Artist Changemaker Program

Toni Cade Bambara
The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.

The Artist Changemaker Program at Global Fund for Women supports artists who are making the gender justice revolution irresistible by using their art as a tool for new visions of the world, where equity and equality for all is a reality.

The program is part of Global Fund for Women’s commitment to support movements, and offers eight artists annually a one-time, unrestricted financial award to each artist with a focus on artists based in the Global South, women artists, LGBTQI+ people, people of color, and/or artists from a marginalized community.

Global Fund for Women has supported grassroots gender justice organizations who are working at the intersection of art and activism for nearly 30 years. Since 1994, we have supported more than 200 organizations in 80 countries worldwide who use art as a strategy for social change. In 2014, Global Fund for Women merged with the International Museum of Women, launching award-winning creative online advocacy campaigns including Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, DefendHer, featuring women human rights defenders around the globe, and most recently Fundamental: Gender Justice. No Exceptions, an Emmy-nominated series of docu-shorts featuring gender justice movement leaders in five countries.



The program is shaped by our Artist Changemaker Advisory Council, a group of feminist creatives, artists, and activists whose work transcend borders, cultures, and disciplines.

1_Dayna Ash
3_Ashara Ekundayo
7_Shilo Shiv Suleman
6_Esra'a Al Shafei
8_Aisha Shillingford
10_Polina Vyzhak

Members of the Artist Changemaker Advisory Council join Global Fund for Women in imagining a world where movements for gender justice have transformed privilege and power for a few into equity and equality for all. Artist Changemaker Advisory Council members recognize and commit to a set of Guiding Principles in our shared work as they shape Global Fund for Women's Artist Changemaker Program.

Deep gratitude to the alumni of our Artist ChangemakerAdvisory Council

2022: Amina Doherty, Aweqawe Mda, Priya Kvam