United Methodist Women's Pledge to Mission supports projects and organizations around the world. These partners address health, literacy, income generation, peace and many more issues that affect women, children and youth.
College and university students in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean receive scholarship awards to pursue higher education. These proven leaders become clergy, community developers, medical professionals, teachers, computer technicians, economists, lawyers and more.
International internships connect international scholarship recipients with United Methodist Women partners in the students’ home region by providing real-life job experiences in their chosen field of study, professional capacity or mission exploration.
The Women’s Foreign Missionary Society founded many institutions of learning for girls and women around the world. Some of these educational institutions developed into colleges and universities. In November 2000, United Methodist Women (then known as the Women’s Division) invited representatives from 12 institutions of higher learning from around the world to come together. Nine representatives from Asia and three from Latin America constituted the beginnings of the Higher Education Initiative. Later, six institutions of higher education in the United States, which were also founded by the predecessors of United Methodist Women, were added to the international institutions. e purpose of the Higher Education Initiative is to build mutually supportive partnership and collaborative efforts among these historically related institutions, for most of them share the common mission goal of United Methodist Women – empowering women through education.
Regional Missionaries are native to the region they serve as personnel of United Methodist Women; currently seven missionaries are at work in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. These dedicated servants build relationships with Methodist, United Methodist, ecumenical and grassroots programs that focus on issues of health, gender equality and elimination of violence among women, as well as support for the uprooted and marginalized.
Ubuntu Journeys are unique, short-term mission service opportunities for United Methodist Women to interact with the world through mission partners. Each Ubuntu Journey connects women for a faith and mission opportunity. 2015 Ubuntu Journeys will go to Costa Rica, Cambodia and Cameroon.
United Methodist Women members’ Pledge to Mission supports The Global Justice Volunteers Program of Global Ministries, a short-term service opportunity for young adults ages 18 to 30. Participants are from all over the world they serve around the globe. Small teams of volunteers spend 10 weeks during the months of June through August exploring the links between faith and social justice as they work with local grassroots organizations. Volunteers work alongside their host community to address critical issues such as HIV and AIDS, poverty, human trafficking, and migrants’ rights. This program gives the volunteers the opportunity to develop new skills, learn from local experts and channel their passion to help build just communities. Regional missionaries connect to the program in Asia and Africa.
The Bible Women program brings literacy, leadership and practical training within a theologically and culturally appropriate format to marginalized women in remote and urban areas of Asia. Starting in 2015 the Bible Women Program will expand into Africa to strengthen the role and voice of women in church and community.
Health care for women and children is at the heart of United Methodist Women today, and has been since the organization was founded in the 1800s. United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Committee on Relief will collaborate to save the lives of women and children around the world through five programmatic elements: safe births, safe motherhood, nutrition, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs) and programs that address sexual and gender-based violence
This section of United Methodist Women works for change around the world. Many advocacy and grassroots organization initiatives stem from our offices at the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN.) Along with our Washington Office on Public Policy, the staff at CCUN collaborates with secular and ecumenical partners to organize, educate and train for advocacy. Collaborating with U.N. agencies and other like-minded groups allows United Methodist Women to have a greater impact on a broad range of issues.