We at GREAT believe that many women's lack of basic human rights, let alone equal rights, across the globe is the greatest human rights abuse of the 21st century.
Women are the developing world's greatest asset but without education and participation in the decision making process they are ill-equipped to achieve their potential. No country can afford to leave half its workforce uneducated, unrepresented and without a voice.
The Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust is dedicated to amplifying the voices of these unheard millions of women, lobbying to see their inclusion in political and civil society, and fundraising to support grassroots NGOs working on the ground in Africa and beyond.
Our partner is Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), a highly respected NGO. We believe that by working with African women, who know better than anyone what needs to be done at grassroots level, we are most likely to be able to effect a genuine impact on their lives and their communities.
Our belief is that the best strategy is to empower and enable African women to take the lead on such projects. Together, we seek to become a coalition focus point for women and gender groups around the world.
We are also committed to expanding the profile of the FAS African Gender Award, a brilliant initiative to make gender improvements a covetable goal rather than reluctant responsibility for African leaders.
This year's recipient is Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, Africa's first female president.
When you educate a woman, you educate her children, and offer a future to whole communities. To support us in our campaign, we have gathered together many leading figures from the world of politics, business, charities and NGO's, and other high-profile individuals from the arts and media.