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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Women’s eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and creating significant social impact through its work and collaborations: The competitive advantage of Women’s eNews lies in its unique combination of three functions: 1. Serious Reporting: Women’s eNews conducts high quality journalism on serious issues that are of particular concern to women. 2. Original Coverage of Under reported Issues: Women’s eNews publishes original reporting on issues ignored by other media. Women’s eNews articles are frequently reprinted by other news outlets and feminist blogs and websites, and often catalyze social action and additional reporting by other organizations. 3. Global Scope: Women’s eNews reports on issues affecting women in the United States and around the world, and its Arabic site is aimed specifically at women in the Middle East. Women’s eNews also hires freelancer reporters from across the globe and provides them high quality editing so that they may clearly, concisely and fairly tell the stories from the perspective of those living the issues.

Results: Women’s eNews has undoubtedly had a significant social impact, directly and indirectly affecting the lives of millions of people by providing coverage of important issues largely ignored by conventional media. At a more nuanced level, the organization currently creates impact in the following ways: • Women’s eNews helps set the news agenda for conventional media; • Women’s eNews impacts opinion leaders and policymakers; • Women’s eNews is a resource and catalyst for rights organizations and activists; • Women’s eNews uncovers injustices, draws attention to issues, disseminates information, and empowers readers; • Women’s eNews helps foster, train, and support the career development of new journalists with a focus on social justice and women’s rights; • Women’s eNews raises the profiles and supports the leadership development of its 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

Target demographics: put women in the headlines and the bylines of news media

Geographic areas served: nearly every country across the globe

Programs: Black Maternal Health, a long running investigative series exploring the health disparities that exists for Black moms in America; Women and Poverty, a long running investigative series bringing life-bias for women economically to light; Arabic Women's eNews, an Arabic language sister site providing news and commentary for Arabic speaking women and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, an annual leadership gala and program to support and celebrate those investing in women and girls.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I give money to womens enews because its work is a vital outlet for reporting on issues that are too often missing from mainstream media. I also love that they have a strong presence in the Arab world, for reporting by and about women in that region. Information is key in helping women connect and see alternatives to patterns that hold women back.

Donor

Rating: 5

Women's eNews publishes powerful stories and commentary about women's issues around the world that are often not covered in other news media. I especially like the new Teen Voices section which features article by and about young women. Thank you!

BlueGull

Donor

Rating: 5

This group publishes news stories about women and affecting women all over the world, which help clear the view for what is happening, what isn't, what is changing, and where our involvement may make a difference. Without information, no progress is made - this organization spreads the information, and supports women and women journalists many places in the world.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

Stories, particularly international ones, which would never be published in standard news outlets are covered, giving readers a much better idea of what is going on and to/by whom, in the world. I am often brought up short with a story, where something I had never thought of is described and discussed. It actually encourages me, to see these corners of what is completely dim and featureless in main media. I really appreciate their information!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Women's eNews publishes stories of particular interest to women in a unique way -- news for women reported and edited by women. There's no other publication quite like it. The online newspaper gives women a reliable place to get information they may not find anywhere else. And women's voices have a place to be heard and seen -- all because Women's eNews is doing a fantastic job. It's a wonderful place for women writers, editors, photographers and multimedia (video) journalists to tell women's stories -- and to showcase their talents (and get paid for their work).

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported WEN and Rita Henley since before its official founding. (I was an employee at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, which first sponsored it, before it gained an independent existence.) It's unique in providing a wide array of information about women both in the US and internationally from a variety of perspectives. Many of its stories are not duplicated elsewhere. Especially in view of current events in the Mideast, its decision some while ago to pay particular attention on women in that area demonstrates rare prescience.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides wide-ranging international coverage that keeps this international business consultant and advocate of gender equity and women's empowerment well-informed and up-to-date on evolving policies, news, activities and events that impact women. Their coverage also gives me a window on topics or women's perspectives that general media frequently overlook.



As an activist during the 2008 Presidential campaign with Women for Obama and the Women's Leadership Forum, I was drawn to WeN by it's fund-raising appeal to assure that women's voices and concerns were covered at the Democratic Convention in Denver. When I began visiting regularly the WeN website, I was astonished to see the extensive international coverage and now rely on it to stay informed.



WeN’s searing coverage of women in conflict zones is critical to exposing the breadth of problems, particularly sexual abuse as a weapon of war. It's ongoing spotlight on the Democratic Republic of the Congo resonates with me as I lived in DRC, then Zaire, where I traveled alone without concern for security to the eastern part of the country, now the epicenter of war and abuse in this mineral-rich country.



I have also participated in events organized by WeN, from film screenings to panel discussions and award presentations. An historic walk in lower Manhattan educated me about the dynamic women who fought the battle for equal rights just blocks from where I was educated and worked on Wall Street -- without a clue that I was surrounded by such supportive spirits.



I am a strong fan of WeN and wish that it did not have to expend so much energy in raising funds to operate. It is an important resource, performs a critical and needed service to keep women’s news in the forefront, and is deserving of wider support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We work for women's rights and I consider Woman's ENews to be an indispensable tool on a daily basis. They are always correct re their articles and I think they deserve support. There are very few if any similar sources of women's news.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love Women's Enews. It is my only source for breaking news and local stories that really focuses on women in a systematic and thorough way. Women's Enews is dogged about finding news relevant to the plight of women. I especially love their Jeers and Cheers section.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I read Women's eNews every day. As a Gender Studies educator, Women's eNews keeps me up to date on what is happening to/for/by women every day, and I am truly grateful for this service. That's why I donate.