Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide
Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice

Protecting Women's Rights

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The goal of this work is to improve the livelihoods of low-income women by strategically addressing inequality and discrimination.

The Challenge

Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours and produce half of the world's food. Yet, they earn only 10 percent of the world's income and own less than 1 percent of the world's property. Among the poorest and most at risk in almost every community, women and girls encounter an uphill struggle to realize their human rights to equality and dignity.

Although many constitutions and laws around the world outlaw gender discrimination, in practice women and girls still face enormous bias.

What We're Doing

We support efforts to fully implement laws and international commitments that address women's inequality and discrimination; and build effective women's networks and human rights organizations that attempt to prevent and remedy structural causes of gender inequality and discrimination.

A critical aspect of this work is to strengthen the leadership opportunities of marginalized women by equipping them with a voice to articulate the problems that affect their lives; craft solutions that help solve these problems; and contribute to practical, legal and policy changes that advance women's human rights and achieve a broader and more meaningful social justice.

Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.




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