These numbers are problematic
  • An estimated 62 million girls globally are out of school, half of whom are adolescents
  • 16 million girls between the ages 6 and 11 will never start school compared to 8 million boys
  • At the primary level only 23% of low-income countries (LICs) have achieved gender parity
  • At the secondary level only 15% of LICs have achieved gender parity
  • Over the period 2011-2020, more than 140 million girls will have become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); many will drop out of school
Educating and empowering women leads to economic development
  • Given labor market opportunities, an increase of just 1% of women who have completed secondary school can increase per capita income growth by 0.3%
  • When women’s participation in the labor market increased by 15% in Latin America over a decade, the rate of poverty decreased by 30%
  • According to the United Nations, economies in the developing world grow by 3% for every 10% increase in the number of women who receive secondary schooling
  • The average rate of return for educating a girl is 10% for each additional year of schooling, with returns highest in low and middle-income countries
  • If all girls completed 12 years of education, child marriage rates would drop by 64%
When women share positions of leadership entire communities are improved
  • The UNFPA has found that women’s empowerment and education are the single most effective strategies for reducing population growth
  • A World Bank study in Bangladesh showed that when women started small businesses to increase their income, they spent the money on improving the welfare of the family, including education for both girls and boys

Data gathered from the World Bank and The World Economic Forum. To learn more helpful statistics, please visit UN WOMEN’s Facts and Figures page.

Why Grassroots?

Grassroots organizations understand the needs of their communities because they are deeply embedded within them. The organizations we partner with are innovative and want to grow their community-led projects for greater impact. They work towards sustainable women’s empowerment by solving real problems for marginalized women.

Globally, marginalized women experience negative effects of gender inequality due to various forms of socio-cultural and structural disempowerment. This inequality often manifests itself as domestic or sexual violence and restricts women’s access to health, education, and employment opportunities.

We help grow existing programs that will enable women to better their lives through training, support services, education, leadership development, and/or access to vocational opportunities.

When we partner with organizations, we seek their counsel regarding how we can contribute to their organization’s’ growth. Because they are established in their community, we appeal to their expertise about community members: what they lack, what they strive for, areas for improvement, and inevitably how we can achieve our mutual goal of women’s empowerment together.

Our Partners

Boy With A Ball

Costa Rica

Ponheary Ly Foundation


Women’s Resource Center