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


Currently, all over the world women earn less than men and are more likely to own micro, vulnerable and informal businesses. Women are less likely to have access to assets, property and financial services. They are far more likely to shoulder the burden of unpaid work. This not only restricts economic opportunities and livelihoods for families around the world: it means half the world’s population being denied basic human rights.

We exist to help women redefine the future. In our first decade, we reached 143,500.
Now, we are increasing the scale, breadth and impact of our work.

To help 100,000 more women in just three years, we need to raise £10 million.


The 100,000 Women Campaign will be launching in January 2020.


Until then, our Founder and Chair of the campaign Cherie Blair CBE QC is convening a Global Campaign Board with a select group of visionary philanthropists, business leaders and experts in the field who will help us raise £10 million. In the coming months we’ll announce chairs for Africa and Asia. For now, you can learn more about our European and Latin American Chairs.

Cherie Blair QC CBE

Global Chair

Cherie is a leading human rights lawyer, philanthropist and committed campaigner for women’s rights. In 2008, she established the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, inspired by her experiences of meeting women across the world during her time in Downing Street as the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. As a successful businesswoman, Cherie has also set up Omnia Strategy, a pioneering international firm providing the opportunity for barristers, solicitors and non-lawyers to work collaboratively to counsel governments, corporate and private clients. Cherie remains closely involved with charities with a special emphasis on women and children and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to women’s issues and to charity in the UK and overseas.

Angela Jilina

Europe Chair

Angela has a background in Private Equity and Financial Services and consulted for both Bloomberg and the Financial Times. She has experience in art curation and ran the Alexander Ochs Gallery in Beijing, China. Angela has a Bsc in Banking and International Finance from CASS Business School, a Masters in Arts of China from Christie’s Further Education and also completed the Bar Course at a BPP University. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment. Having adopted one of her children from an orphanage in Russia, Angela believes in the power that comes from unlocking women’s entrepreneurial abilities and the benefits that can bring to children, to families and even to whole communities.

Beatriz Gasca Acevedo

Latin America Chair

Bea is a Human Resources and Social Responsibility expert. She has a Masters in Human Development and this year she received a PhD Honoris Causa for her tireless work to promote gender equity in the corporate world. She is also a certified Coach. Bea started her professional career in Whirlpool, and continued at Nestlé then Aeroméxico and is currently the CHRO at GinGroup. Bea has been recognized by Mundo Ejecutivo magazine as the youngest CHRO transforming the human capital in México. In 2017, she was named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in México. As an activist, she is regularly invited to educate professionals on how to make diversity and inclusion more tangible.

Board membership is voluntary and undertaken by individuals in their personal capacity. They are not formally employed by or representatives of the charity. You don’t have to be a board member to support our campaign. We welcome other contributions.

Interested in joining us?

How will we use the funds raised?


  • Invest in technology to scale our programmes to reach more women
  • Build the capacity of our tried-and-tested programmes including our face to face entrepreneurship programmes, ‘HerVenture’ micro-learning app and global online mentoring programme
  • Strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem by breaking down institutional barriers through a strategic programme of research and advocacy so it’s  easier for women and girls to start and grow businesses

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