What is Gender Justice?

Global Fund for Women envisions a world where movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all.

Our feminism is rooted in intersectionality. We know that there is no gender justice without racial justice, queer justice, immigration justice, and climate justice.

We define gender justice as the systemic redistribution of power, opportunities, and access for people of all genders through the dismantling of harmful structures including patriarchy, homophobia, and transphobia. Similar to terms like racial justice and climate justice, it signifies an intersectional approach that centers the needs, experiences, and leadership of people most impacted by discrimination and oppression.

In crafting our definition, we were particularly inspired by Third Wave Fund, which draws on Black intersectional feminist thought and recognizes that “gender oppression is tied to classism, racism, ageism, and ableism, so gender justice can only truly be achieved when all forms of oppression cease to exist.”

In the U.S., the growing Movement for Black Lives, reignited by the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Tony McDade, and many more by the American police, has inspired a deep racial reckoning. Read our statement in support of Black Lives Matter.

This movement has successfully led to necessary reflections about systemic and deep-seated racism in every aspect of our society—including in the women’s rights, aid, and philanthropy sector.

The movement-led approach outlined under our new strategic framework supports shifting power and resources into the hands of community leaders, many in the Global South, who are most impacted by the issues they seek to address. Utilizing a gender justice framework also allows for movements to define their own priorities and indicators of success. By embracing grassroots movement leadership and participatory grantmaking, we aim to mitigate the harm of discriminatory, racist, and toxic practices by funders. Under our new strategic plan, we are also committed to working to ensure that our internal practices are aligned with our core values.

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Courageous women and girls around the world are demanding power and resources to realize their rights. Join them and raise your voice in the fight for gender justice.