Women and Girls

A Powerful Force in Communities

Women and girls are a powerful force in the communities Anera serves. They are mothers and caretakers. They are breadwinners and providers. They are advocates for positive change. They are leaders in their fields and role models for young people and their peers.

Strong and inspiring women and girls are at the heart of many of Anera's program successes.

Investing in Women and Girls

Anera recognizes that when women and girls have access to educational and economic opportunities, they invest in their communities and improve the lives of everyone around them. Support from our community of donors helps them achieve that goal.

How It Works

  • Education Opens Opportunities

    Increasingly, women and girls are in the majority when it comes to seeking higher education; however, they often don’t share the same advantages as their male peers. Anera’s vocational training programs in Lebanon build marketable skills that give them a competitive edge. In Palestine, Anera is especially concerned with providing teachers the knowledge and skills they need to bring out the best from their students.

  • Investment Transforms Lives

    More women are major breadwinners, whether they are newly arrived refugees in Lebanon or heads of impoverished families in Gaza where men cannot find jobs. Through economic development programs, like loans through the Gaza Women’s Loan Fund and support for women-headed local organizations in Lebanon, your support is empowering women and girls. The economic benefits of their endeavors naturally follow for everyone around them.

  • Partnerships Make It All Possible

    Anera partners with women and girls who are leaders in their communities. They haven’t walked away. They are there every day investing their time, energy, creativity, their hearts and sometimes even their own limited resources. They set the example and improve the well-being of their expanded family – the men, women and children who benefit from their generosity.

"No society can be just, and no human or economic development even-spread and sustainable if women, who represent half of the population, are left behind, if their needs and aspirations are not addressed."

Dr. Lamis Abu-Nahleh, founder of the Birzeit University Women’s Studies Program

When women have access to educational and economic opportunities, they invest in their families and communities.