Human. Right.

Human. Right. Reflections from the past. Visions of the future.

In 2013, Global Fund for Women celebrated our 25th Anniversary. Human. Right. showcases our groundbreaking history and our impact on global women's movements worldwide, and celebrates our vision for the future.

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Girls Hold the Solutions

At the Global Fund for Women, our experience demonstrates the multiplier effect that young women leaders can have in the fight against global poverty. As girls’ lives change for the better, their families, communities, and the world benefit.


Since 2006, Global Fund has been a member of the Nike Foundation's Grassroots Girls Initiative (GGI). We talk to, learn from, and share insights with five other leading organizations.

Real Results for Girls

Read about the impact of grantee partner, SIN-DO.


Our involvement affirms a key aspect of our theory of change: that supporting adolescent girls with access to equal rights and education is essential for true community transformation. To help develop the next generation of women leaders, roughly one-third of the groups we support incorporate adolescent girls in their programming.

As a member of the Grassroots Girls Initiative, we’re proud to announce a new report, Grassroots Girls Solutions. Among the six case studies is one of our grantee partner, SIN-DO. Learn how SIN-DO’s economic empowerment programs for mothers and training programs for parents resulted in a striking increase in school enrollment and graduation rates for girls.

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Breaking Through: Gender Equality in Asia & the Pacific

In 2008, Global Fund for Women launched the Breakthrough Project –– a three-year, $2.2 million investment to catalyze strategic, breakthrough, actions to advance gender equality in Asia and the Pacific. A new, independent evaluation of the project documents impact and captures learning.

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Investing in Women's Rights Movements in the Middle East and North Africa

Investing in Women's Rights Movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a summary of the Global Fund for Women's grantmaking in the region. Since 1989, the Global Fund for Women has provided nearly $10 million in vital core support to 384 women-led groups in 14 countries throughout the MENA. The report charts the success of the 2003 MENA Initiative, which grew our grantmaking to the region by 400 percent, and highlights several success stories of transformational social change led by and for women. Investing in Women's Rights also outlines the Global Fund for Women's movement building strategies in the region, including efforts to prioritize support to rural women, young women, and women living in conflict and war.

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Funding a Women’s Movement Against Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: 2004-2009

congo_report.jpg Funding a Women’s Movement Against Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: 2004-2009 is an in-depth study of the underlying causes of violence in the region and how Global Fund support has helped women’s groups to promote women's leadership, peace, justice, and respect for human rights. Over five years, we supported 70 groups with over $880,000 in grants as they implemented innovative community-based strategies. The report shares 10 case studies and recommendations for donors. The report is authored by Muadi Mukenge, Program Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Caitlin Stanton, Senior Development Officer and Aimée Mwadi Kady, GFW Advisor and National Director of SWAA-Congo. The report is available in English and French.

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Caught in the Storm: The Impact of Natural Disasters

 Caught in the Storm: The Impact of Natural Disasters by Global Fund Activist in Residence, Lin Chew and President Kavita Ramdas explores the disproportionate vulnerability of women in disaster situations and offers recommendations for changing the effects of disasters on women's lives.

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