative focuses on are climate justice, gun violence prevention, women's health rights and access, and voting. You can show your support for Women's March Chicago by purchasing items from its boutique, including t-shirts, hats, and buttons.

Finishing up the list at #6 is The BOMA Project, which works with women living in extreme poverty in the arid and semi-arid lands of Africa, which are considered one of the poorest places on the planet. The organization helps to empower women, build resilient families and communities, and instill hope. It provides grants as a simple and inexpensive way to help get small sustainable businesses up and running.

It provides grants as a simple and inexpensive way to help get small sustainable businesses up and running.

The Rural Entrepreneur Access Project implements a holistic series of sequenced interventions, with a timed exit strategy and defined criteria to ensure long-lasting success for participants and their communities. Businesses built as a result of the initiative include a butcher shop and kiosks for basic goods such as flour, sugar, and potatoes. You can make monetary donations to The BOMA Project to fund program costs and help provide business, financial, and life skills training.