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HISTORY AND MISSION

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-profit organization. We invest in women leaders who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying leaders with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality. What sets Vital Voices apart is that we make long-term, holistic investments in leaders with bold ideas for change — providing them connections, increased capacity, a network of their peers, financial support, skills training, and visibility for their work. We have provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, US Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award-winning innovators, pioneering human rights defenders, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs. Over the past 24 years, we have directly invested in more than 20,000 change-makers across 184 countries and territories, who in turn have improved the lives of millions of people in their communities and countries.

In 1997, Vital Voices was created to make space for women to be heard. Our founders knew then what has now become a universal truth: that women are key to progress in their communities. We know that when women advance, so do societies. Today, our organization is the product of the women with whom we have worked and the leadership and insight they bring to our changing world.

Why We Invest In Leaders

We invest in leaders because they take on the responsibility to improve their communities, their countries, and their societies. By exhibiting visionary thinking and taking risks to innovate, they strengthen laws, create jobs, change cultures and defend freedoms, making change that ripples out into the global community.

We partner with women who practice leadership that unites and inspires people. Each leader in our global network believes in mentoring the rising generation and shares her knowledge, experience, and influence with others. Our investment in one leader has an impact on thousands more.

We know that one intervention is not enough to support women leaders who are on the frontlines of change in their communities. Making long-term investments in the women leaders who have the vision and commitment to make a lasting change means offering continued support. We work with women leaders over many years, providing them with the technical skills, visibility and partnerships they need to continue to push for progress.

 

 

Image depicting Vital Voices impact in 2020