Global Fund for Women directs money to grassroots womens groups through a honed grantmaking strategy and it amplifies the voices of marginalized women and girls through creative digital storytelling and multimedia platforms. These are the primary tools Global Fund for Women uses for social change, measuring work diligently to ensure that those making investments realize the impact of their trust in Global Fund for Women and the women it supports.
Over the next three years, the Global Fund for Women commits to a $6 million investment as part of a partnership to address gender-based violence. Global Fund for Women will invest critical operating funds, provide capacity building support and project-specific grants, offer networking opportunities, and raise the visibility of women-led organizations challenging barriers to gender equality globally. The organization will make grants averaging $40,000 over two years to awarded grantee partners through our annual open call for proposals and as appropriate, through RFP processes. As a public foundation, this commitment is contingent on our ability to fundraise the dollars we grant to women-led groups. Global Fund for Women seeks to change the systems in which women and girls live and work, building movements that catalyze transformation for individuals and societies. Global Fund for Women has already successfully invested over $120 million to more than 5,000 grantees in 175 countries over the past 28 years.
Examples of new initiatives around gender-based violence include a focus on technology efforts through the Technology Fund, awareness-raising campaigns such as the Women Human Rights Defenders campaign and Fundamentalisms campaign, work as a consortium partner in AmplifyChange (focused on sexual health and reproductive rights), and a network approach to grantmaking. With this, Global Fund for Women will link groups, networks, and coalitions to advance shared learning and build powerful movements for social change.
The organizations extensive international network includes 2,000 advisors, 5,000 grantees, and over 20,000 individual and institutional funders. Global Fund for Women will use its networks, expertise, and influence to facilitate convenings of womens rights groups, foster relationships that bring more resources to womens groups, and fund important convenings and linkages in order to sustain and catalyze the global womens movement.
To track its progress, Global Fund for Womens Learning, Evaluation and Impact team will create an evaluation and learning framework, in consultation with grantees, advisors, and key partners to test, and learn how grantmaking funds are best directed, and impact best secured and sustained.
Over the course of the next year, Global Fund for Women will implement against its larger strategic plan inclusive of goals focused on GBV and efforts to reach outcomes marked for the 2020 time horizon.
July 2016 Dec. 2016: Finalize GBV in the apparel industry commitment.
Jan 2017 - June 2017: Ensure grantmaking at FYE reaches global targets for GBV initiatives.
July 2017 Dec. 2017: Evaluate AmplifyChange revenue, individual, and institutional commitments for GBV.
Jan 2018 - June 2018: Ensure grantmaking at FYE reaches global targets for GBV initiatives.
July 2018 Dec. 2018: Evaluate AmplifyChange revenue, individual, and institutional commitments for GBV.
Jan 2019 - June 2019: Ensure grantmaking at FYE reaches global targets for GBV initiatives.
With the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have marked the beginning of a new era of international development. We know that any commitment to achieve gender equality must incorporate a collective approach and that there are requirements beyond just financing. By gaining commitments from the private sector, foundations, multilateral institutions, governments (both developing and developed), academia, media and NGO leaders, paired with insight from an advisory board of international women leaders, we can systematically and effectively achieve the targets of the SDGs.
In order to advance gender equality targets, Global Fund for Women is joining a holistic coalition of multi-sectoral partners convened by No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, focusing on three core issue areas of work: 1) Promoting Womens Economic Participation; 2) Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women; and, 3) Advancing Womens Leadership in both Private and Public sectors.
The right to live free from violence is a basic human right. Yet gender-based violence persists in both private and public spaces affecting women and girls everywhere. Global Fund for Women is committed to furthering this partnership by securing opportunities for women and girls to build their economic and political leadership skills, gain access to sexual and reproductive rights and health, and end violence in their lives and communities. This commitment will find, fund, and strengthen organizationsparticularly those that are women-led and are using a rights-based approach to end gender-based violenceand especially those from marginalized groups. Global Fund for Women has 30 years of experience funding innovative, grassroots change efforts that contribute to the global movement for womens human rights. Since 1987, Global Fund for Women has invested in nearly 5,000 organizations in 175 countries, helping to win rights for millions of women and girls.
Global Fund for Women seeks financial resources to increase their capacity to reach even more women and girls through their grantmaking, convening, networking, and advocacy efforts.
Global Fund for Women offers expertise as a public foundation in grantmaking and advocacy. The organization has made it a lasting priority to reach the most isolated, excluded, and marginalized populations of women and girls. These include those with the least influence and access in their societies, and over 85 percent of grants awarded directly benefit marginalized populations. Global Fund for Women also provides platforms and insights regarding advocacy efforts focused on strengthening the voices and skills of women activist storytellers themselves to advance their work and claim their rights. Global Fund for Womens Theory of Change is grounded in research demonstrating that broad-based movements are some of the most effective ways to sustain long-term social transformation, and they offer knowledge and experience in the root causes of gender inequality through a holistic approach that targets multiple domains: individual awareness and agency, access to resources, socio-cultural norms and practices, and policies and laws.