WomenOne is a non-profit devoted to creating positive change in the lives of women and girls globally through access to quality education.

What We’re Doing

WomenOne is a new non-profit, created in 2011. However, even in this short time we have already traveled a long way to identify the needs of women and girls across the globe and give them a voice. We work in partnerships with other non-profits, such as UNICEF and Free the Children.

WomenOne uses three pillars of support: See, Say, and Do.  These pillars allow us to identify the need for women and girls, gather and share their stories, and provide the opportunity for change.

See: WomenOne, on our own and in collaboration with other non-profits, identifies women and girls in need across the globe.

Say: We create awareness by sharing the stories we gather.

  • Communicating the stories through all media outlets.
  • Engaging our networks and partners to get involved.
  • Raising awareness and funds by connecting those in need, with those who want to make a difference.

Do: We work independently or in partnership with organizations, such as UNICEF and Free the Children, to provide sustainable opportunities for women and girls to improve the quality of their lives.

Our Journey - Where We Have Traveled

Kenya | Sep 18, 2012

Kisaruni All-Girls High School

Dayle traveled with Free the Children and Artbound  to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Along with a small group, she helped build the first all girls’ high school in the poorest part of the Mara. During the construction, she discovered that the young girls who were just starting school didn’t have the funds to pay their tuitions. That evening at dinner Dayle shared the discovery with her fellow travelers and challenged them to sponsor some of the girls they had grown to know and admire. With the enthusiasm and generosity of the Artbound group and the amazing support of Canadian singer Nelly Furtado, a small group of girls were immediately sponsored. It was only the beginning!

Inspired by these determined girls, Dayle told their stories over and over. During the following months, through the generosity of friends and colleagues, one by one, each of the girls were fully supported for their four years of high school. They had the added delight to be able to follow the progress of these inspiring girls through their photos and letters.

WomenOne, with the love and support of so many, has changed the lives of these girls. Without this education their future was certain: circumcision, arranged marriage and numerous children and a life of poverty. Today they joyfully speak of wanting to be doctors, lawyers, journalists and even a pilot!

See: WomenOne identified the need for tuition funding for the first wave of girls at Kisaruni High School.

Say: WomenOne shared the girls' stories through the media and with friends who wanted to make a difference.

Do: WomenOne raised over 150,000 dollars for the girls' tuition through their four years of high school. We are now working on raising the funds for the next 100 girls!

Bolivia | Sep 18, 2009

My Trip to Bolivia

Dayle journaled her story of her trip to Bolivia with UNICEF for Huffington Post. She traveled to the capital, La Paz and into the interior, Cochabamba.  They drove on winding dirt roads up the mountains to see  UNICEF supported schools where children had walked miles to attend. She spent time in a center for abandoned children and met with families devastated by HIV/Aids.

You can read her personal story below.

Article from the Huffington Post, Part 1:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dayle-haddon/my-trip-to-bolivia_b_564231.html

Article from the Huffington Post, Part 2:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dayle-haddon/my-trip-to-bolivia-part-2_b_568894.html

Congo | Jul 18, 2008

The Need in the Congo

Dayle was invited by ENOUGH Project to the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) to gather information on the conflict there and particularly the effect it had on women and girls. The trip’s purpose was a fact-finding mission to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict and to establish an activist constituency giving voice to the thousands of voiceless victims.Eastern Congo has been the epicentre of the deadliest war since World War II with 5.4 million dead and counting. Congolese women and girls, in particular, bear the vicious brunt of this crisis. Congo is considered one of the worst places in the world to be female with sexual violence and rape on a scale seldom seen in the world.Dayle traveled to Goma and Bukavu and the rebel territories in North Kivu. She visited Heal Africa and Panzi Hospital, where hundreds of women and girls who had been brutally raped, were being healed. To interview young girls in one of the safe houses in rebel territory, the Enough team drove a spine crunching six hours on rough dirt roads in the back of an ambulance, the only vehicle able to pass the armed militia. They met with girls as young as thirteen, shyly clutching their babies, the result of their violent rapes by the rebels.

Jeanne was fifteen when she was captured by rebels and repeatedly raped for a month, then thrown into a ditch to die. Rescued and taken to Panzi hospital, she underwent many operations to heal her physical wounds. Jeanne was abandoned by her family and, as is often the case with women who have been raped, ostracized by her village. When she heals, she must learn a trade to develop a source of income to be able to support herself.

Dayle wrote and filmed Jeannes’ saga for CNN.com and shared her story on CNN and CNNI. With more than a million hits on the web and many more millions worldwide through the broadcast, Jeanne’s’ story brought global attention to what was happening to women and girls in Eastern Congo. Through ENOUGH, speaker panels were organized in New York, Washington and LA to report on these tragedies and to ultimately bring awareness and action for the thousands of desperate women and girls of Congo.

Angola | May 18, 2008

The Inspiration for WomenOne

The idea for WomenOne was born while Dayle was on a field trip to a rural clinic in Angola. She realized that many of the women who walked all night with their children to get medical help were unable to get the care they desperately needed. The small clinic, the only facility administering to women for miles around, did not have the essential equipment to care for the women. Dayle was shocked to learn from the doctors that it was the lack of just two microscopes that could change the course of these women’s lives. How could a change that seemed so small make such a big difference? It was there and then, that WomenOne began. Dayle also recognized that so many women she met during her book tours, lectures and television appearances wanted to make a difference. They just didn’t know where to start. The seed of WomenOne was planted in remote and devastated rural Angola. The mission of WomenOne, it’s possibility and potential, became a reality through the passions and generosity of the thousands of women who heard Dayle’s stories and simply wanted to do more.

New York | Sep 15, 1995

L'Oréal Women of Worth

Dayle has recently been nominated the Global Ambassador for L'Oréal Women of Worth.  Since it’s inception and for five years, Dayle has served as a judge on the committee for the Woman of Worth program. This grassroots initiative has recognized, celebrated and supported women who are making a difference in their communities in the US.

Each year, ten women are selected who actively serve their community through volunteering and exemplify their dedication to a cause close to their hearts.  Partnering with CNN for The Women’s Summit, L’Oréal brings the winners to New York to be honored at the summit as unsung heroines. Each woman receives financial support for their personal cause and are nationally recognized, giving them the opportunity to do more to benefit their communities.