Global Fund for Women Awards $1.89 million to Women’s Groups in 67 Countries

San Francisco—Thanks to generous donors and skillful financial stewardship, women’s groups around the world can continue to count on the Global Fund for Women to support their work. Our June docket of grants totaling $1.89 million will support 151 women’s groups in 67 countries. This brings the total amount given to women’s organizations in the 2009-2010 fiscal year to more than $8.5 million, in the face of lingering economic recession both domestically here in the US and globally.

The Global Fund for Women makes “high impact” grants to women-led organizations that promote women’s rights and address the root causes of women’s oppression. Most groups work under extraordinary circumstances, from natural disasters to rural areas without water to conflict zones. "The groups we support all work intimately with their communities to transform women's lived realities,” says Shalini Nataraj, Vice President of Programs. “This is crucial to support the multi-faceted ways that women work to promote and protect their rights and the well-being of their communities, even in the face of shrinking resources."

Regional Highlights:

AMERICAS: Commission of Women Victim-to-Victim (KOFAVIV), Haiti. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, KOFAVIV is now operating from a sprawling, makeshift camp of Port-au-Prince to ensure the safety of women survivors of violence and restavék children (slaves). In response to epidemic levels of rape, KOFAVIV is working to prevent and redress sexual assault and provide care for survivors. Grant in this docket: $15,000

Shaanxi Volunteer Mothers Association for Environmental Protection, ChinaASIA/OCEANIA: Shaanxi Volunteer Mothers Association for Environmental Protection, China
Shaanxi Volunteer Mothers organize over 1,000 women as defenders of the environment. The grant supports the group to work with 100 female village officials in Shaanxi Province in low-carbon development, gender awareness and environmental protection.  Grant in this docket: $20,000
Watch a YouTube video about the group’s work.

Zenska SobaECIS: Zenska Soba (Women’s Room), Croatia
Zenska provides education, research, political advocacy, and services for survivors of sexual violence. To break the silence surrounding sexuality and sexual rights in Croatia, the group is developing a curriculum about sexual rights and gender sensitivity in the country. Grant in this docket: $25,000

Association Mauritanienne pour la Santé de la Mere et de L’Enfant, MauritaniaMIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Association Mauritanienne pour la Santé de la Mere et de L’Enfant, Mauritania
Association Mauritanienne (AMSME) runs the Al-Wafa center, a listening, counseling and support center for girls aged 9 to 15 who have been abused or raped, which often result in pregnancy. The group provides psychological and legal support, a safe space, care for their children, and literacy and vocational skills. Find out more about AMSME. Grant in this docket: $20,000

Solidarité de Femmes Activistes pour la Défense des Droits HumainsSUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Democratic Republic of Congo - Solidarité de Femmes Activistes pour la Défense des Droits Humains (SOFAD), Congo.
SOFAD trains women to be strong voices in the human rights movement, especially to strengthen the rule of law. They have 50 peace networks at the village level to provide legal literacy, conduct training on women's rights, arbitrate criminal charges, provide services to rape survivors, and use music as a social platform for peace.
Grant in this docket: $30,000.

Find out more about SOFAD

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Deborah Holmes, +1.415.248.4800, dholmes[at]

About the Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is the largest publicly supported grantmaking foundation that advances human rights by investing in women-led organizations worldwide. Our international network of supporters mobilizes financial resources to support women’s contributions to social justice, equality and peace. Since 1987, the Global Fund has awarded over $82 million in grants to more than 4,000 groups in 170 countries.


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