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We make the greatest impact for women’s rights when we focus on the issues that make a vital difference for women and girls. When women and girls are free from violence—when they are empowered—when they control decisions about their own bodies—they soar. We continue to defend and expand hard-won gains in women’s rights by focusing on three critical areas:
We fund and advocate for women’s and girls’ participation, empowerment, and peace building while challenging laws, policies, cultures and behavior that perpetuates discrimination, violence and abuse.
Our goal: An end to gender based violence.
Economic & Political Empowerment
We support advocacy for economic and legal reform and women’s equal participation in local and national elections and economies. We support democracy movements and efforts to secure land, labor and property rights.
Our goal: All women are economically secure and independent and are supported by policies ensuring women’s and girls’ equal rights to resources and livelihoods.
Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
We support campaigns, service delivery, advocacy and education to influence attitudes and achieve policy change that secures women’s and girls’ full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Our goal: All women and girls are free to make their own reproductive and sexual choices. Sexual and reproductive health services and information are readily available.
While our focus is sharp, we continue to provide general support funding, which is critical to strengthen and sustain strong women’s rights movements.
Tools for Change
Our grant partners use three tools to achieve lasting change for women and girls:
Using technology to advocate, connect, and increase awareness of key issues to support global women’s right movements that are constantly learning, mobilizing and evolving. Critical issues include security, advocacy, and mapping.
Using a variety of educational approaches to build knowledge, skills, and self-confidence. This includes advocating for change through increasing public awareness and influencing attitudes in support of women’s and girls’ human rights.
To change attitudes and systems, women and girls must be leaders – in protest, advocacy, representation and mobilization. This includes providing young women with important leadership opportunities.
While we have funded in more than 170 countries, these are our current priority areas:
Asia and the Pacific
- South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
- Southeast Asia (Burma and Thai border areas, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia)
- Pacific Island Countries
Europe and Central Asia
- The Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan)
- Eastern Europe (Russian North Caucasus, Ukraine)
- South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia)
Latin America and the Caribbean
- México and Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua)
- Caribbean (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica)
- Andean Region (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia)
- Southern Cone (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina)
Middle East and North Africa
- North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia)
- The Gulf Countries (Bahrain, Yemen)
- Middle East: (Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syrian women refugees)
- Great Lakes (Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda)
- Mano River Region (Liberia, Sierra Leone)
- Northern Uganda
- The Sahel Region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger)
- Select grantees and networks in Kenya
We will continue to seed new women’s funds and support these funds in the first five years of their operation. We will not provide support to women’s funds beyond five years. Instead, we will seek partnership with more mature women’s funds in order to support new initiatives as well as emerging women-led groups in their region.