Introducing the Co-Design Partners of the Feminist Accountability Process for the Generation Equality

Between September 2022 and March 2023, Global Fund for Women is funding 21 grassroots organizations—known as the Co-Design group—from across the world to hold power to account. Through collective communication, data, and advocacy strategy, they will co-design a Feminist Accountability Framework and work with feminist movement leaders to advocate for GEF commitment makers to deliver on their promises to advance gender equality over the next five years, prioritizing direct and flexible funding for feminist movements.

Global Fund for Women is thrilled to announce the 21 Co-Design Partners of the Feminist Accountability Process for the Generation Equality. Learn more about them here.

The Framework will be launched during the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 67) that will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023, in New York.

Centering the real changemakers: feminist movements

Only 1.9% of all funding makes it to women and girls. The multitude of commitments announced at the GEF has the potential to catalyze transformative change if the financial resources flow in a flexible way to real changemakers: feminist movements, particularly in the Global South—where women, adolescents, girls, and ALL historically marginalized people are creating change and are still under-resourced.

To this end, an intersectional, feminist-led and transparent accountability process will be essential to the GEF’s success. It is imperative that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); youth, adolescent,s and girls; people with disabilities; trans and gender non-conforming people; and more are centered in this process.

Throughout this process, we are working with the Steering Committee members Women's Environment  &  Development Organization  (WEDO)Fòs  FeministaThe Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Batonga Foundation, ATHENA Network, and Restless Development to ensure we support a diverse group of actors and decision-makers, with a focus on those living and working in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Asia-Pacific region. Grassroots organizations in the Global South are too often under-resourced and underrepresented in international forums. Yet, they are at the frontlines of change and know what their communities need best.

Organizations and individuals can get involved in this initiative by engaging with this accountability process on social media, sharing details about it with regional partners, and by attending actions, events, and shared spaces organized by the Co-design group.

While grantmaking is currently closed, if you or your organization is working with feminist movements or on an accountability or GEF initiative and would like to be added to a list of partners, please send an email to [email protected] informing your name, contact information, organization website/social media, areas of work and interests, and potential areas of collaboration to the GEF Feminist Accountability Process.

A Feminist Accountability Process for the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) is a multi-stakeholder initiative funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Children's Investment Fund Foundation.