The Obama administration, businesses, foundations, and other organizations have announced commitments totaling $50 million, along with new policies, tools, and partnerships, to expand opportunity for women and girls around the world.
Announced ahead of the first-ever United State of Women Summit this week in Washington, D.C., private- and nonprofit-sector pledges in support of the effort include a $15 million commitment by CARE to double the reach of its program for girls who were unable to finish primary school; a $3 million investment by Oracle to promote and support educational opportunities through Oracle Academy, Oracle Women's Leadership (OWL) communities, and other programs; and a $1 million commitment by the International Rescue Committee to deliver new programs for adolescent girls in the most conflict-affected nations in Africa and the Middle East.
Efforts to be launched in the United States include a Young Women's Initiative supported by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, the Women's Foundation of California, the Washington Area Women's Foundation, the Dallas Women's Foundation, the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham, the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, and the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts. To be built on cross-sector partnerships and the participation of young women themselves, the initiative will invest and leverage resources to advance equal opportunity and women's economic security, with a focus on young women of color and those experiencing the greatest disparities in life outcomes.
In addition, the Girls @ the Margin Alliance, which is led by the National Crittenton Foundation, Rights4Girls, the National Women's Law Center, the Georgetown Center on Policy and Inequality, and Girls Inc., will launch a policy platform to host and disseminate actionable recommendations aimed at ensuring that marginalized girls and young women are supported in ways that ensure their safety and enable them to heal, develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and thrive.