The Rising Tide in Asia and the Pacific

What happens when one of the world’s leading women’s rights foundations receives its largest single grant in history? We rise and team up with women-led organizations in Asia and the Pacific to propel progress for women, communities, and nations.


With a four-year, $5.9 million investment from the Dutch Foreign Ministry, women-led organizations are leading the charge to end violence and poverty. They are recruiting women to run for office and applying grassroots solutions to climate change.

Follow us through 2015 as we build on the successes of our Breakthrough Project and learn from a region where women’s rights are changing virtually overnight.

Our Impact







As of April 30, 2013

Our Grantee Partners

As of April 2013, Global Fund for Women awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to 52 women-led organizations working in 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Use this map to spot our grantee partners.

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The Stories

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A Leader All Along

When her husband’s alcoholism became so debilitating that he could no longer work, Kanthi Wijekoon had to make a difficult decision. She left her three small children in Sri Lanka with hopes of making higher wages as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia. Read more »

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Tiwi’s Raincoat

At first, Tiwi’s work was caring for her family. But with the cost of living in Indonesia on the rise, Tiwi needed more money just to keep up. So, like many women between the ages of 20 and 50 in her country, Tiwi started working on contract, making leather goods for a local factory. Read more »

Our Partners

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Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand

APWLD has been a powerhouse of advocacy and activism for 25 years. With 180 member-groups from over 25 countries, they are a leading voice for women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific. Read more »

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Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, Quezon City, Philippines

In the age of globalization, DAWN’s network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists work for economic and gender justice – basic human rights often overlooked during rapid development. Read more »


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This project is made possible thanks to the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) project is a 80.5 million euro fund initiated by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide. FLOW focuses on women's leadership in three priority areas: security (including violence against women and UN Resolution 1325), economic empowerment (with an emphasis on food security, land, water and economic rights) and participation and representation of women in politics and public administration.

We are grateful to the Government of the Netherlands for their investment in women.


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