100% of your donations go toward funding programs and projects such as those noted on this page. Thank you for supporting our efforts to help women throughout the world.
HerRights projects are aligned to three action items:
We review, select and fund promising, high-impact projects presented by partner or sister organizations
Where gaps exist, we pilot our own programs
Our Grievance Cell Based Model (GCBM) projects offer help to victims and organizations who reach out to us with their stories, communicating an urgent need for support. GCBM projects are designed to offer anonymity to protect the victims and individuals involved.
Resource facilitation, victim support
Prevention and Awareness
Support, proliferation and implementation of human rights through policy-level intervention
Let's Talk is a series of guided conversations exploring gender roles and their effect on gender equality. The first two segments were held in Phoenix, Arizona on December 16th, 2017.
Guria is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting child prostitution and sex trafficking in Northern India through education and vocational training programs offered in the Varanasi red light district.
Anka Cooperative is a social enterprise created to empower Syrian women refugees ro achieve cultural integration and self-sufficiency. The program teaches transferable skills and provides pathways to employment.
ASFI Acid Survivor Foundation India (ASFI) is one of the leading NGO’s in India for prevention of acid burn violence. As well, support services to acid survivors are provided through a network of chapters and partners.
Venture for HerRights
Venture for HerRights is a novel concept for women's wearable safety devices. It was formulated with minimum viable product design and a draft business plan, and published on HerRights platforms to serve as a seed to to inspire technology and business ideas that foster social justice. HerRights believes the world can be made better through the multiplier effect: inspire and support great ideas, which in-turn, inspire more. We hope to spark like minds to create similar proposals that can be developed as open source projects for vested entrepreneurs to adopt and launch.
Faces of Feminism
Faces of Feminism features awareness videos that explore women's experiences in a patriarchal society. The effort is part of a larger multi-year endeavor,
Food For Thought, in which HerRights generates and publishes material that draws attention to women's issues, celebrates the triumphs of gender heroes, and highlights nuances of gender inequality.
Let's Talk Event
This edition was held on October 6 , 2018 in partnership with New Leaf (previously AWEE). Titled Why Women Get Stuck, the event featured a panel discussion followed by workshops on career advancement to foster empowered employment and financial independence. Over 80 women attended, participated in mock interviews, and received training and mentorship to assist in job searches, career advancement and self-development.
Women's Empowerment Summit
As part of the Maricopa Community Colleges 2019 Women's Empowerment Summit, HerRights led this brainstorming session at Mesa Community College. The focus was on issues affecting women worldwide and here at home. Topics included female genital mutilation, acid attack and child marriage, among others. The goal was to voice a call to action of local champions for global issues, and to form action plans for holistic gender equality. The event was attended by more than 100 women including nonprofit leaders, governement employees, and students.
Meet, Learn and Act Together
This HerRights event was held in Atta Galata, Bangalore, India to discuss women's rights, issues affecting women post-MeToo, and opportunities of collaborations between Indian and U.S. nonprofits focused on gender. The event was attended by prominent Bangalore nonprofits including Buzz Women, Child Free India, Noor Health, and Citizens for Bengaluru. Leaders connected on issues like women's health, tribal and economically marginalized women, and discrimination against childless wome. Two collaborations for further action formed as a result of the meeting.
Awareness Handouts on Acid Attacks and Sexual Harassment
An initiative to provide concise and accurate information on acid attacks and sexual harassment to both victims and allies. The goal is to promote awareness and knowledge that will help all of us to fight back.
Let's Talk goes virtual
During the pandemic, Let's Talk events were held virtually and focused on the impact of Covid-19 on gender inequality (notable exacerbation of all problems that existed prior). HerRights partner My Choices joined the dialogue in 2020, and showcased activists tenaciously working toward mitigation and awareness of domestic violence and female infanticide. Special guest Reicha Tanwar weighed in on the education of girls, and Jinat Rehana Islam, from Feminism.com offered insight on the struggle of low-income single mothers.
Love in the Time of COVID
A fundraiser to benefit women affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those facing unemployment and wage reduction.
