Women-led organisations that are working to advance the human rights of women and girls outside the United States are now invited to apply for funding during 2016.
The Global Fund for Women is a publicly supported non-profit grant-making foundation that advances women’s human rights by investing in women-led organisations worldwide. It provides general operating support grants to organisations working at the local, regional and national levels to enable women and girls to reach their potential and live free of discrimination and violence. To date, it has made a total of 10,330 grants totalling nearly £125 million to 4,821 organisations in 175 countries.
Funding is available for work in the following areas:
- Zero Violence – to end gender based violence. Funding for women’s and girls’ participation, empowerment, and peace building while challenging laws, policies, cultures and behaviour that perpetuates discrimination, violence and abuse.
- Economic and Political Empowerment – to ensure all women are economically secure and independent and are supported by policies ensuring women’s and girls’ equal rights to resources, livelihoods and political voice. The Fund supports advocacy for economic and legal reform and women’s equal participation in local and national elections and economies, as well as democracy movements and efforts to secure land, labour and property rights.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – to ensure all women and girls are free to make their own reproductive and sexual choices and that sexual and reproductive health services and information are readily available. The Fund supports campaigns, service delivery, advocacy and education to influence attitudes and achieve policy change that secures women’s and girls’ full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The 2016 application process is now open with a deadline of 31 January 2016.
Full details, including an application form and guidelines, can be found on the Global Fund for Women website: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/information-for-applicants.