Global Fund for Women has joined the With and For Girls Collective as the 11th member in a collaborative effort to advance gender equality globally using an unprecedented participatory grantmaking approach with adolescent girls. The Collective are united in the belief that girls are best placed to make decisions on issues which affect them.
Global Fund for Women is one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality, standing up for the human rights of women and girls. Global Fund for Women’s vision is that every woman and girl is strong, safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions. They fund and partner with feminist groups who are courageously fighting for justice in their own communities. This rights-based approach gets to the root of gender inequality and is the most effective way to create permanent social change.
“We are delighted to join the With and For Girls Collective and to expand our direct support to grassroots girl-led groups,” said Global Fund for Women President and CEO Latanya Mapp Frett. “Global Fund for Women believes in the power of girls to change their own lives, to write their own stories, and to create their own futures. As leaders and decision-makers, girls are key to achieving systemic transformation that will build a world grounded in justice, fairness, and equity. That’s why we are committed to embedding the needs, solutions, and leadership of girls into our work.”
This will be the first collaboration which sees both Global Fund for Women and Global Fund for Children working in partnership, working on the intersections of children and gender to advance girls’ rights.
“Global Fund for Women is a leading voice for the power of girls and women to define and lead positive change in their lives. As one of the first women’s funds, Global Fund for Women is an inspiration for those of us in the sector who support community-led change. As gender inequity is a cross-cutting concern that affects the distribution of resources, discrimination, and injustice that many of us seek to challenge, Global Fund for Women’s voice as a powerful champion for girl and women-led social change will be a critical addition to the With and for Girls Collective.” - Corey Oser, Vice President of Programs, Global Fund for Children
“We know girls experience particular injustices at the intersection of their gender and age. We also know girls are often the last to be seen and invested in within the community and within philanthropy. This needs to change – girls are smart, have opinions and should make decisions on matters that affect them. We see so many of our peer philanthropists and funders in the sector agree and back the principle of girls being decision makers but a hesitancy to make it happen, for fear of doing it wrong. We believe funders can and must include girls in the decision making. We are extremely excited to welcome Global Fund for Women as a Strategic Partner of the With and For Girls Collective, bringing their outspoken approach, deep knowledge, commitment and expertise on reimagining a world in which girls rights are realised, girls voices amplified and girls are leading us all. ” - Swatee Deepak, Director, With and For Girls
2019 Awards Updates:
New Awards Category
We have launched a new Awards category—the Emerging Award—which allows smaller organisations with lower annual incomes (USD$5,000–20,000) to be nominated. We took this decision as a result of key recommendations which emerged from our external evaluation. We have previously only reached organisations with income of above $20,000 but believe that by lowering the income and introducing a new category, we will be able to reach organisations from under-represented regions that traditionally receive less funding and reach those also with more informal structures who are on the frontlines of fighting for girls’ rights.
Nominations so far…
We are excited to announce that an impressive number of new nominations have been referred to us by With and For Girls Referral Partners from all over the world, and the results have surpassed all expectations in terms of numbers, geographic diversity and quality in centering girls and their leadership. We are particularly excited about receiving nominations from countries we have previously never funded in, such as Argentina, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Sweden, among many others!
Stage 1 Panel
Stage 1 panel scoring is carried out by WFG Collective members. Eligible applicants are assessed against a number of criteria such as the extent to which they demonstrate that they are girl-centred, grassroots and locally-led, the breadth of girl leadership within their organisation, the quality of their programmes, capability of collaborative working and demonstrated respect of minority groups, focusing on and including diversity of beneficiaries.
Once the EOIs have been collected and the organisations have been shortlisted to 50 in total—one of the most exciting parts of the Awards process takes place—the Girls Panels!
In October 2019, panels consisting of adolescent girls from previous Award Winning organisations will take place in the 5 regions of the world where we award in: Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, The American Continent and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. The girls have final decision-making power and will choose up to 25 new winners to receive the Award.
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