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About Vital Voices

Our mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.

Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all.

  • We are at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.
  • We enable women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy and the rule of law.
  • We equip women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities.

Our international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders, including senior government, corporate and NGO executives, have trained and mentored more than 8,000 emerging women leaders from over 127 countries in Asia, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. They are the Vital Voices of our time. 

Who is involved?

The Vital Voices staff has vast expertise in global women's issues and is led by President, Alyse Nelson, who has worked with Vital Voices since its inception.  The organization is governed by a strong bipartisan Board of Directors led by Board Chair, Susan Ann Davis, Chairman, of Susan Davis International.

Vital Voices also has a Global Advisory Council, made up of women leaders from every region of the world, who advise Vital Voices about the most pressing issues facing women in their countries and work with Vital Voices to address them. In addition, Vital Voices has Global Network Chapters and thousands of network members throughout the world--from Russia to Venezuela--and partners with leading corporations, universities, nonprofits, foundations, and governments around the world who share our dedication to improving the economic, political and social status of women everywhere.

How did it all begin?

Vital Voices grew out of the United States government's successful Vital Voices Democracy Initiative, which was established after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to promote the advancement of women as a U.S. foreign policy goal. Now, we are building on that record by providing skills, networking, and other support to women around the world, whether they are combating human trafficking in Ukraine or building women's entrepreneurship in Vietnam.
Learn more about our history.


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