Since its beginnings, The Womanity Foundation has worked with its partners, collaborators and friends to help innovate and make an impact on the women’s empowerment around the world.

4,048

Girls protected from the risks of child labor.

1,300,000

Listeners tuning into Radio Nisaa in Palestine, and the Arabic radio fiction across the Middle East and North Africa.

33,000

Girls (and boys) provided with a quality education and vocational training in Afghanistan.

6,974

Women artisans and construction workers have been supported by WomenChangeMakers social entrepreneurs.

Womanity Impact

Empowering women through innovative solutions

Since its creation in 2005 (then the Smiling Foundation), the Foundation has collaborated with partners to find innovative solutions to empowering women and girls, and to strive towards ending gender inequality around the world. Its strategic focus areas are education and training, giving women a voice through media, protection against violence and economic and social empowerment. Take a moment to view our films and see how Womanity has made a difference.

Womanity now supports programs in Afghanistan, Brazil, Lebanon, India, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Watch our one-minute films created for Womanity’s 10th anniversary and be inspired by the difference that investing in women and girls makes to the whole of society.

If you are inspired to make a difference to the lives of women and girls in your community, pledge your Womanity on this page and join our pledge wall of action! To donate to innovate in women’s empowerment visit our donate page.

Womanity in Film

Educated girls marry later, have fewer children who are healthier and in-turn better educated. Educated girls benefit their families, societies and the world. Supportive communities, competent teachers and well-equipped schools are essential ingredients for a quality education. Meet 14-year old Rabia in this video. She studies at the largest girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is determined to become a medical doctor and help her family, community and country. Like Rabia, more than 20,000 Afghan girls have gained access to a quality education in state schools across the country supported by the Womanity Foundation since 2007. As a result, girls are learning more, with more enthusiasm and have brighter prospects.
Educated girls marry later, have fewer children who are healthier and in-turn better educated. Educated girls benefit their families, societies and the world. Supportive communities, competent teachers and well-equipped schools are essential ingredients for a quality education. Meet 14-year old Rabia in this video. She studies at the largest girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is determined to become a medical doctor and help her family, community and country. Like Rabia, more than 20,000 Afghan girls have gained access to a quality education in state schools across the country supported by the Womanity Foundation since 2007. As a result, girls are learning more, with more enthusiasm and have brighter prospects.
Traditional and new media play a key role in shaping public debate. They are powerful channels to showcase the role of women in society, to mainstream women´s voices and to confront all too often widespread female stereotypes. Meet Maysoun in this video. She runs Nisaa FM, the first women-led commercial radio station in the Middle East. Her quest is to produce radio programs packed with stories and information that will inspire and empower Palestinian women listeners, while also challenging and engaging men. Maysoun has experienced first hand how giving women a voice contributes to their active participation in all aspects of society. She is working with the Womanity Foundation to expand her radio model across the Middle East.
One in three women have experienced violence in their lives, while in no country are women equal to men. Meet Vanessa and her colleagues at the Brazilian women right’s organization Promundo in this video. They know that boys and men have to be part of the solution to address the global gender crisis. Promundo has devised a way of empowering boys and men to become champions for girls and women in their communities. Promundo won a Womanity Award to help replicate their concept in Lebanon.
2015 marks a decade since Womanity began working to empower and realize the rights of women and girls. We have been celebrating our learning, achievements and growth. And, now we are gearing up for a future of innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships. Join us! Share what empowering women and girls means to you. Visit our #pledgeyourwomanity wall and make your own pledge to empower women and girls.
Since 2005, the Womanity Foundation has grown from a powerful idea into an organization that empowers women and girls in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Haiti, Morocco, Israel, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and across the Middle East. Along the way, we’ve seen how progress accelerates when women and girls are supported to shape their own futures and participate fully in society. And, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to empower them. Join us as we explore what it takes to empower women and girls in this series of thematic video.
With employable skills, women can improve their incomes and status in society. Meet Ana in this video. She recently graduated from Brazil’s first construction skills training centre for women. Her new skills in masonry, tile-laying and painting have given her a steady income. The Mulher Em Construcao (MEC) training centre is a social enterprise founded by WomenChangeMakers Fellow Maria Beatriz Kern. Maria supports the recruitment and training of women construction workers in Brazil’s booming building industry. Maria and her team aim to use the Fellowship to train 2,000 new female construction workers every year for the next three years. This innovative approach is empowering many.

What we've learnt

At Womanity, we recognize the importance of monitoring and learning. Through collaborations, innovation and action-learning, Womanity has developed approaches which are benefitting millions of women and girls and their communities. See our infographics on how Womanity's solutions are overcoming challenges for women and girls.

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Inspired by what you’ve read? Why not make a pledge to further women and girls’ empowerment in your community? Make your pledge here and we will include it on our Pledge Wall of action!
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  • “I pledge to relentlessly invest in giving women the courage to voice their aspirations and become strong members of society.”
    Maysoun Odeh Gangat
  • “I pledge to again visit and bear witness to the transformational work of the Womanity Foundation, and bring awareness and positive action to the cause.”
    Rosanna Arquette
  • “To use my knowledge, skills and abilities to empower women and have a voice in their lives, relationships and society.  Learning and development,  and life coaching support or opportunities strengthen women's skills, potential,  abilities and voice. That's what I pledge to offer for free in 2016 via my Facebook page.”
    Ennie Chipembere