The CHANGEMAKERS Program is part of Global Fund for Women’s commitment to support and bring light to gender justice movements and gender justice leaders defying the odds for social justice today.
Through the CHANGEMAKERS program, we share the stories of leaders in various fields—from artists, athletes, activists, and more—who are currently bringing about impactful change in their respective fields. This includes but is not limited to activists like Loretta J. Ross, professional athletes like Joanna Lohman, and our incredible advisors and grantee partners around the world.
Check out our CHANGEMAKERS program and learn more about feminist leaders making a difference.
Loretta J. Ross
Loretta J. Ross joined the women’s movement in 1978 by working at the first rape crisis center in the United States and learned about women’s human rights, reproductive justice, white supremacy, and women of color organizing. Co-founder of SisterSong, she currently speaks, trains, consults, and lectures on many issues including Reproductive Justice, Appropriate Whiteness, Human Rights, Violence Against Women, and Calling in the Calling Out Culture.
Cecilia Palmeiro (she/her) is one of the founders of the transformative Latin American feminist movement Ni Una Menos, or “Not One Woman Less,” which organizes to end femicide and gender-based violence. The Ni Una Menos collective has been supported by Global Fund for Women since 2017. She is also a writer, literary critic, performer, feminist activist, and queer feminist theorist.
Merlina Anunnaki (she/her) is a feminist graphic artist from Bolivia, devoted to illustration, screen printing, and woodcutting. She is a self-taught artist whose works are visual, political manifestos about the struggle for autonomous bodies and territories.
Shika/Shieko Reto (she/her) is a visual artist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whose work features trans women’s experiences from Malaysia, LGBTQIA+ rights, environmental concerns, and human rights issues.
Jono Lena (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Salvador, Brazil. Her art revolves around gender, identity, ancestrality, and race in the face of white, heterocispatriarchal systems of oppression. Created from the center of what she calls the crossroads of sound, imagery, word, and body, her experimentation aims to reject the victimhood imposed upon Black, trans, queer, and gender non-conforming corporalities.
As a feminist and environmental activist in Africa, Crispine Ngena (She/Her)works with women, young girls, and indigenous communities to build egalitarian communities for a better future, challenge existing harmful cultural norms, and practices and replacing them with new ones for change. Her simple ask? Close the sustainable development gap.