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Since 2019, Women Forward has established a smashingly successful track record.  We have partnered with over a dozen leading university programs, 20 partner organizations, 18 artists, and over 30 leading practitioners in the field of international relations to advance women for the advancement of humanity. Our alumni network, the WFI Counsel of Leopards, and our accompanying events, especially our annual Vanguard with our primary partners, UNITAR at the United Nations, have engaged with thousands of individuals, students, non-profits, private sector businesses and government agencies globally. Over the next five years we expect our impact to more than double. 


With sustained funding over the next five years, WFI’s programs will continue to advance women and the Sustainable Development Goals in four key areas:


Women’s Leadership in Conflict Resolution 

WFI is supporting programs that seek to end the long-standing inequity in the representation of women’s voices in leadership in conflict resolution, allowing women to create and advocate for the policies that affect them, their families, and their overall health and well-being. 


WFI’s Women’s Leadership in Conflict Resolution programs will impact:

500,000 Women


Women’s Economic Empowerment 

Women Forward International is committed to supporting the development of vital frameworks that facilitate and empower women’s entry into and full contribution to the economy.  


WFI’s Women’s Economic Empowerment programs will impact:

62,500 Women


Women in Sustainable Systems 

WFI supports the equal inclusion, participation, and compensation of women playing vital roles in developing and maintaining sustainable systems in food, farming, and fashion.


WFI’s Women in Sustainable Systems programs will impact:

250,000 Women in Farming Families


Women’s Education 

WFI supports the established finding that educating women leads to an increase in quality of life for women and families with regard to financial freedom, social inclusion, and awareness of issues that impact their health and well-being.


WFI’s Women’s Education program will impact:

7,500 Women

Pro Mujer is working with JP Morgan “Women on the Move” volunteers who will be mentoring companies in Pro Mujer’s portfolio using the Gender Lens Investing (GLI) workshop developed with the support of WFI.

Our program with the Sustainable Food Trust and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences led to the incorporation of gender-based and race outcome metrics to its current framework, the Global Farm Metric. It is currently being tested in farms in the United States and adapted to be used in our program in Malawi next year.

Our project with Pro Mujer and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs led to the creation of a ‘gender scorecard’ now being used by 17 companies in Mexico to identify gaps in supporting and investing in women entrepreneurs.


"What we heard today thanks to the work that you [WFI] and so many are doing, investing in education, enabling that potential to be realized… The toolkit that we at Georgetown have been working on with the students and our scholars, testing with Afghan women and being responsive to the request from Afghan women, help us show that our deep faith, Islamic faith, is consistent with women’s rights."

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Founding Partner Seneca Point Global

"...James Baldwin said, 'The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.' It means everything to me to see these words come alive in this work and in WFI's mission."

Jillian Montilla

Sciences Po PRESAGE Student

"I feel really moved after the event we had tonight. This is the conclusion of a project that meant a lot for myself personally, Radical Girlsss as a group of young migrant women meaning to empower other young migrant women, and for the European Network of Migrant Women as a whole. None of it would have been possible without you, your flexibility, your support, your encouragement, your positivity and your kindness!"

Alyssa Ahrabare

Project Officer at the European Network of Migrant Women

"What an immense pleasure it's been to work with both organizations (WFI and Sustainable Food Trust) in developing a True Cost Accounting tool that includes action towards racial and gender equity...The relationship built between the three organizations is new and yet has already produced great outcomes.  We look forward to continuing the relationship and can't wait to see what SFT and WFI do next."


Louise Erskine

MPS Student, Cornell University,

International Agriculture & Rural Development

"Already WFI’s support for this project has been life-changing for our students."

Ambassador Nancy McEldowney

National Security Advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris

"WFI’s visionary model of experiential learning
is changing the game for graduate education in international affairs.

Sienna Tompkins

Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service 

"I have rarely encountered people who were so adept and thoughtful about how to get the best out of projects like these, and what to do with the insights they generated.”

