SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Global Fund for Women, the leading philanthropic foundation committed to supporting women's rights worldwide, met in Santiago, Chile to address the urgent problems facing women in Latin America and the Caribbean and made critical decisions about grantmaking vital to organizations in the region.
The meeting was hosted by partner women's fund, Colectivo Alquimia (Collective Alchemy). The work of Colectivo Alquimia demonstrates a profound commitment to support and strengthen the Chilean Women's Movement and to transform the notions of political and economic power in regards to women.
Organizations present at the meeting that have received grants from Global Fund for Women include: Catolicas por Derecho a Decidir (Catholics for Choice) which bring women's voices for choice to public policy discussions, and has run creative educational campaigns, such as "Condoms for Life" and mobilized women's organizations and the progressive church to gather support for the "morning after pill"; and the Associacion Nacional de Empleadas de Casa Particular (National Association of Household Employees) which provides training in leadership and human development to these women to cultivate their self-esteem, dignity and ability to realize their life goals.
Kavita Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, made this statement: "We discussed the direction and growth of the Global Fund and its political philosophy. That philosophy is rooted in feminist principles and solidarity with the Global South. Perhaps most importantly, we all share in the conviction that women themselves know best how to identify solutions to their most pressing problems and deserve access to the resources they need to address those problems.
"In every sense, the participants represented a microcosm of the vast and complex universe within which the Global Fund for Women makes decisions about how best to seed, strengthen and support women's rights organizations working to strengthen women's voices and choices around the world."
Also present at the meeting were: Senior Program Officer for the Americas, Ana Maria Enriquez, Luz Mendez, Guatemala, Director Union Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas (National Union of Guatemalan Women or UNAMG), a feminist organization promoting equal rights, social justice and respect for ethnic and cultural diversity in Guatemala; and additional leaders from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and beyond.
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 $40 million to seed, strengthen and link more than 2,700 groups in 161 countries. More information is available in six languages at www.globalfundforwomen.org.