Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Integrated, Inclusive, and Intersectional: Introducing Global Fund for Women's Updated Focus Areas

A note from Leila Hessini, VP of Programs In this new video, Vice President of Programs Leila Hessini shares Global Fund for Women’s updated issue areas. We are at a pivotal moment in the world’s history as women, girls, and trans individuals face new forms of violence and unprecedented attacks. And yet, history has shown us that where there is oppression and discrimination, there is…

From Moment to Movement

“Our resistance brings us together. When they attack, it doesn’t cause terror, but rather it causes people to need each other more.” Ana Maria Hernandez is a women human rights defender from Mexico and director of long-term grantee partner Consorcio Oaxaca. This past year we saw the many ways in which women like Ana Maria were unstoppable in their efforts to bring…

Measuring a year in global resistance and interconnected movements

What a year it has been. On January 20, 2017, the new U.S. administration took office with President Trump’s Inauguration marking the official transition of power. And on the following day, millions of people from various backgrounds came together for Women’s Marches not just in Washington, D.C., but in cities across the United States, and…

Top 10 moments for women's rights in 2017

2017 has been quite a year. It was a year of resisting, of reckoning. It was a year of rollbacks and new challenges for women and girls in countless countries, from Egypt to the United States and Brazil. And it was a year of resilience and resistance on full display. As we look back on the past year,…

Historic abortion ruling in Chile seen as small step for women's movement

At the end of August, Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal voted to legalize abortion under certain circumstances, following Congress’ approval earlier that month. The legislation allows abortion under three cases: when a woman’s life is in danger; when the fetus is not viable; or when the pregnancy is the result of rape. Chile’s new law eases the…

Securing Lasting Wins for Women’s Rights: Building Momentum by 2020

The future of global women’s rights is at stake. The U.S. administration’s proposed cuts to foreign aid and stringent policies—from abortion and refugee resettlement to climate change— pose a direct threat to the health, dignity, and well-being of women and girls everywhere. We must reflect: Will women globally lose hard-won rights, or will the backlash…

The War on Women has no Borders

Spring 2017 Update “Because of all the awareness workshops, now a woman knows what her rights are. Before I didn’t know. Now we speak up.” Rajaa Iass is a Palestinian refugee and domestic violence counselor for other refugee women with Global Fund for Women grantee partner Tadamon in Lebanon. Women’s groups globally are feeling the impact…

Top 10 moments for women's rights in 2016: Inspiration for the year ahead

When you look back on 2016, what will you remember? It’s been a year filled with extreme highs and lows for women’s rights around the world. There have been rollbacks and new challenges for women and girls in countless countries, from the United States to Turkey and Brazil. As we look back on the past…

News Update: Is Zika a tipping point in the fight for reproductive rights in Latin America?

Much has changed since the Zika virus was declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization earlier this month. The WHO alert came as the infection was linked to more than 4,000 reported cases of microcephaly—a birth defect which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and brain damage—in Brazil…

How we make change happen

Fall 2015 Impact Report We are excited to share the impact of your belief in us. This past fiscal year, your generous support has helped Global Fund for Women award 495 grants in 82 countries, partnering with women-led grassroots organizations to nurture and sustain a global movement. The resilience of these women’s groups in the…