A model for a feminist future
YCI's HerStart initiative drives global equality by developing pathways for women to become social entrepreneurs and create a lasting economic ripple effect.
Here's how we do it
The HerStart initiative works by being responsive and adaptive to women’s and communities’ needs. We work with partners and youth to:
1. Build supportive ecosystems for economic growth
2. Drive innovation and program implementation
3. Create sustainable social and economic impact
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We partner with youth and communities to create supportive ecosystems, developing programs and resources that address the root causes of inequality and the barriers to women's economic participation.
Through innovation and program implementation, HerStart helps young women access the training, mentorship and networks they need to succeed.
As women flourish, so do their communities and we all feel the positive economic and social impact that comes when women have an equal opportunity to thrive.
Here's how you can join us
A bold commitment from Canada
Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy affirms that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is critical to shifting the economic reality for young women, and is one of only 4 such policies in the world today. It acknowledges that, despite recent reductions in global poverty, women and girls still face unique barriers to build a sustainable income. Focusing on helping women and girls thrive is the best way to address the root causes of poverty.
“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.” – Government of Canada
A feminist approach makes sense and we are committed to empower women globally too.