Impacting Women's Lives

Ethiopian women in the gardening program, Rehovot, Israel

Over the course of nearly a century, JDC has seen that to enrich a woman’s life is to save the world of a child, a family, and often a whole community.

Millions of women experience daily peril and live in dire poverty—they struggle for basic food and water, are deprived of healthcare, and lack access to education and employment opportunities.

But JDC is there.

From an inspiring Race for the Cure® that raises breast cancer awareness each fall in Sarajevo to the food and medicine distributed each day in the former Soviet Union and central and Eastern Europe, JDC works to empower women with tools that alleviate poverty, improve health, and strengthen communities.

Some of JDC’s leading initiatives targeting women and girls worldwide include:

Access to Health Care:

In Russia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to promote the early detection of breast cancer through targeted education campaigns and communication strategies, increased access to health screenings, awareness-building events, and support groups for those who have been diagnosed with or are recovering from breast cancer. Each October, JDC and Komen’s pioneering Race for the Cure® in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina attracts more than 6,000 breast cancer survivors, family members, and activists.

Throughout the world, JDC’s prenatal and neonatal programs facilitate reproductive health training, birth preparation groups, infant care education and nutrition consultations, and early childcare services for poor mothers and new babies.

Poverty and Risk Reduction:

Targeting single mothers and female heads of poor households, JDC extends life-saving nutrition and vital relief to families and children across the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe who face deepening destitution and social disadvantage. Reaching out to isolated, impoverished elderly, JDC provides food, medicines, and home care to thousands of homebound widows across the former Soviet Union who have nowhere else to turn for help.

Access to Education and Economic Opportunity:

To break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion, JDC’s mentorship, training, and capacity-building programs equip women and girls with the tools they need to continue their education, to generate a viable income to support themselves and their families, and to become leaders in their community. JDC programs across the globe empower girls to overcome gender barriers and provide the mentorship they need to stay in school, develop leadership abilities, and build professional skills.

JDC’s innovative model programs target women as key players in “good development” and are impacting lives in more than 70 countries around the globe today.