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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Funding a Global Movement to End Violence Against Women

Highlights of recent Global Fund for Women grantees challenging violence.

San Francisco, CA—On January 31st, 2011, the Global Fund for Women Board approved $1.8 million in grants to 128 women's rights groups in 64 countries around the world.

“Women are challenging violence by first making it visible and then resisting pressure from their communities to ignore or accept violence as normal. It is remarkable how women continually find innovative ways to end violence against women and girls. Some engage directly with religious leaders, while others fight for laws that protect women,” - Dr. Zeina Zaatari, Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa.

Kharkove Gender Resource Center protests gender-based violence

While our grantees work to improve all aspects of women's human rights, we're highlighting the work of women challenging gender-based violence as it remains a critical priority for feminist activism and is among our core funding priorities. Here are a few examples of the diverse ways in which our grantee partners are contributing to a powerful global women's movement to end gender-based violence:

  • In Ukraine, the Kharkov Gender Resource Center established the nation's first Gender Museum and toured its large-scale exhibition, “World Without Violence,” across the country and globally to raise public awareness of the issue. Grant in this docket: $14,000
  • In Southeast Nigeria, the Center for the Eradication of All Forms of Violence Against Women, a network of our grantees, is transforming traditional societal values that perpetuate gender violence by educating and engaging traditional and religious leaders to become allies in the movement to end gender violence. Grant in this docket: $9,000
  • Our first ever grantee in the Maldives, the Maldivian Network on Violence Against Women is promoting women's local political participation as a way to advance laws and policies that protect women. Grant in this docket: $9,000
  • In Argentina, the Instituto de Género, Derecho y Desarrollo, builds links between the indigenous and women’s movements to learn from each other and work collaboratively to end gender violence. Grant in this docket: $10,000
  • In Egypt, Nadim Center in Egypt addresses violence against women at the individual and systemic level by providing counseling and legal aid services to women survivors of domestic and state violence while advocating for protective laws. Grant in this docket: $52,000 over two years

Learn more about other groups we support!

For more information about our work, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Deborah Holmes

Vice President of Communications
Ph: 415-248-4800

About the Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is the world’s largest public foundation investing exclusively in women’s rights globally. Since 1987, the Global Fund has played a vital role in catalyzing a global women’s rights movement by mobilizing nearly $85 million dollars from more than 20,000 individuals and institutions to invest in over 4,200 women’s groups in 171 countries. By funding and linking grantees, donors, activists and policymakers, we have fostered a global network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice.

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