In honor of World Women’s Day on March 8th, Women Deliver announced today Women Deliver 50, a list of the 50 most inspiring solutions and ideas impacting women and girls globally. These range from advocacy efforts to innovative technologies and from grassroots efforts to government programs.
According to Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver Founder and President,Â â€œThe solutions on this list show that with ingenuity, drive and dedication, we can build a better world for girls and women. We are proud to celebrate these organizations and programs, which are pioneering real, lasting, social change at the local and global levels. We have seen time and time again that when we invest in girls and women, entire societies benefit.â€�
These ideas are focused all over the world, with 25 in sub-Saharan Africa, 9 in Asia, 5 in the Middle East and North Africa, 4 in Latin America, and 2 in Europe and North America; the rest are globally reaching.
Below are a few of the inspiring ideas and innovations chosen forÂ Women Deliver 50:
- Backpack Farm, Kenya & South Sudan: Backpack Farm strives to provide small-scale farmers, many of whom are women, with everything they need to improve crop production in one backpack. This social enterprise model allows women to earn more money to invest in their familyâ€™s education and health and their communityâ€™s needs by increasing the quality and quantity of produce harvested.
- Abriendo Oportunidades, Guatemala: Population Councilâ€™sÂ Abriendo Oportunidades program works to support indigenous Mayan girls in Guatemala to rise out of poverty. The program provides girls with mentorship, personal and professional development skills and leadership opportunities.
- Girls Not Brides, Global: The Elders launchedÂ Girls Not Brides in 2011 as a partnership among 80 global non-governmental organizations to end child marriage. This effortsÂ brings community leaders and activists together to raise awareness and promote action to address the impact of child marriage around the world and ensure that girls everywhere can reach their full potential.
Check out the full list of inspiring ideas and solutions!