Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make Donations via bank payments?
To make any bank payments, kindly use the following details:
Account Name: The Women’s Institute
Bank: GT Bank
Account Number: 219104808110
Swift Code: GTBIGHAC
Address: 25 A Castle Road, Ridge, Ambassadorial Area, Accra, Ghana.
How can I contribute to The Women’s Institute?
Thank you very much for your interest in our work – we’re delighted you’d like to help.
There are numerous ways you can get involved in supporting The Women’s Institute, ranging from getting involved in events, making a regular donation, backing our campaigns and informing your friends and family about our work.
You can get involved and contribute to our work in various vital ways by:
- Making a donation to support the vital work of our field work.
- Donating to The Women’s Institute
- Spreading the word by sharing our initiative with friends.
- Making your voice count: sign a petition
- Joining our community on Facebook.
- Joining us on Twitter.
- Share our newsletters.
- Participate in one of our events.
To make any bank payments,
Will The Women’s Initiative be expanding beyond Ghana in the future?
We know there are amazing women worldwide who want to contribute to and join The Women’s Initiative community. And while we are still an incredibly new organisation, our goal is to find ways to extend our reach beyond Ghana in the years to come.
What message do you want to send through The Women’s Institute’s efforts and events?
The most important thing we want to convey is that empowering women means enhancing a women’s ability to; make strategic choices at all life phases, obtain the career of her choice, improve the economic situation of women individually and collectively, and alter existing power structures that previously denied or underutilised women’s strengths.
Our message will be centred on:
- Establishing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
- Treating all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.
- Ensuring the health, safety and well- being of all women and men workers.
- Promoting education, training and professional development for women.
- Implementing enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
- Promoting equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
What are the main priority areas for The Women’s Institute?
We are a global champion for the human rights of women and girls. We use our diverse networks to find, fund, and amplify the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo. By shining a spotlight on critical issues, we rally communities of advocates who take action and invest money in empowering women. To advance our undertaking, we focus our mission-driven work in three signature areas where we believe we can have the most impact:
- Human and civil rights.
- Empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls.
- Health and safety of women and girls.
What values does The Women’s Institute stand for?
From national advocacy to local assistance, all of our work is guided by core values such as:
- We Are Accessible. We’re here for all women, whatever their story or background. We respect their individual needs and their aspirations. We are unwavering in our commitment.
- We Lead The Way: Pioneering new ideas, resources, programmes and connections that will make us more effective. We continually evaluate and improve our own practices, responding to women’s needs creatively.
- We Deliver Results: Our success lies in the real, positive impact we have on women’s lives, whether we’re nurturing new businesses towards a viable future, driving improvements in legislation and power structures, or contributing to social awareness. We are determined to have an effect on individual women, helping them recognise and fulfil their potential and facilitating the development of aspiration, of worth and of achievement.
- We Build Relationships: Establishing trust and understanding between ourselves and the people we work with, promoting co-operation and support between women and men, and fostering collaborations from the grass roots through to boardrooms and government departments.
- We Are Committed: Taking account of diversity by making our initiative inclusive and accessible to all sections of the community and creating an environment that respects and values all of our stakeholders.
Why should I participate in The Women’s Institute’s projects?
You should participate in our initiative because we are:
- Highly experienced, yet still will be in touch with the grass roots.
- Able to identify with the many complex challenges facing women.
- Aware that, while every woman is unique, there are common factors affecting us all.
- Professional and genuine, bringing a strategic thoughtfulness that combines tact with tactics.
- Flexible and approachable, addressing complex issues and attitudes with creativity, wit and intelligence, and always aware of the lighter side.
- Compassionate, welcoming and warm, yet highly practical, precise and influential.
- Just as comfortable speaking with authority to political power, media academics, opinion formers and international organisations, as we are talking to ambitious beginners and women terrified by anonymous corporate structures.
- Above all, we are absolutely committed to all women, acting with a passion and a purpose that are firmly focused on practical and positive outcomes.
What does The Women’s Institute strive to achieve?
Our work transforms the lives of the girls we serve and in turn, the lives of women as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.
At The Women’s Institute, we strive to:
- Increase participation of women in elections, public leadership, and decision-making: we work to expand opportunities for women through education, entrepreneurship, and vocational training. We provide women with the knowledge and skills to earn an income and lift themselves and their families out of poverty, including through scholarships. In the workplace, we address constraints faced by women entrepreneurs. By providing networking opportunities, mentoring, access to information and credit, and business management training, we foster environments where women can advocate for improved policies. We work alongside local partners to provide women with vocational training to break into higher-paid employment sectors.
- Expand opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship, education, and employment: we work with individuals and communities to change attitudes and social norms that perpetuate gender-based violence and the exploitation of women and girls. We engage government and civil society to strengthen laws, legal systems, and other response mechanisms to increase access to justice and improve service delivery. Our broad engagement across Ghana uniquely positions us to respond with locally rooted, gender-sensitive, and durable strategies to enhance prevention, prosecution, and protection measures.
