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For Women’s History Month, Philanthropedia Celebrates 6 Top Women’s Issues Nonprofits

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health epidemic, and major barrier to solving global challenges such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, and famine. According to the United Nations, up to seventy percent of women experience some form of violence in their lifetime. Although methods vary, violence against women has always been, and continues to be, a global epidemic that knows no national or cultural barriers. The most prevalent forms of violence are rape and domestic abuse. However, practices such as female infanticide, acid throwing, dowry deaths, bride burnings, and honor killings are still widely performed around the globe today.

While the physical effects of violence are devastating in their own right, the emotional and psychological toll is even more detrimental. But violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.

Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, uses an expert driven research methodology to rank verified charities according to how well they achieve their respective fields’ mission. To learn more about their ranking process, visit here.

In 2011, Philanthropedia surveyed seventy-seven experts working in the field of female violence prevention in order to identify those organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in the field.

Here are the 3 most outstanding nonprofits in the category of International Violence Against Women, as ranked by Philanthropedia Experts:

#1) Global Fund for Women: The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. We bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.

#2) UN Women: The main roles of UN Women are: To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

#3) V-Day: V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely. V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now. V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities. V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching the violence. V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community.

To learn more about the featured nonprofits and see the full list of rankings, visit Philanthropedia’s International Violence Against Women landing page.

In 2013, 134 National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice experts recommended these top 3 outstanding nonprofits for woman’s health services, clinical care, advocacy and policy organizations.

Here are the 3 most outstanding nonprofits in the category of Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, as ranked by Philanthropedia Experts:

#1) Guttmacher Institute: The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.

#2) Center for Reproductive Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.

#3) Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.

To learn more about the featured nonprofits and see the full list of rankings, visit Philanthropedia’s National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice 2013 landing page.

We invite your feedback. Please share with us your thoughts on how to best prevent violence against women, as well as what experiences you’ve had with these great organizations! You can reach me (Jasmine Marrow), manager of Philanthropedia research at

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