Accelerating progress for women and their communities

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Organization Name
Accelerating progress for women and their communities
English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
nonprofit, foundation,
Year Founded
Lead Photo For Profile
HQ Location: City, Country
Geneva | Switzerland
HQ Mailing Address
51/55 Route des Jeunes | 1227 Carouge | Switzerland
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
+41 22 544 39 60

The Womanity Foundation was established in 2005 by Yann Borgstedt, a successful businessman and entrepreneur who believes the best way to build sustainable growth lies in collaboration between the social sector and the business world.

Originally called the Smiling Children Foundation, we began work in Morocco helping girls (some as young as 6) working as domestic laborers to return to their families and attend school. The Foundation also supported rural communities there to professionalize their olive oil production and increase their exports.

In 2012 the new name was officially adopted with The Womanity Foundation expressing a determination towards the empowerment of women for the greater good of all humanity.

To date the Womanity Foundation has supported 9 social entrepreneurs, over 33,000 school girls (and boys) in Afghanistan, launched a yearlong Web Development Course, including over 300 hours of instruction in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PhP in two of the largest girls’ public high schools in Kabul, Afghanistan, brought messages of women’s empowerment to hundreds of thousands of radio listeners and provided an ecosystem of business support for its WomenChangeMakers Fellows.


Sectors of Activity
Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender Issues,

Guided by our vision of a world where all women and men have equal and full social, economic, and political participation, The Womanity Foundation undertakes to empower girls and women in developing countries to shape their future and accelerate progress within their communities.

Country (or countries) where active
Over a dozen countries worldwide