11.2015 issue

beneficiary and volunteer at Tadamon, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut, Lebanon

On the Ground in Lebanon: Stepping up for Women and Children in the Refugee Crisis

Global Fund for Women’s Jane Sloane shares her experience of a refugee camp in Lebanon during her October visit to the Middle East, and explains what our grantee partners are doing to help women and girls affected by the refugee crisis. The devastating civil war in Syria has cost over 300,000 lives, displaced more than…

Bold Together: November 2015 Letter from the Editor

There is something deeply powerful about women coming together to fight for a common cause—so powerful that it must be threatening to the core systems of power. Otherwise, it is hard to explain why the concepts of equality and justice are causing so much controversy right now. Around the world, activists feel that a diverse…

Group photo from the 2014 launch of the Women's Platform for Peace in Addis Ababa

The Women’s Platform Meets in Eastern Congo to Implement 2013 Peace Accord

The women leaders came by boat. They came by bus, traveling from rural areas for hours to a meeting they had been anticipating for months. Some took flights, eager to meet fellow activists for peace and women’s rights. The 50 women met in Goma, in northeastern Congo, the epicenter of a regional war that still…

Transformative Women's Leadership: An Interview with The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

Genevieve Sukhdeo is the communications officer and Menka Goundan is the research officer for grantee partner the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Global Fund for Women interviewed Genevieve and Menka as part of a learning project evaluating our FLOW program to find out how the groups involved built transformative women’s leadership for social change. The Fiji…

Transformative Women's Leadership: An Interview with National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD), Nepal

This interview was conducted as part of the FLOW Learning Project on Tranformative Women’s Leadership. See more about the project here. Dr. Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari is a seasoned human rights activist. As a young woman, she was a student activist, and post-graduation she continued her activism as a young doctor during the democratic movement in Nepal…

Transformative Women's Leadership: An Interview with Red Flag Women’s Movement, Sri Lanka

Meneha Kandasemy, 49, is a founding member of the Red Flag Women’s Movement, a grantee partner in Sri Lanka. Global Fund for Women interviewed Meneha as part of a learning project evaluating our FLOW program and how the groups involved built transformative women’s leadership for social change.  Red Flag Women’s Movement Sri Lanka is the…

Indian women lift their arms in a cheer

What does it take to build transformative women’s leadership for social change?

Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) is a fund initiated by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide. From 2012 to 2015, Global Fund for Women received a $5.9 million dollar investment from this fund to support women led organizations in Asia and the Pacific. The grant…