About Us

11-year-old Zeinabou plays games with her friends at her home in the Maradi region of Niger.


The Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition advocates for placing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the center of U.S. foreign policy and assistance, as not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Compelling evidence reinforces decades of experience that investing in gender equality and women and girls brings high returns for economic growth, societal well-being and global stability.

The Coalition brings together non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and unaffiliated experts who are committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls globally. The Coalition convenes key actors on crosscutting issues related to gender equality and works with policy makers to ensure that U.S. government agencies, including their gender structures, policies, funding, and data, serve to advance global gender equality and are informed by civil society experience and evidence.


  • Sector-Agnostic: The Big Ideas Coalition engages in advocacy solely on cross-cutting gender issues and does not weigh in on sector specific recommendations.  
  • Acting in Solidarity: The Big Ideas Coalition will endeavor to ensure its advocacy does not undermine efforts promoted by other coalitions, particularly in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBTQI rights, and domestic issue-focused advocacy.
  • Promotion of the Voices of Women & Girls from the Global South: The Big Ideas Coalition will strive to promote the meaningful participation and amplification of women & girl activists from the Global South through its actions and positions.
  • Gender Equality is both a means and an end: The Big Ideas Coalition affirms that the achievement of gender equality is both an end in and of itself and the right of all human beings across the globe, as well as a means to the promotion of a more stable, peaceful, and prosperous world.
  • Endorsement of Big Ideas Coalition Products/Activities: While we rely on all Coalition members for their insights, experience, and recommendations, not all Coalition members have endorsed each of the named documents, initiatives, or activities of the Coalition. Membership in the Big Ideas Coalition should not be inferred to indicate organizational endorsement or support for all Big Ideas Coalition positions and recommendations, unless indicated as such.


Coalition Membership:

  • American Jewish World Service
  • ChildFund International
  • Counterpart International
  • Futures without Violence
  • Heartland Alliance International
  • InterAction
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Oxfam America
  • Plan International USA
  • Publish What You Fund
  • Radiant International
  • Save the Children
  • SMASH Strategies
  • Solidarity Center
  • The Hunger Project
  • Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Women for Women International
  • Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)
  • World Learning

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