Women Win 2018 Annual Report

Picturing Empowerement Photo Contest 2018, Joy of Victory by Tsewang Chuskit


Many of the first girls Women Win supported in 2007 were under fourteen years old. Those girls are now young women in their early twenties. While we have some data about the immediate impact of their experience in a sport and rights-based programme, we want to know if they are better off a decade later, and if and how their participation in our programmes contributed to helping them create a better future for themselves and their communities. In an increasingly complex world, we need to better understand how we can support other young women in becoming ‘future ready.’ In 2018, we began this enquiry in earnest.

Our grant-making strategy has focused on three key thematic areas unique to adolescent girls and young women: gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and economic empowerment. While we continue to focus on these thematic areas, over the past decade, we have developed a better understanding of the complex and nuanced interplay between them and worked towards a more holistic approach. As a result, in 2018 we began to look beyond developing the leadership and life skills of adolescent girls by better aligning our programmes to specifically support them to be better prepared for the future. Besides programmatic adjustments, we took two additional important steps towards this goal: working with the Population Council to re-visit our theory of change, and merging with Win-Win Strategies. 

Our work with the Population Council reinforced the power of our theory of change, but also made us realize that we needed to focus more on our capacity for global influence. Beyond programming excellence, we need to become more vocal and visible in every context where there is potential to advance our mission and vision. The more holistic approach to our work spurred our merger with Win-Win Strategies, an NGO that has been working to catalyse a transformative, cross-sectoral approach to sustained women’s economic empowerment. 

We are proud of the work we, and our partners, have done this year to change the lives of 616,663 number of girls in 29 countries. But we would be remiss to not ask ourselves how are we ensuring that the women who were the girls we served in 2007 are equipped to exercise their rights? We have taken some important steps in this evolving journey and remain grateful to all of our partners for their steadfast support at this critical juncture for girls and women’s rights. With that in mind, we are delighted to share our PDF icon 2018 annual report

We hope you'll continue to support us as we strive to reach our mission: To advance the playing field that empowers adolescent girls & young women through sport & play.