The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls as a central focus of U.S. diplomatic, development and defense interests.
The work of the office is organized based on four pillars: 1) Promoting the full engagement of women in the political and economic spheres; 2) Mitigating the impact of violence against women; 3) Addressing underlying socio-economic problems, including women’s access to health and education, food security, and global problems such as climate change; and 4) Ensuring that women are integrated as equal participants in reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction and development in areas affected by conflict.
We implement our policy vision for these four pillars through programming all over the world, focusing strategically on these policy areas:
All around the world, women are blazing new trails and triumphing over long-entrenched obstacles, resulting in major advancements to the development agenda and global progress. S/GWI supports these efforts by providing high-impact grants through U.S. embassies to community-based organizations working to meet the critical needs of women and girls around the world. S/GWI is funding 67 programs through public and private funding mechanisms in 40 countries (as of September 30, 2011).
In addition to fully supporting the political, economic, legal and social empowerment of women and girls, S/GWI’s global programs strengthen local organizations’ capacity to deliver development results.
If you would like to support the programs or need more information, please contact: SFundWomenandGirls@state.gov