Economic Security and Opportunity

In 2023 WomenStrong International will start working with selected grantee partners in the area of economic security and opportunity for women. 

WomenStrong believes that it is nothing less than transformational programs that will enable women and their families to move out of poverty. Rather than those short-term strategies that may provide women with minimal supplemental income, or programs that only incrementally improve purchasing power and security, WomenStrong is looking to support and share learnings from programs that disrupt the status quo governing supply chains, ownership, and markets and amplify the power of women through the formation or strengthening of cooperatives, networks, and unions. In coming together, women can share knowledge and strategies, forcefully express their needs and demands, and leverage their collectivity against all who would deny them equal access to assets and influence. 

And so, we are seeking to build a cohort of women-led organizations striving to build the collective power of women who are willing to share their solutions and knowledge in the Learning Lab.

Specifically, we are looking to work with organizations around the world which: 

a) work with women and women cooperatives that share both their costs and their benefits;

b) are testing solutions to the immense burden of unpaid or underpaid care work, including by forming worker associations or cooperatives;

c) work with women striving for negotiating power over the market as they tackle exploitation by monopolistic control and by usurious lenders; and

d) build leadership and financial inclusion among women seeking economic independence.

We hope to cultivate the synergies between our new grantee partners working on economic security and those already in our Learning Lab, working on girls’ education, women’s health, or stopping violence against women and girls. All our grantees will come together in the Lab to explore common topics for discussion, encourage each other’s learning and growth, and share resources and lessons learned. 

About WomenStrong International

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. Learn More