SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In a show of solidarity and support to the thousands of people who lost loved ones, livelihoods and security as a result of the tsunami, the Global Fund for Women has reached out to all the women's rights organizations it supports in the affected region and has moved swiftly to award grants to several of its grantees.
Grantees to receive funds are:
Centre for Environment & Development, Godavary, India,
supporting income generating activities and distributing safe drinking water, food and basic medical supplies to over 300 fisherwomen and their families.
Indira Female Peer Educators Collective, Chennai, India,
providing much-needed basic necessities and trauma counseling to women disproportionately affected by the lack of resources and shelter in Chennai.
Siyath Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
empowering craftswomen in the coastal fishing communities of Sri Lanka's southern coastal belt, a region devastated by the tsunami.
Association of War Affected Women, Anniewatta, Sri Lanka,
reconstructing houses, toilets and medical facilities for women widowed by Sri Lanka's civil war, now victims of the tsunami.
Additional grants are pending.
The Global Fund for Women is concerned about the disproportionate effects of the tsunami on women and children, who are often underserved by disaster relief efforts. The Global Fund for Women remains committed to providing long-term support for local groups in the affected regions with grants that will help communities rebuild, prevent sexual violence, and ensure that women and children are accorded their full human rights in all aspects of social, political and economic development.
About the Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that supports women's rights organizations in every part of the world. It is the largest foundation in the world that focuses exclusively on international women's rights. The Global Fund for Women envisions a just and democratic world where women and men participate equally in all aspects of society. Grants support women's organizations working to protect women from violence, increase girls' access to education, and improve economic opportunity. Since 1987, the Global Fund has awarded more than $38 million to seed, strengthen and link more than 2,600 groups in 160 countries. More information is available in six languages at www.globalfundforwomen.org .