WCI has been empowering women with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to transform their lives and their communities since its founding in 1998. Through our programs, WCI works with political, business and civil society leaders, local in-country organizations, and passionate local partners to ensure that women have an opportunity to participate in the development of public policy, placing women’s issues on local, national and regional agendas. WCI's implements programming in four main sectors:
WCI’s social mobilization curriculum includes trainings in grassroots organizing, health messaging, and action planning, preparing women with the tools that they need to make positive, measurable change in their communities. As agents of change, these advocates learn to identify community issues, raise awareness, and engage key stakeholders.
WCI equips women to take a larger role in household financial decisions and start their own businesses through training in business and financial literacy skills, entrepreneurship, and basic budgeting. WCI has found programs that encourage women’s economic ventures will significantly increase women’s self-confidence, their ability to manage household finances, and ultimately impact broader social change.
In order to 'get women a seat at the table' WCI trains women in political participation, campaign skills, and community involvement. Through working with elected officials, women's caucuses and other relevant groups, WCI provides training and assistance to increase local women's ability to participate in decision-making processes on local, state and national levels.
Working with civil society groups, WCI creates trainings, programs, and media campaigns focused on enhancing the advocacy and leadership skills of women leaders, thereby increasing their ability to effectively participate in conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution, and peacebuilding efforts. WCI educates communities and leaders about the importance of engaging women in the peacebuilding process, leading to peaceful solutions to community and national conflicts.