The current status of girls and women is consciously maintained by governments, religions, and other super-institutions.
Girl Museum takes the position that helping others is an individual AND collective responsibility, NOT a fashionable trend. The goal is to stop these things happening so that the ‘charity’ industry is actually going out of business, not growing.
There are many nonprofit organizations all over the world doing important research and work to help girls’ causes.
Here is a list of individuals, organizations and issues that are important to Girl Museum.
We are always looking to support the work of others, so please let us know about organizations missing from our list. If you are interested in knowing more about a particular topic or would like Girl Museum to do an exhibition about an issue you feel is significant, feel free to let us know.
The Association of Children’s Museums provides both an international and a state by state listing of children’s museums.
United States of America
International Museum of Women is a groundbreaking social change museum that inspires global action, connects people across borders, and transforms hearts and minds by amplifying the voices of women worldwide through global online exhibitions, history, the arts, and cultural programs that educate, create dialogue, and build community.
National Women’s History Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation's history. It makes visible the unique, textured, and diverse stories of American women to expand our understanding of women's participation in shaping our nation's history and create a lively environment for dialogue and discovery.
National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts.
Museo de la Mujer- Website in Spanish.
National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the place of women in history for their special contribution to Australia’s heritage.
Frauenmuseum- Website in German.
muSIEum is dedicated to exploring gender. Website in German.
Kvindemuseet (The Women's Museum) is a national specialist museum which researches, builds collections, and presents knowledge of Danish women’s life and work. Website in Danish, English, and German.
Frauenmuseum (Bonn)- Website in German and English.
Frauenmuseum Evelyn Ortner depicts culture and everyday stories from a female perspective. Website in German, Italian, and English.
Muso Kunda ou Du côté des Femmes- Website in French.
FemArtMuseum is dedicated to the art of women. Website in Dutch, English, and Spanish.
The Kvinnemuseet collects material on and documents the life and work of Norwegian women. Website in Norwegian, English, and Japanese.
Le Musée de la Femme- Website in French.
New Hall College in Cambridge is the custodian of the world's second-largest collection of art by women with more than 350 works by over 250 artists.
The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through inspirational collections and programmes.
The Vietnamese Women's Museum - Website in English, French, and Vietnamese.
United States of America
National Council for Research on Women is a network of more than 100 leading U.S. research, advocacy, and policy centers with a growing global reach to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls.
The National Women's History Project (NWHP), founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.
Women's Studies Online Resources from University of Maryland will help you find information-rich, high-quality websites focusing on women's studies or women's issues.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.
Amazone contains an archive of Belgian feminist groups. Website in French.
Ženska Infoteka is a women’s information and documentation center in Croatia. Wesbite in Croatian and English.
Women's History at the International Institute of Social History holds information on women's and gender history and women's roles in social movements in the Netherlands and worldwide. It also maintains and hosts a variety of other resources for women's and gender history. Website in Dutch and English.
History to Her Story is a major and unique project in women's history, examining through the lives and organisations of Yorkshire women the roles that women have played in history.
The Women's Library is a cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK.
The Women's History Project surveys, lists, and publishes historical documents relevant to the history of women in Ireland. The work of the Project has and will continue to open up new areas of study allowing for a greater understanding of the diverse experiences of women in Irish history.
Glasgow Women’s Library houses a lending library, archive collections, and contemporary and historical artifacts relating to women’s lives, histories, and achievements. It helps women with their reading and writing, holds a wide range of creative courses and events, and has a lending library and helpdesk.
Archif Menywod Cymru / Women's Archive of Wales exists to promote the study–and to rescue and preserve the sources–of women's history in Wales. Website in Welsh and English
Australian Women’s Archives Project's strategy is to identify and support preservation of women’s records and make them accessible to researchers, and it includes an online register of the location and content of women’s records.
Frauenforschungs-, -bildungs- und -informationszentrum e.V. (FFBIZ) is an large archive and library of books, periodicals, documents, and ephemera relating to the women's movement and women's history in Germany. Website in German and English.
Gosteli-Stiftung - Archiv zur Geschichte der schweizerischen Frauenbewegung is an archive of materials relating to the feminist movement and the history of women in Switzerland. Website in German, Italian, French, and English.
Centre des Archives du Féminisme is a French feminist archive.
Women’s Library and Information Center Foundation is women’s library and information center in Turkey. Website in English and in Turkish.
Association of the Independent Women's Organizations is the umbrella association for women's organisations from Russia and former USSR republics. Website in Russian and English.
Girls Learn International empowers American students through their own creative initiatives, dedication, and passionate leadership to create real solutions and be leaders in the movement to affect positive change for girls and women worldwide.
Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.
Global Girl Media is dedicated to empowering high school age girls from under-served communities around the world through media, leadership and journalistic training to have a voice in the global media universe and their own futures.
The Women’s Resource Centre is a UK organisation that supports women’s organisations to be more effective and sustainable. They provide training, resources, and support to women's organisations and campaign and lobby on key issues for the sector.
