A Youth Challenge International initiative to advance
women globally for an equal and more prosperous economy.
Gender equality begins with the enabling environment. HerStart works to address the specific root causes and barriers that girls and women face.
Through innovation execution, HerStart breaks down gender barriers and provides access to emerging resources with the support of global partners.
When women and men have equal rights and participation in decision making, positive economic impact is realized for us all.
Around the world, many women still face discrimination and gender inequalities that create barriers to their sustainable livelihoods. Yet we know that when women are given the opportunity to thrive, everyone benefits. Youth Challenge International’s HerStart gives aspiring female entrepreneurs access to opportunities that will help them launch their business ideas and a better future for all.
Mardiana launched her food product line Bakso Mejik. Now including vegetarian foods, Bakso Mejik also educates others on the importance of buying local, fresh foods.
Theodosia is now running her own custom clothing business. She also gives back by offering mentorship support to the next generation of entrepreneurs in her community.
Sahada leveraged her enhanced skills to launch BASHAD’s Farms – an agriculture business committed to equally employing women and men, breaking down gender barriers and empowering women to take on traditionally male-dominated roles.
Eveline launched a watermelon business and learned how to sustainably leverage profits from her harvests to expand operations and buy more farm land.
María’s restaurant, La Yapita Restaurante Campestre, serves Peruvian food from locally sourced ingredients, grows its own organic garden and educates customers on the importance of organic produce.
Imoro is building Zana Farms, an agricultural business that will distribute mainly through women’s networks, provide advocacy services for organic family nutrition and offer land leasing opportunities to women in the district.
Canada has adopted a feminist approach because we firmly believe that women and girls have the ability to achieve real change in terms of sustainable development and peace, even though they are often the most vulnerable to poverty, violence and climate change.