Women gathered in small group discussions during FIMI’s session on "Feminist Voices from the Ground” at the AWID Forum in Cape Town, South Africa (Nov. 2008).

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Luczon, Executive Director of WomenLead from the Philippines speaking during FIMI's session at the AWID Forum.

Grantee name: International Indigenous Women's Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (FIMI)

Mission: The International Indigenous Women's Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (best known as FIMI, by its Spanish initials) is a network of Indigenous women leaders from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. IIWF/FIMI's mission is to bring together Indigenous women activists, leaders, and human rights promoters from different parts of the world to coordinate agendas, build unity, develop leadership and advocacy skills, increase Indigenous women's role in international decision-making processes, and advance women's human rights.

IIWF/FIMI's work aims to:

  • Amplify Indigenous women's voices in the international arena;
  • Strengthen local Indigenous women's organizations; and
  • Promote collaboration between the Indigenous women's movement and the non-Indigenous global women's movement.

IIWF/FIMI's vision is a world in which Indigenous peoples can exercise all their human rights, access economic justice, and participate fully and effectively in all the decision-making processes that affect their lives at local, national and international levels, free from all forms of discrimination.

IIWF/FIMI's vision is a world where all women, independent of their differences, fully enjoy their fundamental human rights, where a new paradigm is established that overcomes racism, social exclusion, and inequality so that Indigenous women can participate fully under equal conditions in the decisions and activities linked to the development of their communities. It is a world in which young women can realize their life's dreams, ideas, and projects.

Location: Global network

Website:  www.fimi-iiwf.org/

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/fimimadre

Channel Grants: In 2015 Channel made a grant (through the fiscal sponsorship of CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas de Perú) to support FIMI's Indigenous Women's Fund (AYNI), their philanthropic and grantmaking arm and the launch of their next grantmaking cycle in August 2015.  AYNI will provide indigenous women’s groups around the world with support and capacity building in the coming year through a competitive Request for Proposal process and through grants. (2015)

In 2013 Channel made a grant (through the fiscal sponsorship of CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas de Perú) to support FIMI's Indigenous Women's Fund (AYNI), their philanthropic and grantmaking arm, for monitoring and evaluation processes for their grantees including field visits, and for funds to help them include their grantees in advocacy processes in which FIMI is involved such as the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Cairo + 20 and Beijing + 20, among others. (2013)

Also in 2013, Channel made a grant (through the fiscal sponsorship of CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas de Perú) to support participation of FIMI's network of indigenous women from around the world in the World Conference of Indigenous Women: Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future We Want, Oct. 28-30 in Lima, Perú. The World Conference enabled indigenous women and youth from the seven regions of the world to be informed, reach consensus, and to establish a common, political statement as a world-level indigenous women’s movement. The general objective of the conference focused on the collective generation of key advocacy tools to ensure the validity and recognition of the human rights of indigenous children, youth and women at the different international processes such as Cairo +20, Beijing +20, Post-2015, MDGs, and the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples taking place Sept. 22-23, 2014 in New York. The World Conference of Indigenous Women concluded with a Declaration and a Plan of Action. (2013)

In 2012 Channel made a grant (through the fiscal sponsorship of CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas de Perú) to support the Indigenous Women’s Fund of IIWF/FIMI, to provide grants to indigenous women’s organizations in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In 2013, the Fund will launch another call for proposals and aims to support, via grants, indigenous women’s leadership and strengthen institutions that advance indigenous women’s rights. (2012)

In 2009 Channel made a grant (through the fiscal sponsorship of CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas de Perú) to support the new Indigenous Women’s Fund, the philanthropic arm of IIWF/FIMI, a grant-making body that will provide long-term, flexible funding for Indigenous women’s organizations as they respond to key political changes taking place locally, nationally, regionally and internationally. The Fund supports the Indigenous women’s movement, builds Indigenous women’s leadership and strengthens institutions that advance Indigenous women’s rights. Via grants, the Fund supports groups implementing programs that advance Indigenous women’s rights in one or more of the following areas: 1) Educational Empowerment; 2) Economic Empowerment; 3) Political Participation; 4) Institutional Strengthening. (2009)

In 2008, through a contribution to the Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID)’s Movement Building Fund (intended to facilitate the participation of grassroots women leaders and activists from various social movements all over the world at the AWID Forum), Channel supported the travel and participation of several women from the International Indigenous Women’s Forum to attend the 11th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development in Cape Town, South Africa on Nov. 14-17, 2008, The Power of Movements. With FIMI, Channel helped design and facilitate an interactive session called “Transformative Learning and Leadership: Feminist Voices from the Ground,” with indigenous women leaders from Peru, Bangladesh, South Africa and the Philippines. (2008)

Impact: In 2013-14, the Indigenous Women's Fund/AYNI funded 18 projects organized by indigenous women's organizations for a total of US$90,000 awarded.

FIMI developed a Database of Indigenous Women's Organizations in Africa and Latin America.

The Indigenous Women’s Fund launched its first call for proposals in 2009-2010 through different organizations from the Americas, Asia and Africa. The selection prioritized projects that were innovative, sustainable, and promoted indigenous peoples’ “well being,” in many cases giving organizations their first grants. By gaining experience in resource mobilization, design, execution and evaluation of projects, indigenous women’s organizations develop and strengthen capacities in order to access to greater resources. To read more about the first round of 13 grantees of the Indigenous Women's Fund, please download the report here.


All photos courtesy of the Channel Foundation.