In 2021, the world passed a solemn threshold, with 1 in 88 people forcibly displaced by conflict or ecological disaster, continuing the upward trend we’ve seen over the last decade.
Against this backdrop, VOICE was there to ensure the voices of women and girls were heard, and the leadership of the organizations they lead was respected and better integrated into the humanitarian response.
Our organization was part of the network of women’s rights organizations that worked to
protect and relocate Afghan women human rights defenders in the months leading up to the
US withdrawal from Afghanistan. We produced a groundbreaking feminist assessment on
the impact of COVID-19 on women- and girl-led organizations. And recognizing the power of
the arts in advocacy, healing, and imagining a better future, we launched our Arts Movement
Just as VOICE isn’t a conventional humanitarian organization, this is not a conventional
annual report. It focuses not just on our achievements and financials, but how we endeavor
to live out our values - both in how we support the groups we partner with, and in how we
are working to embed our values in our systems, structures, and how we support our team.
As always, at the center of our work is the women we work with - both within the VOICE
team, and our partners across the globe. It is they whose leadership we exist to support, and
they who are the key to transforming the humanitarian system and ending gender-based