U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: Defending Women in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

Womankind Worldwide has helped more than 18 million women and their families across the globe over the last 26 years with issues of discrimination, poverty, and violence. The organization sees the newly passed U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a path toward the future and as a way to engage all levels of government and civil society in the safety and empowerment of women and their families.

Claire Hickson is the Head of Policy and Communications at Womankind Worldwide. She has over 15 years’ experience working in international development policy and advocacy, working for the UK Department for International Development in London and Nigeria, Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, international NGO Saferworld and as a consultant to a wide range of international organizations, including Amnesty International UK, Farm Africa, Self Help Africa and Save the Children UK.

What is the mission of your organization and how does it differ from the other women based organizations?

We are an international women’s rights organization. The partnership principle is central to what we do, and is what defines us. Rather than having our own staff in countries across the world, we work with organizations that focus on women’s rights in those countries. We believe this is the most effective way to promote women’s rights at a local and global level. We support partners with funding and by helping build their capacity. We work with them on how they advocate locally but we also work with them on international advocacy.

How were the countries Womankind supports chosen and why?

We try to select organizations that work across the countries across the three continents in which we work: Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The availability of suitable partners is important to our selection of countries. We work with organizations that are a good fit for what we are doing. We have long term relationships with our partners. It’s not about just providing funding but long-term support.