Founded upon grassroots networking and outreach projects, WUTMI is dedicated to empowering Marshallese women through cultural preservation, capacity-building, sustainable development, and human rights advocacy. WUTMI also provides advocacy and technical support in social and gender issues.
As its reach has expanded throughout the Republic, WUTMI has refocused its own goals, improving institutional, managerial and technical functions. It has eight full-time and 16 part-time staff, servicing 1000 members. Every two years, the WUTMI General Assembly brings together 24 chapters from around the country (plus two international chapters) to share their successes, obtain training, and network.
In 2000, WUTMI opened its current office in Majuro – the capital and largest city of the Marshall Islands. Majuro occupies a large coral atoll of 64 islands enclosing a lagoon of 295 km2, with a land area of 9.7 km2, featuring a port, shopping district, hotels, and international airport. The main centre houses a population of over 20,000 and there is a large expatriate community of Americans, Filipinos, and some Australians and New Zealanders. The highest elevation is less than 3 metres above sea level and popular pastimes include swimming, snorkelling, diving, wind-surfing, and visiting beautiful, uninhabited islets. There are also active fishing and yacht clubs.
WUTMI staff members need additional training and advisory support in project management and fundraising, thereby improving the effectiveness and impact of their work. The Marshall Islands' economy is largely based on US aid and better project results will improve chances of continued and expanded donor support. WUTMI currently does not have funding to pay for this kind of mentoring and there isn’t a Marshallese available locally to provide this expertise.