About WomenStrong

WomenStrong International finds, funds, strengthens, and shares women-driven solutions that will transform lives in urban communities. Our partners start by listening to women, who know best what they need in order to thrive. Then we bring these organizations together into a Learning Lab, to develop, test, sharpen, and disseminate their solutions. Through our collective learning and sharing, WomenStrong is building a global community of organizations better equipped to advance the rights and wellbeing of women and girls.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Empowering women and girls to lead the way toward a poverty-free world.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which all women and girls are free to prosper and to live their lives in dignity and peace.

Our History

WomenStrong International grew out of the Millennium Cities Initiative, a project of Columbia University’s Earth Institute designed to help 11 sub-Saharan cities achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Over a dozen years, we saw the women in impoverished Millennium City communities rely on their own creativity, perseverance, and grit to provide for their families; these women became our go-to source of knowledge of what works, to earn a decent living and build a just and more prosperous world.

WomenStrong expanded the geographic and sociocultural focus of this urban development agenda to include member organizations in India, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, and the United States, where girls and women in impoverished settings have acquired and utilized effective tools and resources to improve their lives.

Now, WomenStrong has broadened our compass again, as we invite many more organizations to share and learn what they know, what they do, and what they have learned, as part of our WomenStrong Learning Lab.