FATIMA Women's Network is a UK based online resource designed to represent all women's issues at a regional and national level. FATIMA Women's Network wants to bring about positive change in the lives of women and has a distinct focus on women from diverse communities and disadvantaged background.
Girl Geek Scotland is a community for women and girls interested in technology, creativity, and computing. Their About page has a list of girl geek groups in different areas, worldwide.
New Moon Girls is an online community and print magazine where girls create and share poetry, artwork, videos, and more; chat together; and learn. All in a fully moderated, educational environment designed to build self-esteem and positive body image.
Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture as a result of her groundbreaking projects Girl Culture and Fast Forward.
Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. They use photography to capture the imaginations of children to empower them, building confidence, self-esteem, and hope.
Woman Made Gallery is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 that supports women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness, and advocacy through exhibitions, which raise public awareness and recognition of women's cultural contributions.
A.I.R. Gallery, founded in 1972, is the first cooperative for women artists in the US. A.I.R. promotes the work of women artists through exhibitions, workshops, and mentoring programs.
The conditions that lead to poverty are intertwined with much bigger issues that are often out of the hands of the people themselves. However, with the ultra-abundance of current world food production, famine is not necessary. Ask why children are hungry and don’t stop until you have heard an acceptable reason.
Global Issues–Poverty Statistics
According to UNICEF, 21,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they "die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death."
In the United Kingdom, “a shocking 30-40% of all food is never eaten;” in the last decade the amount of food British people threw into the bin went up by 15%. Overall, £20 billion (approximately $38 billion US dollars) worth of food is thrown away, every year. In the US 40-50% of all food ready for harvest never gets eaten.
Stop Child Poverty campaign is to raise awareness of child poverty worldwide, and to help everyday world citizens make a difference in the lives of children in need.
Girls' & Women's Rights
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history. Only two countries, Somalia and the United States, have not ratified this celebrated agreement.
Justice for Girls is a non-profit organization that promotes freedom from violence, social justice, and equality for teenage girls who live in poverty.
The Working Group on Girls (WGG) and its International Network for Girls (ING) are dedicated to promoting the rights of girls in all areas and stages of their lives, advancing the rights and status of girls and assisting them to develop their full potential as women.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world–so they work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity.
The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, multi-generational, feminist, creative, future-orientated membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development, and women's human rights.
Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice that supports groups working to advance the human rights of women and girls. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.
UNICEF is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing opportunity, access, education, children’s rights, and empowerment for young people around the world.
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is the women's fund at the United Nations. It supports projects that promote women's economic security, human rights, and status.
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.
UNICEF's primary publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children each year. The 2004 annual report focuses on girls' education and its relationship to other development goals.
According to enrollment data, approximately 72 million primary school aged children in the developing world were not in school in 2005: 57% of them were girls. These numbers are considered optimistic. (From the UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2007 )
According to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, an estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world today–that’s more than the population of 18 States–or more than the population of New York and Virginia combined. The majority of victims of slavery are women and children–traffickers prey on those who suffer the most from macro factors like gender discrimination, family violence, and a lack of access to education and economic opportunity.
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CASTLA) assists persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and works toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.
Anti-Slavery International works at local, national, and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.
Love 146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through prevention and aftercare programs.
Apne Aap (Hindi for “self-help”) works to empower the women and children of India’s red-light districts to escape sex trafficking. By providing them with education, healthcare and job skills, Apne Aap is breaking the cycle of poverty and discrimination that forces women into prostitution.
Human Trafficking is a web site that brings governments and NGOs in the East Asia and Pacific together to cooperate and learn from each other’s experiences in their efforts to combat human trafficking.
Health, nutrition, and hygiene are of absolute importance to girls as the mothers of the future. It is vital to all humans that the physical and emotional health of all girls is prioritized.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, and is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.
The Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH) is a collaboration between the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Their vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives.
Managed by the Office on Women’s Health, Girl’s Health was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face, focusing on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages.
According to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS :
“Women comprise about half of all people living with HIV worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, where the epidemic is worst, they make up an estimated 57% of adults living with HIV, and three quarters of young people living with HIV on the continent are young women aged 15-24. So in order to curb the HIV epidemic it is vital to address women’s needs for HIV prevention, treatment and care. Reversing the underlying socioeconomic factors contributing to women’s HIV risk– gender inequality, poverty, lack of economic and educational opportunity, lack of legal and human rights protections–is critical for success.”
“In 14 of 17 African countries with adequate survey data, the percentage of young pregnant women (ages 15–24) who are living with HIV has declined since 2000-2001. In 7 countries, the drop in infections has equaled or exceeded the 25% target decline for 2010 set out in the Declaration of Commitment” (p. 30). (From Global Issues)
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "In 2006, nearly 15,000 or more than a quarter of new HIV cases in the United States were among women and girls ages 13 years and older. Women of color are especially impacted by the disease." (From National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day)