Women-led civil society organizations drive many of the shifts in policies and social norms that yield lasting advances in the quest for gender equality. They pioneer innovative strategies and counteract forces hindering progress. Yet only 0.5 per cent of total international aid for gender equality initiatives goes to these organizations (“Donor support to southern women’s rights organisations: OECD findings”).
They need more support given their essential roles. Join our efforts to make sure they have it.
How? We suggest four ways.
Read and gain an understanding of the importance of women’s organizations from research by sister funds and development agencies, such as:
- AWID: Watering the leaves, starving the roots
- OECD: Donor support to southern women’s rights organisations
- Womankind Worldwide: Leaders for change: Why support women’s rights organisations?
- Noble Women’s Initiative and Match International Women’s Fund: Strengthening women’s rights organizations through international assistance
Use your networks and social media to disseminate the message: more funds for women’s organizations now!
The Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) donors are part of a community of like-minded actors who value the contributions that women-led organizations make to sustainable development.
- The Government of Spain for its significant initial donation of USD 65 million and for setting the vision of what today is the FGE;
- The Government of Germany as the main supporter of the fourth grant-making cycle and key ally in exploring innovative strategies for sustained impact; and
- The Governments of Switzerland and Japan for their contributions and support.
The Fund is thankful to all current and past donors, including:
- Governments: Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Norway
- Private sector: Angélica Fuentes Foundation, Tupperware, Chanel Foundation, and Net-A-Porter
- UN Women National Committees from Australia, Germany, France, Iceland, and the United Kingdom
- Individual donors
If you are ready to join our community and donate to the Fund for Gender Equality, please reach out to us at
The Fund for Gender Equality regularly recruits current or recently graduated university students as interns. We highly value their energy, knowledge, and ideas, and aim to make each internship an interesting learning experience. See information about UN Women’s internship programme and available opportunities.