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Women’s Rights Initiative

This initiative advances President Carter's legacy of fostering equality and respect and eliminating violence against women. Using President Carter’s book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” as a guiding document, we work to support women and girls in holding leadership positions and upholding and promoting the rights of women.

“The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights.”— President Carter
“A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power”

  • An image of President Carter's book "A Call to Action"

    The Women’s Rights initiative launched its Women Called to Action campaign on March 11th, 2024. This campaign will be a year-long initiative to push President Carter’s legacy forward. (Photo Credit: Carter Center/ M. Schwarz)


Through this initiative, the Human Rights Program promotes gender equality, advocates for more women in leadership roles, and fights discrimination and abuse.


The Human Rights Program sponsors the Women Called to Action event series, which revisits the 23 action points outlined in “A Call to Action.” Through the event series, the program aims to hold impactful conversations and develop meaningful partnerships around efforts to capitalize on women's lived experiences and advocate for transformative change.

Additionally, the Women’s Rights Initiative focuses on identifying ways to engage the most marginalized community members and give voice to women and girls negatively impacted by the climate crisis.

The Center welcomes the opportunity to explore future partnerships for programming that focuses on the rights of women and girls. To inquire about possible collaboration, please email

Past Programming

This project’s predecessor, the Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls Initiative, aimed to address systemic gender-based discrimination and violence in Ghana and Nigeria. It engaged religious and traditional leaders as key agents whose influence was crucial in changing harmful practices perpetrated in the name of religion.

The Human Rights Program has worked closely with Christian, Muslim, and traditional leaders in Ghana and Nigeria since 2013 to explore the critical role that they and the institutions they represent can play in addressing the inequitable treatment of women and girls.

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