Vital Voices

Politics and Leadership, Violence Against Women, Economic Opportunity

Geography: Global

Founded: 1997


1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. Founded by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 1997, the organization trains and mentors women leaders as agents of transformative change in economic development, human rights and political participation. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network includes more than 10,000 leaders representing 144 countries who have trained and mentored 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities.

Vital Voices invests in women’s leadership through programs concentrated in three areas of development:

  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurship – We advance women’s economic engagement by removing barriers to women’s entrepreneurship, bringing small and medium enterprises to scale, and increasing women’s access to finance, markets and policymaking.                                                                      
  • Human Rights – We advance women’s rights to be free from domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful traditional practices by training lawyers, judges and law enforcement, both men and women, to effectively pass or implement laws on violence against women and human trafficking crimes.                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Political and Public Leadership – We advance women’s advocacy and participation in government and civil society through communications and campaign training, coalition building and civil society engagement.