Professor Herman Leonard

Harvard Business School

"[The report] allowed us to understand the challenges and the limitations these women face, and to determine the most effective ways to empower them to overcome those challenges."


Rocio Cavazos

Founder and Managing Partner

The Ananda Group

"We will be able to build on [these
recommendations] to strengthen what we have been doing and to develop new projects and programs."

Natalia Wills

Country Representative Mexico
Pro Mujer

"The culminating conference was an impressive collective of individuals making a difference in the world and I know our students were honored to be a part of it."

Suzanne Hollmann

   Director of the Capstone Program

Columbia University SIPA

"Truly a spellbinding aura you helped to create this and your colleagues and the panel gave all those avid listeners and aspiring agents of change some very profound shoulders to stand on!"

Gerald Hildebrand

   Director of the Center for Social Impact, Lynn University about our event

“A Call for a New Humanity”


"I am so moved by the efforts of all the constituencies affiliated with WFI and the most prescient understanding that the Arts are a vital means for communicating, displaying and endorsing social justice around the world."

Janice Koch, Ph.D.

   Professor Emerita of Science Education, Hofstra University

"Instead of typical think-tank talking heads and the drone of stats and theories, [WFI] it presented a living sense of courageous, creative women charting a real path to change."

Ellis Pines

 Vice President, Brand Strategy, Radancy, LLC

“We consider our deliveries of food and clothing vehicles for love. We think the love and connection we create with people will help far more than just the products that we are able to deliver to them. Thanks to this sponsored impact study by Women Forward, the next step for WPE is to really show that the human centered process works.”

Erica Brooks

 Chief Growth Officer, White Pony Express


WFI’s partnership with the Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) and Yale University led to the refinement of the Gender Equity Index where at least 2 companies who work with a total of 10,000 farming families will begin the process to improve their services for women.

WFI’s partnership with Sciences Po and European Network of Migrant Women led to the creation of a capacity-building toolkit that will be used to train and empower 370 people in its first year.

Inspired by the research and recommendations of a Harvard Kennedy School team sponsored by WFI in 2020, The Ananda Group created The Association of Vegan Entrepreneurs of Mexico (“EVM”), a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs who are empowering consumers to adopt environmentally conscious and healthy lifestyles.

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Assisting communities and organizations to achieve broader positive social change through partnering with private sector, academic, and non-profit organizations to identify research and implement solutions critical to human progress.

Ultimate Goal:

Advance Women to Advance Humanity by Bridging the Mind with the Heart

Intermediate outcomes: Documented short-term, changes, benefits, learning, actions, and effects that result from WFI interventions within target communities and partner organizations. These evidence-based, short-term steps increase the probability of contributing to social change by stimulating changes in users’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior. WFI enhances that probability with women-based activities across cultures and nations.  


  • Advance Women to Advance Humanity

    • A nation’s Life Satisfaction Level is positively correlated with its Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM)[1]

      • Residents of countries with greater gender equality are, on average, more satisfied with their lives than are residents of societies with less gender equality. 

    • Narrowing the gender gap by empowering women economically can add $12 trillion to the global GDP by 2025[2]

    • Female education is proven to have a multitude of advantages globally

      • GDP rises by 0.3 percent per each 1 percent increase in female education participation

      • Educated women are likely to give back to the community than her male counterparts

      • Children born to literate mothers are 50 percent more likely to survive past age five than children born to illiterate mothers.

  • Action-Oriented Research as a Path Forward

    • Research is important to ensure that development programs are appropriate to the needs they aim to address.[3]

    • The gap between research and implementation needs to be bridged by ensuring research is actionable[4]


The underlying beliefs about how a project will work, the people involved and the context. These are sometimes implicit in a logic model or theory of change, but it can be useful to state them explicitly.