Gender Rights Crisis - Afghanistan
Since the exit of the United States from Afghanistan, women and LGBTQ communities have been abruptly placed in high risk situations. Most are facing a loss of freedom and access to work; many are in danger of losing their lives. As an immediate intervention, HerRights partnered with Afghan American activist, Nemat Sadat (Roshaniya, Behesht Collective) to help get high risk individuals out of the country. Roshaniya and Behesht continue to assist rescued LGBTQ individuals and those in distress by raising funds, organizing escape flights and asylum, and driving awareness on attacks and criminal persecution in Afghanistan against women and LGBTQ individuals. Between August and early September 2021, 253 individuals were assisted with evacuation and asylum-seeking in various countries including Pakistan, the UK and Uganda.
Is it Getting Better... or Worse?
Historical perspective and current realities... let's get on the same page with these informational handouts (click to read and share):
PeaceMaker Program Campaign
HerRights is raising money this year to support sister org, My Choices Foundation, so they can continue their urgent work in the trenches helping women, children and families live free from violence, abuse and sexual exploitation in more than 6,500 locations across the nation of India.
The *PeaceMaker Program* trains local women to identify signs of domestic violence in their communities and help women reach positive outcomes. PeaceMakers go door-to-door to educate women on their rights and help prevent abuse by running awareness workshops in schools and communities. They also provide support to survivors of abuse through specialized programs at community counseling centers. Each PeaceMaker provides services to around 50 families per year.
A donation of only $43 supports one PeaceMaker's honorarium for one month, and covers expenses toward: field travel to reach out to potential clients, weekly travel to counseling centers to review client needs, travel with the client to the police station or hospital etc. if required, conduct community awareness programs, and regular follow up (in person and via phone) with women who are already receiving help.
For $516, you can support a Peacemaker for an entire year. In one year, a single PeaceMaker reaches 50 families to prevent abuse, and provide support to women experiencing violence, abuse and sexual exploitation.
Why is this important? Violence Against Women – India
A survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the most dangerous country in the world for women.
Violence against women includes killing, sexual assault and rape, disfigurement (acid attack), and other forms of brutality. Violence within the confines of the home continues to be a serious concern in India, made worse through the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Commission for Women registered over 6,900 complaints in the ‘protection of women against domestic violence’ category in 2022. These cases accounted for around 23% of the 30,900-plus complaints across different categories of crimes against women. The number of total complaints across categories rose over 30% between 2020 and 2021. How many more women and girls will be hurt?
Do You Need Help?
We know these topics can be triggering. If you or someone you know needs help, use these resources:
• Domestic Violence Helpline: 800-212-9131 / 9333-404-141
• Sex Trafficking Helpline: 800-419-8588
HerRights' student case competition was established with the goal of developing the activist entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The program, which runs with the tagline DO WELL BY DOING GOOD, offers participants the opportunity to develop and pitch viable business plans for novel tech ideas that serve humanity and help drive social justice. Contestants complete orientation and training to prepare them for a "Shark Tank" style final pitch that can earn them multiple rewards including connections to tech companies that offer internships, scholarships and mentoring. Viable ideas may be shared with angel investors. Mentors and guest judges hail from Tech Leadership and academic communities. This is a great opportunity to develop next-gen tech leaders who will not only run successful businesses, but do so with a social conscience.
Child marriage threatens the lives, wellbeing and futures of girls around the world.
Child marriage refers to any formal marriage or informal union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child. While the prevalence of child marriage has slightly decreased worldwide – from one in four girls married a decade ago, to approximately one in five today – the practice remains widespread. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 million girls were expected to marry before their eighteenth birthday in the next decade. Now, up to 10 million more will be at risk of becoming child brides as a result of the pandemic.
HerRights joins other organizations focused on gender rights and sustainable development in calling for global action to end this human rights violation by 2030.
Child marriage is the result of entrenched gender inequality, making girls disproportionately affected by the practice. Globally, the prevalence of child marriage among boys is just one sixth that among girls. Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and threatens their lives and health.
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