The Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) has achieved significant global results in its first and second grant-making cycles:
- Nearly 10 million beneficiaries have been reached;
- More than 23,000 women have seen their incomes increase;
- Nearly 3,000 women gained leadership positions in the institutions that affect their lives;
- Some 660 women were elected into national and local government positions;
- At least 109 local and national gender-responsive policies raised by FGE programmes have been approved and adopted;
- More than 9,000 women now own and control property and productive assets; and
- More than 8,000 women have accessed credit and loans to support their businesses.
Moreover, significant results have been achieved by grantees at the country level:
- In Brazil, a partnership between the NGO SOS Corpo – Instituto Feminista para la Democracia and the Secretariat for Women’s Policies resulted in the creation and passing of a new bill ensuring equal rights for domestic workers. Consequently, 6 million domestic workers now have the same rights, protections and access to services as other workers.
- Indian NGO Gender at Work, through its programme “Dalit Women’s Livelihoods Accountability Initiative,” has raised the awareness of more than 100,000 scheduled caste women about their labour rights, leading to a 30 per-cent increase in the number of these women who claimed their work entitlements. Women employed as supervisors also increased from 1.2 per cent to 21 per cent.
- To address the absence of youth from public life and the lack of youth structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), KULT Association in partnership with BH Experts Association worked with young women from disadvantaged rural municipalities to create an outreach and advocacy network. Though this network, they were able to partner with the government and implement youth-focused Gender Action Plans. The network also became the largest virtual association of the BiH youth community.
- In Uganda, the work of the Forum on Women and Democracy on gender-responsive budgeting resulted in the allocation of USD 30 million for piped water supply systems in rural northern Uganda, benefiting more than 7.8 million women.
- In Morocco, the Agence du Sud supported 600 women in the rural oasis communities to engage in local public life, by providing assets and credit to 90 women entrepreneurs who produced and sold 1.8 tons of capers.
Grantees are making positive changes in the lives of women, their families and communities. Here are some of their stories that exemplify the spirit, resourcefulness and dedication of grantee beneficiaries:
- Young Women Find Voices – and Inner Leadership – in Bosnia and Herzegovina
“It taught us about the work of gender centres in BiH, for example, and what women’s NGOs in the country were doing and trying to achieve … we learned how to speak in front of the public, how to work with media and write press releases; how to organize campaigns.” – Nejra Kadic, Project Coordinator, Institute for Youth Development (KULT)
- Mona Saad: An Egyptian Domestic Worker’s Journey to Leadership
“My dream is that society would change its inferior view towards the profession of domestic work, and that all domestic workers would gain their social and legal rights equally as any other worker in any other sector.” —Mona Saad, Executive Director of “Helpers”
- Changing the Landscape with All-Women Worksites in India
“When I started going for the training, my husband was quite suspicious. But when he came to know about the benefits and its positive impact on our lives, he became more understanding.” —Hari Bai, Worker, Satavasa village of Lalitpur District
- A Woman of her Time: Olga Ruiz Vasquez Shows How Democracy Can Work
“The training and mentorship provided by SUMA have been vital to complement my political experience. I was competing for the third time and it helped me to be persistent, assertive and to see myself as a strong political woman with real possibilities to win as municipal president.” —Olga Ruiz Vasquez, Municipal President, San Nicolas Tolentino, Mexican
- Exploited Domestic Workers in Cameroon Organize Themselves to Defend their Rights
“The programme has really changed a lot of things for us and domestic work is no longer what it was two years ago.” —Félicité Mbida, Domestic Worker, Founder, Association for Housewives and Cooperating Partners of Yaoundé