  • The research recommendations produced by graduate students are feasible and implementable by on-the-ground partners in the near and long-term

  • The research recommendations produced have direct impact on the communities in question

  • The collaborations forged between WFI, universities, and organizations are multiyear to ensure long-term impact for the beneficiaries served

  • The arts will impact and shift perspectives and behavior regarding key international affairs issues

  • Communities as a whole will benefit as a result of empowering and advancing women

Program Objectives and Intended Results:

Knowledge and Skills

  • Increase theoretical and practical knowledge among students about the issue of study and how it impacts the mission of the partner organization, the wider community, and humanity

  • Increase knowledge and capacity among partner organizations to implement innovative, cost-effective solutions benefitting women in their communities

  • Attitudes & Behaviors

    •  Inspire a culture of unity, collaboration, and service among the next generation of leaders and changemakers

      • Reorient student research and projects towards service that contributes to the betterment of women and their communities

      • Inspire students to pursue careers in service to the betterment of women and their communities

    • Raise awareness on the role of the arts and humanities as a means of transcending outmoded social, political, and economic systems and structures

      • Include and promote of the arts and humanities within academia, academic spaces and discourse

      • Encourage students to artistically and/or creatively engage an audience beyond the academic


WFI will stimulate activities for projects and organizations that raise the probability of intermediate outcomes.

  • Partnership Building

    • Connecting and forging new relationships with university, government, NGO, Artists and private sector partners that share our mission

  • Creating Programs

    • Creating and strategizing overarching annual programming

    • Co-creating program proposals with our partner organization to ensure the partner’s, university’s, and our organization’s needs are met

  • Curating Global Events

    • End of academic cycle event with the UN featuring presentations of our programs by the research teams and affiliated partner organizations

    • Counsel of Leopards and Arts Counsel events to engage our university and organization partners along with the greater community of stakeholders beyond the direct scope of the program

      • Artist Exhibitions

      • Fireside Chats

      • Podcasts

      • Film Screenings

  • Hosting Advisory Committee and Subcommittee Meetings

    • Convening our advisory members to discuss and gain feedback and advice on key programmatic developments

  • Documentary Film

    • Creating a documentary film about this turning point in human history inspired by human unity entitled “The Hour”


Program Inputs and Resources necessary to generate activities and program results:

The resources that go into the project that a team or organization needs to be able to carry out its activities.

  • Funds

    • To support student/researcher stipends to produce the report

    • To support the on-the-ground partner’s implementation of the recommendations provided by the report

    • To finance the creation of the docuseries and film “The Hour”

  • Time

    • WFI staff time

    • Time for program completion (duration)

  • Energy

    • Careful strategizing

    • Enthusiasm

    • Love

    • Passion

    • Positivity and optimism


Products, services or facilities that result from an organization or project’s activities generated in part by WFI programs. These are often expressed quantitatively; for example, number of users, how many sessions they receive and the amount of contact they had with a project.

  • Cost-effective, action-driven, and high-quality research with implementable solutions (write ups, reports, articles)

  • Bringing together well-suited and mutually beneficial university and organizational partners to make relevant research actionable.

  • Podcast, videos, and web resources that help raise awareness of a given issue both within and outside of the impacted communities


Conditions or factors that need to be present or absent to allow an organization or project’s work to succeed. The presence or absence of enablers can help or hinder a project. There are two kinds of enablers:

  • Internal enablers need to exist inside an organization for a theory of change to work and are mostly within an organization or project’s control. Internal enablers describe the mechanisms by which an organization delivers its work (such as the quality of services, relationships and the values and attitudes of staff).

    • Collaborative and teamwork-driven work structure

    • Timely and consistent outreach with partners to maintain strong long-term relationships

    • Strategic selection and expansion of Arts Counsel and Counsel of Leopards network to ensure continued long-term engagement

  • External enablers need to exist in the external environment for a theory of change to work and are often beyond an organization or project’s immediate control. External enablers describe the context in which an organization works (such as social, cultural, economic and political factors, laws, regulations, and working with other organizations).

    • International affairs and arts-focused university programs and on-the-ground partners interested in research-driven interventions

    • Experts, artists, activists, entrepreneurs and practitioners to participate in our global events, fireside chats, documentary, and podcast





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