Women's Empowerment Fund
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The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program works with women in the communities where they live, and partners with trusted local organizations to ensure sustainable results. The Women's Empowerment Fund gives women the tools to become powerful forces for positive change in their own lives, in their families, and in their communities. Contributions to the Fund in any amount are grouped together to meet a wide range of critical needs including:
- Providing girls and women an education
- Expanding women's economic opportunities
- Increasing women's legal rights
- Combating human trafficking
- Ending violence against women
- Promoting women's political participation
Trained more than 1,200 women in vocational skills, marketing, and enterprise development in Pakistan. As a direct result, these women have started over 400 new small businesses, significantly increasing their families' incomes.
The Asia Foundation is a founding supporter of Women for Prosperity, a local Cambodian organization dedicated to increasing women's political participation. Since 1994, Women for Prosperity has worked to strengthen women's leadership skills, promote women's legal rights and advocacy, train female candidates to successfully win seats in national and local elections, and build solidarity among women leaders across political party lines and provincial borders.
In Nepal, Foundation partners provided legal aid and psychosocial support to 345 trafficking victims and witnesses, resulting in 59 cases filed in court and nine convictions. Many of these victims sought help after seeing Foundation-supported interactive theater performances on the dangers of trafficking, which reached over 60,000 people in rural Nepal.