100,000 Women Campaign

Powering economic justice for women entrepreneurs

From 2019 to 2022, we’re directly supporting 100,000 more women in low and middle income countries to start and grow successful businesses.

The 100,000 Women Campaign calls on companies, business leaders and philanthropists everywhere to take action to close the global gender gap in entrepreneurship.

By empowering and equipping thousands of women with the skills, resources, and networks they need to participate equally as entrepreneurs, we can create a better, more equal and more prosperous world.

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Why this Campaign, now?

It is currently estimated to take 150+ years to close the global economic gender gap.

In every country in the world, women are held back from starting, growing and sustaining businesses by sexist barriers.

Women are less likely than men to have access to skills, markets, networks, assets and finance.

Women are regularly held back by discriminatory laws and practices, and in countless countries face gender stereotypes and sexism in every part of their lives.

Women are more likely to take on the burden of unpaid work – even more so now, during the pandemic.

Plus, women are more likely than men to own micro, vulnerable or informal businesses.

These are just some of the unfair barriers all women entrepreneurs face, intensified in low and middle income countries.

All of this means women are denied their rights, and the world is missing out as a result.

We know change is possible and we won’t wait over a century for it. We’re ambitious for fast and impactful change. And you can help make that happen.

A human right Women's economic equality is a human right, yet women entrepreneurs continue to be short-changed

$5 trillion If women had equal opportunities to entrepreneurship, global GDP could rise by $5 trillion.

70% 70% of women we surveyed told us gender stereotypes have negatively affected their work as entrepreneurs

We see a better future

Together with our global partners, our Campaign is supporting 100,000 women in low and middle income countries to overcome the barriers to entrepreneurship.

Through our programmes, we offer skills, knowledge, and an empowered network of women who share our vision with our training and mentoring programmes.

We open doors to financing, new markets, and mentoring so women entrepreneurs can excel.

We use technology to create accessible programmes that women can access in ways that suit them.

We help women connect with one another, develop their business skills, and improve their financial literacy.

We know that together we are an unstoppable force for women’s empowerment. And together, we will create the change required to stop women entrepreneurs from being held back.

Empowering women is one of the smartest investments we can make. That’s why I am delighted to support such a timely and vital campaign, and why I want to invite you to join me.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Our Campaign progress so far...

59 countries reached

90,000+ women entrepreneurs supported

£5 million raised to enable our work

We are accelerating the change

For all that we have achieved, we know there is more to be done.

Our 100,000 Women Campaign has been a truly remarkable driving force for the ambitions of the Foundation. It has inspired, and continues to inspire, innovative partnerships and generous gifts in the form of unrestricted income.

This has enabled us to start projects in new priority countries, increase our reach in countries we were already established in, bolster our advocacy work, and conduct insightful research.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still having a huge impact across the world, particularly in low and middle income countries, our work will continue to adapt.

We will continue building on the incredible success of the 100,000 Women Campaign to reach tens of thousands more women entrepreneurs.

Will you join us?

Be part of this global movement and help us increase our impact by:

  • Making a vital gift to the Campaign.
  • Becoming a corporate or institutional partner.
  • Joining our Global Campaign Board—convened by Cherie Blair CBE KC—an incredible network of visionary leaders who are collaborating to help raise funds, expand our reach and achieve our goal.

The impact of your support of the 100,000 Women Campaign will be felt by hundreds of thousands of people across the world, for years to come.

Contact details

Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss joining or supporting the 100,000 Women Campaign

partnerships@cherieblairfoundation.org