GFW Awards $1.6 Million to Women’s Groups in 58 Countries

In our 22-year her-story, Global Fund has been proud of our work in strengthening key women’s rights groups and in helping build movements. In the April 2010 grant cycle, we are giving $1.6 million in grants to 108 women’s groups in 58 countries.

The awards range from seeding grants of $3,500 to multiyear grants of $150,000.This is the third docket of our annual grant-making cycle, and the money will be disbursed among five regions:

  • $368,500 to 28 groups in the Americas
  • $338,000 to 12 groups in Asia and Oceania
  • $405,000 to 17 groups in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
  • $163,000 to 12 groups in Middle East and North Africa
  • $364,000 to 39 groups in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The grant recommendations in this docket reflect our commitment to strengthening key organizations, often the only ones doing the kind of work they do in their countries and sometimes even regionally. We are proud to be able to support regional and national networks, as well as groups that are essential to movement-building and use advocacy and building public pressure on governments and its institutions as a core strategy."
Shalini Nataraj, Vice President of Programs

Regional Highlights:

Grameena Mahila Okkuta with their fists raised in a cheerAsia/Oceania: Grameena Mahila Okkuta (GMO) is a network of 320 rural Self-Help Groups of Dalit women in 160 villages in the south Indian state of Karnataka. GMO has provided legal, financial, and moral support to more than 150 Dalit and underprivileged women, to enable them to become registered owners of their land in the past three years. GMO has received a $20,000 grant for its advocacy on women's rights to own post-disaster housing and its critical work on building rural women's leadership. (GFW Grant in this docket: $20,000; Total Grants from GFW: $20,500)

Two women from the International Communication Women Center speak into microphonesSub-Saharan Africa: Operating in the Kwara state of Nigeria, the International Communication Women Center (IWCC) focuses on poverty alleviation and education through providing training on human rights and vocational skills, advocating for land rights and against harmful traditional practices, and facilitating community responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. IWCC is also part of national initiatives to monitor implementation of CEDAW and the Millennium Development Goals. The $20,000 grant from GFW will enable IWCC to conduct advocacy to improve health services and access for Muslim Nigerian women. (GFW Grant in this docket: $20,000; Total Grants from GFW: $98,000)

Portrait of a representative of the Haifa Feminist CenterMiddle East & North Africa: Isha l’Isha the Haifa Feminist Center works with women trafficked into the sex industry in Israel. The group has published a report on the effects of the war on victims of trafficking and local women working in prostitution and utilizes a range of activities from advocacy, to public education campaign, to training and direct services in its fight against trafficking and forced prostitution. With GFW grant support, the group will hold training and capacity building courses for women from marginalized communities, to continue its advocacy efforts by participating in parliamentary meetings, and to create a comprehensive database of academic articles focusing on women’s reproductive rights. (GFW Grant in this docket: $20,000; Total Grants from GFW: $92,000)

ECIS: ANIMA Centar za Zenske i Mirovne Organizacije was founded in 1996 in Montenegro, to promote peace and nonviolence through education and refugee assistance. Together with grantee partner Women in Black Serbia, ANIMA’s Building Peace project will travel to eight towns throughout Montenegro and conduct 16 workshops to gather women’s input on developing a feminist approach to transitional justice and implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (more women’s leadership and participation in peacemaking). (GFW Grant in this docket: $15,000; Total Grants from GFW: $45,500)

Americas: Red Departamental de Mujeres del Cauca, was founded in 2005 as a network of women’s organizations, to consolidate the women’s movement in the department of Cauca, and to empower women politically and socially. The last 40 years in Colombia’s history has been marred by armed conflict. Women, who are disproportionately represented among the displaced and vulnerable, are exploited, and under served. This network is ensuring women’s full participation in building peace in their communities in Cauca. (GFW Grant in this docket: $15,000; Total Grants from GFW: $22,500)


By Iris Garcia, Program Team; Christine Ahn & Preeti Shekar, Communications Team


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