Letter from the President and the Chair

Just like hopes springing high, 
Still, I’ll rise
— From “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s moving poem is a testimonial to the strength and endurance of the human spirit and inspired our annual report.

Spring conjures up images of growth, transformation, and renewal: buds revealing future blossoms, crops sprouting from the soil, butterflies spreading pollen. Spring also means to move upward or forward, leap, rise and dart suddenly or unexpectedly.

  Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise

Such has been our experience this year. Waves of differing financial realities touched us all. We heard and read stories about the impact of an individual’s rise to power and the rise of new movements. Our grantees experienced a lot of the unexpected—in good and not so good ways. For example, what has been described as the “Arab spring” actually turned out to be a series of “springs” throughout the region and the world: democratic movements for justice and freedom springing from place to place. Uprisings and gatherings gained momentum from one another resulting in a renewed, infectious sense of purpose, collective struggle, and sisterhood. That joy was sometimes tempered with sorrow for those who lost their lives in the campaign for justice.

Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise

The Global Fund for Women had its own spring this past year. As new leaders of the organization, we look to build on our strengths and use the opportunity of our newness to create spaces where inspiration flows. This frees us to ask, respond to and to be accountable for, the larger questions about the world we live in.

We remain focused on making sure women leaders and women-led organizations have the resources they need to do their work. We must also support them in their efforts to ensure that the impact of their work is visible in their communities, and influences policies, resource allocations and access to services. We do this collaboratively with our donors, grantees, and other partners for whom this agenda is important. Thanks to them, we will grow from excellence into significance.

Together, we rise. 

musimbi_kanyoro_th2Musimbi Kanyoro's signature

Musimbi Kanyoro
President and CEO

Leila HessiniLeila Hessini's signature

Leila Hessini
Board Chair

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