From Chernobyl, Lessons for Maternal Health in Japan

On the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, GFW's Whitney Graham and Elena I. Nicklasson explore the maternal health implications of the unfolding Fukushima nuclear crisis in an op-ed published by Inter Press Service. Their piece outlines the impact on women's health and lessons learned from Chernobyl, as well as steps the Japanese government should take to protect women's reproductive health. Learn more »


Our Bodies, Our Choices: Funding Reproductive Rights Globally


Members of Women Link Worldwide in Colombia.
Members of Women Link Worldwide in Colombia.


San Francisco, CA — As funds dry up for reproductive health worldwide and as the U.S. Congress threatens to de-fund Planned Parenthood, the Global Fund for Women gave over $1.75 million in grants to 129 women-led groups in 59 countries around the world in our spring docket. Over 40% of these grants were distributed among women’s groups working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women.

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Re-energized by Transnational Feminist Exchanges

By Shalini Nataraj, Vice-President of Programs

“In this space, I could just BE. I did not have to prove myself.  In my country, and in every space I am in, I have to make the case for women’s rights, why I do this work, why my organization takes on controversial issues… why, why, why.  Here, among you all, I do not have to prove myself. I can relax and reflect.”
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Global Fund Triple Award Winner

Council on Foundations logoThe Council on Foundations honored the Global Fund for Women with two gold and one silver awards for excellence in communications. The Wilmer Shields Rich Awards program recognizes effective communications efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.

For Global Fund Board Chair Leila Hessini, the three Wilmer Shields awards are a testament to the important role of communications in building movements.  “The awards demonstrate the depth and breadth of the GFW’s reach, our commitment to excellence in responding to the needs of women-led organizations and communicating their stories to a global audience,” said Hessini.

Gold awards went to the website,, and 2010 Annual Report - “Another World is on Her Way” featuring a poster with a map of the world in multiple languages.

Our special Impact report on the Democratic Republic of Congo – “Funding a Women’s Movement Against Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: 2004-2009” was awarded a silver medal in the Special Reports category.

Authored by Global Fund Program Director Muadi Mukenge, Caitlin Stanton and Advisor Aimee Muadi Kady, the Congo report examines the ways women’s groups use Global Fund support to implement community-based strategies to restore peace and create just communities.

The presentation of the awards takes place during the Council on Foundations’ Annual Conference.

GFW and Partners Gain Momentum in U.S.-Based Lawsuit

This week brought great news to the Global Fund for Women and other members of the ACLU-led coalition challenging the controversial FISA Amendments Act (FAA) passed in July 2008.

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