- Improve rights and security for women: we help women develop skills to be informed voters, active members of political parties, and successful candidates. Our initiatives encourage women to engage in political processes and contribute to increased government transparency and accountability. We advance women’s rights by working with governments and local partners to support and strengthen legal systems. We also equip women with information on their rights and access to free legal aid and strengthens local efforts to reform laws and policies that discriminate.
Why is The Women’s Institute different from other women empowerment initiatives?
The Women’s Institute was created in response to the urgent global need to protect girls’ and women’s human rights and accelerate girls’ and women’s empowerment in order to ensure a safer, fairer, more prosperous world for everyone. We aspire to a collaborative edge, saluting and supporting the vital work of other empowerment-driven establishments that share our vision of a world where women are able to live dignified lives, free from the harms of poverty and the violation of their human rights.
- The Women’s Institute is an innovative social investment, with a social networking platform, that focuses specifically on girls’ and women’s empowerment within a human rights’ framework and a community-driven, bottom-up approach to development.
- The Women’s Institute selects its partners, donors and sponsors with care and places emphasis on highly effective and measurable social impact. We partner with remarkable grassroots organisations around the country that are run by highly skilled and dedicated local personnel who are closely attuned to their communities’ needs and are conducting powerful, effective work.
- We offer sponsors, partners and donors a portfolio of pre-screened projects and ensure that sponsors, partners and donors know exactly how their contributions are being used and achieving social impact. We also ensure that donors receive rigorous, informative feedback (notably through impact and progress reports) about the effective use of their funding and donations.
- We optimise impact by supporting an integrated approach to girls’ and women’s empowerment and building, innovatively, on the synergy between education and other vital capacity-building services.
- The Women’s Institute harnesses the power of digital technology to enable everyone to be a change-maker and a co-creator of our initiative.
What does empowerment mean to The Women’s Initiative?
To us, empowerment is about providing women with the tools they need to be confident, self-sufficient, and financially independent.
We believe that women around the country and beyond have the capacity, creativity, and determination to uplift themselves, their families, and their communities – all they need are the opportunities.
Why is The Women’s Initiative focused on women?
Investing in women is the single most effective antidote to the world’s pressing problems: conflict, poverty, disease. Women play a special role in society by contributing not only to family well-being but to community well-being as a whole.
A World Bank study 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.
A study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) also showed that increases in women’s education make the greatest contribution to reducing the rate of child malnutrition. The UNFPA has also found that women’s empowerment and girls’ education are the single most effective strategies for reducing population growth.
According to the United Nations, economies in the developing world grow by three percent for every 10 percent increase in the number of women who receive secondary schooling.
Our experience shows us that when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help their families and entire communities escape poverty.
- According to UNFP, for every year a girl spends in school she raises her family income by up to 20 percent.
- Educated girls grow into educated women, who have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children.
It’s a simple formula: empowerment is the total sum of changes needed for a woman to realise her full human rights. Empowerment is not just about giving women training or a loan: empowerment is more than that. It means that relationships and social structures that shape the lives of women and girls must change, and The Women’s Institute intends to lead the charge on this journey.
Why do we focus on girl’s and women’s empowerment?
Girls’ and women’s empowerment is crucial to sustainable social, political and economic progress. It is globally acknowledged that the protection, education and empowerment of girls and women are among the most important prerequisites for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Although women’s rights are well-established by international agreements, the denial and violation of women’s human rights are persistent and widespread.
All over the world, women still face institutionalized issues such as:
- Women comprise more than 50% of the world’s population but own only 1% of the world’s property;
- 6 out of 10 of the world’s poorest people are still women and girls;
- 2/3 of all children excluded from schooling are girls;
- Women and girls comprise 80% of the people trafficked annually;
- 1 in 3 women worldwide will suffer some form of violence in her lifetime;
- Less than 16% of the world’s parliamentarians are women;
- Some 75% of the world’s women cannot get bank loans because they have unpaid or insecure jobs and are not entitled to property ownership.
By ensuring that girls and women are better educated, healthier, have greater access to jobs and financial resources and that girls and women can exercise their rights, and enjoy political participation, The Women’s Institute can support girls and women to become agents of positive change and participate fully in their societies.
What is The Women’s Institute?
The Women’s Institute is an initiative that endeavours to increase the social, political and economic empowerment of women in Ghana. Across the ten regions of the country, we work on issues at the heart of feminist research and advocacy. Our enterprise covers issues of economic, legal, social and political empowerment, sexuality and reproductive rights, movement building and advocacy for women’s rights.
Founded by ace lawyer and broadcaster Sandra Ankobiah, we campaign for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the national, regional and local levels.
Grounded in the vision of equality and empowerment enshrined in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Act, we, among other issues, work for the:
- Elimination of discrimination against women and girls
- Empowerment of women
- Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and governance.
We see women’s empowerment as a journey, not a destination. We understand that empowering women translates into the greater wellbeing and improved prospects of children, families, communities and societies.