CHERIE BLAIR FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
Empowering women is one of the smartest investments we can make.
The Cherie Blair Foundation For Women helps release the potential of women entrepreneurs, so they can redefine the future. With their support, women and girls are able to start and grow successful businesses – and reclaim the rights and freedoms they are too often denied. As a result, they earn a better living – but that’s only the beginning. Families flourish. Communities prosper. Attitudes shift. Economies grow.
And women move the world in a whole new direction.
For every woman and girl who has discovered the power of being an entrepreneur, so many more are held back. They are denied the knowledge, skills and self-belief an entrepreneur needs. They are doubted by those around them. They can’t access the credit or resources a business depends on to succeed.
With partners around the world, the Foundation offers training, mentoring and knowledge, and opens doors to finance, markets, contacts and networks. They use technology to help women connect, learn and push boundaries, and press for change to stop women entrepreneurs being held back.
The GCF community is proud to be part of the 100,000 Women Campaign, to be launched January 2020.
Currently, all over the world women earn less than men and are more likely to own micro, vulnerable and informal businesses. Women are less likely to have access to assets, property and financial services. They are far more likely to shoulder the burden of unpaid work. This not only restricts economic opportunities and livelihoods for families around the world: it means half the world’s population being denied basic human rights.
We exist to help women redefine the future. In our first decade, we reached 143,500.
Now, we are increasing the scale, breadth and impact of our work.
To help 100,000 more women in just three years, we need to raise £10 million.
The entrepreneurship programmes, products and services enable the Foundation to work with local partners to provide tailored training and guidance for women entrepreneurs. They also deliver game-changing business apps and financial services and support. As a result, entrepreneurs can transform their businesses – and their futures.
The Mentoring Women in Business Programme matches women in low and middle income countries with male and female mentors around the world. Using the Foundation's online platform, they work one-to-one for 12 months to share new perspectives, build new skills and take their businesses to a whole new level.
The Advocacy Programme helps women and girls gain a voice to shout loud for change. To help create a world where women and girls can build businesses on an equal footing with men, the Cherie Blair Foundation For Women advocates for change locally, nationally and internationally. Their expertise, network and experience mean they are perfectly placed to address the systemic and institutional barriers that hold women and girls back.
Through research, we believe that the more we learn, the clearer the case gets for women entrepreneurs. Strategic research partnerships, analysis of impact and qualitative studies involving the women and girls they work with; reveal the barriers and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs – and build the case for an ecosystem that helps women thrive.
Download their annual reports and reviews, here.