Empowering Women Worldwide

Empowering Women Worldwide

The Institute is committed to increasing opportunities for women worldwide to pursue higher education and serve as effective and influential leaders in the public and private sectors. This is critical to achieving wide-scale gender equity around the world. IIE works to engage women from under-served groups and those who may not otherwise have access to leadership training and professional development opportunities, resulting in significant social and economic returns.

A few of the programs that IIE manages in this area are highlighted below.

The Higher Education Readiness Program

Women In Technology

Women in Technology

Launched in 2005, WIT for the Middle East and North Africa has reached nearly 10,000 women and has built the capacity of over 60 partner organizations including those serving victims of domestic violence, the disabled and other marginalized women. With funding from the U.S. Department of State and Microsoft, and in collaboration with local partners in nine countries, IIE has helped women’s organizations provide business planning, professional development, information technology and entrepreneurship training to women in their communities, while generating revenue for the organizations to sustain their programming and operations.

Learn more about the Women In Technology program

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative

The goal of the Initiative is to foster greater shared economic growth by providing over 10,000 underserved women around the world with business and management education. In 2010, IIE partnered with Goldman Sachs to plan and execute the 10,000 Women Leadership Academy, which convened academic and nonprofit partners, business leaders and dignitaries for a three-day networking conference to share best practices. The 2010 conference was held in June in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program

Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health

Through the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health program, funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, IIE has supported leaders working to improve reproductive health services in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines. In 2009, the program focused on building leadership training capacity in each country. In Pakistan, IIE developed master trainers who trained hundreds of individuals to increase women’s access to reproductive health.

Learn more about the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health program

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness

Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness equips diverse networks of individuals and organizations with the skills, knowledge and support to improve breast cancer outcomes in their communities. The Program strengthens breast cancer outreach and advocacy through training, collaboration and seed grants to launch ideas into actions. As of 2010, more than 850 advocates from 10 countries across Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa have graduated from Course for the Cure.

Learn more about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness program

    Program Spotlight
    • Women in Technology

      WIT empowers women and expands their participation in the workforce through specially tailored training activities.

    • LDM Logo

      LDM invested in emerging and established reproductive health leaders who worked in the poorest regions of five focus countries.

    • Susan G. Komen for the Cure

      Global activists obtain the skills, knowledge and vision to play a strategic role in shaping their country’s response to breast cancer.


    Jonah Kokodyniak
    Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development
    Institute of International Education
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017 USA
    Fax: +1 212.984.5401
    E-mail: development@iie.org