Mission: To fund bold, ambitious, and expansive gender justice movements to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes.
About the organization: Founded in 1987 based on the belief that women's human rights are essential to social, economic, and political change around the world, Global Fund for Women envisions a world where movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all. In the course of more than three decades, Global Fund for Women has awarded grants totaling more than $169 million to over five thousand women's groups in a hundred and seventy-six countries in support of feminist movements and grassroots organizers working to end civil wars, elect female heads of state, and secure laws providing new protections to millions of people. Today, building on historic gains and the latest research, the organization is expanding its support or movements that create and sustain long-term social transformation.
Current programs: Anchored in feminist principles, Global Fund for Women leverages deeply rooted relationships and technical expertise to support grassroots organizations and movements with the flexible financing and resources they need to maximize impact. The fund takes a movement-led approach to grantmaking, supporting grassroots efforts ranging from the promotion of domestic and migrant workers' rights, to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights including abortion, to ending sexual and gender-based violence. The organization also supports peer learning and exchange through travel and event grants; hosts "convenings" and joint opportunities to strategize; offers opportunities to connect with philanthropists and activists; and provides tools and resources that help strengthen institutions.
Global Fund for Women's major initiatives include the Adolescent Girls Fund, a multiyear effort to lay the groundwork for long-term collaboration and movement building with and for adolescent girls; a Collective Impact Partnership aimed at increasing the economic power of women and girls in India; AmplifyChange, a fund for advancing sexual rights and health; Ending Gender-Based Violence in the Garment Industry, a collaborative partnership in support of women workers; and Seeds of Change, an initiative focused on advancing women's agriculture and leadership in Africa.
COVID-19 response: The organization's COVID-19 response includes increasing its Crisis Fund grantmaking in support of coronavirus response, recovery, and resilience efforts and giving grantees flexibility in the use of funding and reporting requirements. In addition, Global Fund for Women and its grantee partners launched #LetThePrisonersOut, an online campaign demanding the release of women human rights defenders and other vulnerable prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned without charge or trial and at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Website: Visitors to the Global Fund for Women website can learn more about gender justice, explore the organization's grantmaking and program priorities, search its grants database, or look up current campaigns. They also can find out how to take action or make a donation in support of gender justice during the COVID-19 crisis or to the organization.
Funding: Global Fund for Women is supported by individual donors, private foundations, governments, NGOs, women's funds, and corporations.