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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Lydia Alpizar Duran on Women Human Rights Defenders

GFW Board Member Lydia Alpizar writes about the significance of the March 8th meeting in Geneva with Margaret Sekaggya, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, who is calling for the recognition of and gender-specific protections for women human rights defenders to the Human Rights Council.


Women and Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa

GFW's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Zeina Zaatari appeared in a discussion on women and social change in the region that aired February 9, 2011 on TVO. In the midst of historic socio-political changes in the region, Zeina commented on the role of Egyptian women in the recent demonstrations and the possibility for gains in women's rights in Egypt. The show also discussed recent events in Tunisia and the legacy of the Iranian Revolution for other countries in the region.

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