Resource Equity is a small nonprofit with big ideas.
Founded in 2014 by a group of female lawyers who have more than 40 years combined experience working to advance women's social and economic rights, we have seen that strengthening women’s rights to land leads to positive changes for women, their families, and their communities. We work to empower women by addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality.
This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 for our Impact Fund to enable us to take advantage of opportunities to advance women's rights as they arise. Across the world, women’s rights to land and resources are key to increasing food security, reducing poverty, and mitigating conflict.
At Resource Equity, we work with women and communities around the world to improve women’s access to, use of, and control over land and resources. We advocate for changes to laws, policies, and programs so that women can have rights to land, and we help people to make these changes happen.
We need your help to make women's land and resource rights real. While most of our funding is tied to specific projects or approaches, in our work we often encounter situations where a small amount of funding would enable us to leverage our experience to make a big difference in the lives of women.
This year, we have seen this most clearly in our work in Uganda. For several years, we have done research in the Karamoja region of Uganda. This region is extremely poor and has high levels of insecurity, cycles of cattle-raiding, and serious environmental and infrastructural challenges. Subsistence mining for limestone, gold, marble, and other minerals occurs all over the Karamoja region. This work is both difficult and dangerous.
We have just begun a project there implementing our Starting With Women approach. We are working with miners' associations, with the goal of helping them secure their rights to the land and raise the prices they get for their minerals.
However, while we are addressing many of the needs we have seen, there are many that we lack funding to address. People in these communities lack basic safety equipment and medical supplies. They often have difficulty accessing clean water and health services, and in many cases it is too expensive for them to send their children to school. While there are laws that should protect them, and government services that should be available, they need help to understand their rights and to access those services.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 for our Impact Fund to address these and other needs, to enable Resource Equity to be more nimble and responsive, and to take advantage of opportunities to advance women's rights as they arise.
Please join us in supporting this important work. Empowered women change the world!