2020: The Year That Moved Us Forward

A Reflection From VOICE Executive Director Mendy Marsh

2020 was a tough year for everyone, but perhaps most distressing for women and girls. At VOICE, we've seen the immense impact the pandemic has had on women- and girl-led organiza­tions around the world, and we've been focused on meeting their needs for support.

In response to the widespread devastation of the pandemic, VOICE has delivered research, policy, and programming-related support in multiple crisis-affected settings. Our strategic and advocacy work is influencing and igniting new aware­ ness of the need for larger and more thoughtful investments. And our message is getting louder.

In 2020 we provided over 700 hours of direct technical support, held 75 different virtual joint learning sessions for over 725 frontline actors, and added over 600 women-led organizations to our network. Then, over 300 people joined VOICE this year for webinars centering on the experiences of women humanitarians and addressing the massive issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in this industry. We've also partnered with other trailblazers who are committed to seeing the feminist future actualized, and together we're running towards it. 

One of the things I have found most heartening in 2020 is how many believers have stepped into our corner, from around the world and across professions. With talented team mem­bers, and exceptional supporters, coaches, allies, and donors aligning with the VOICE mission and vision, the most unusual and challenging year in recent memory has also set a high bar. 

As we continue VOICE's work going forward, we will remember to stop and reflect on the horizon, standing shoulder to shoulder with the team and community who have helped bring us where we are today. We have so much to look forward to as an organization, and as always, we invite you to join us in moving forward.

In solidarity,
Mendy

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