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Voices of women

In 2009, we partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to empower 50,000 women in 500 villages of Uttar Pradesh, India to become leaders, role models, entrepreneurs and agents of change. This carries forward work initiated under a Child Rights Project implemented by UNICEF in partnership with IKEA Foundation in the same villages.

I want to decide… what is right or wrong for me! I want to choose when I want to become a mother.

Jirwanti, Village Kabiruddinpur

I want to provide my daughter with a better life. I want to give her options.

Geeta Devi, Varji Mukundpur

I want a better life for me and my family… I want better food and more rest.

Kalawati, Nunara

I am a trained village motivator and I am good at accounts. It helps me, but can I motivate the community alone?

Seetla, Dhanupur Pachim Patti

Politics and politicians are beyond my comprehension… all I care about is a secure future for our self-help group!

Shiv Kumari, Nurana
You have to be adaptable
Work global
“It was a challenge to learn to work differently” Aziza Nathan
Co-worker stories
Making changes in southern Asia
IKEA Foundation supports programmes for financial literacy and leadership
Women change the world
Women and girls in many parts of the world spend a large part of their day fetching water.

Taking action

IKEA Foundation
Making a difference in the lives of 100 million children.

Why we donate solar lamps

Child with solar lamp
Now thousands of children can do their homework after dark, without electricity.

Why children?

Download brochure about the programmes we fund