Women at a gender empowerment training in a village outside Marrakech.
Halima Oulami, Executive Director of Association El Amane pour le Developpement de la Femme, joined in the training.
Lively debate at the women’s rights training.
Poster explaining the Moudawana Family Code reform in Arabic, French, Berber and through images.
Grantee name: The Global Fund for Women
Mission: The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. GFW mobilizes and redistributes resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. GFW brings grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/globalfundforwomen
Support for women-led initiatives to advance women’s human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. (2012)
Support for GFW's Women Dismantling Militarism Initiative bringing increased attention and resources to women’s groups fighting the pernicious and pervasive effects of militarism around the globe. (2010, 2011)
Support for women's groups in Haiti engaged in rebuilding their organizations, movements and country after the January 2010 earthquake (through GFW"s Haiti Crisis Fund). (2010)
- Support and advocacy for women's groups in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region along with development of a GFW advisory network there and placement of a Middle East activist-in-residence at GFW through the MENA Field of Interest Fund. (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
- Supported post-tsunami recovery for GFW's NGO partners in Asia. (2005)
- Support for Donor Circle: Keeping the Faith: Women's Rights and Traditional Practices Channel participated in a multi-year study/donor circle to focus on women's rights in the context of their religious and cultural traditions. Lectures, readings, documentaries and discussions concentrated heavily on rights and status of women in Islamic societies of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA), and lay the groundwork for GFW's MENA outreach trip in 2005 to meet with women's organizations doing rights-based work in nine countries. (2002-2003)
- Support for GFW Economic Opportunity Initiative to support women's groups in various regions globally who employ poverty alleviation strategies, including business and financial training, organizing for labor rights, creation of lending cooperatives, and girls' education. (2000)
How GFW Works: GFW convened a meeting with AWID in Marrakech, Morocco in March 2008 on mobilizing resources for women’s rights work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The conference explored key challenges in relation to movement building faced by young women in the region and assisted them to gain new skills in resource mobilization. In addition, the conference built networks and opportunities for collaboration between diverse women’s organizations across the region.
After the conference, Channel accompanied GFW on site visits to several grantees including the Association El Amane pour le Developpement de la Femme which took us to a training on women’s rights in a village outside Marrakech. Most of the women are illiterate and the village has no school. The trainers brought together an intergenerational group of women once a week to discuss various topics about women’s lives. This discussion concerned the age of marriage and free choice in marriage, topics of vital concern in Morocco. Women’s rights groups succeeded in getting the Family Code Law (Moudawana) changed in 2004 and yet many women are still unaware of these changes or how to claim their rights.
Here are some of the projects Channel Foundation grants helped to fund in partnership with the Global Fund for Women. Photos are courtesy of the Global Fund for Women.
Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Co-ordination
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
The Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Coordination (TRRC) is the outcome of a consultation among over 90 people representing a wide range of NGOs and networks in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and neighboring states to evolve a concerted response to the tsunami. Comprising over 20 NGOs that have a base in and have been working in the tsunami-affected areas for years, TRRC operates a website in an attempt to have a central space to coordinate efforts and share information in order to provide a humane, sensitive, and rights-based response to this disaster. Keeping in mind both immediate and long-term needs and lessons in terms of coordination, monitoring, and advocacy, the group has come together to identify ways to support indigenous dalit efforts to rebuild their lives and livelihoods in ways that affirm their rights and their dignity. It also advocates for relief and rehabilitation efforts, as well as policy formulations and implementations that are appropriate to the needs and traditions of local people.
Laqiya: The Association for the Improvement of the Status of Women
Founded in 1996, the Association's programs promote the status of Bedouin women while respecting cultural frameworks. The Tatreez Al Badiah (desert embroidery) Project meets once a week to provide widows, divorced, and abandoned women with traditional patterns and materials. During the meetings, the women are given seminars on women's rights and health, and children's safety. The group has a mobile library that serves several Bedouin tribes in the Laqiya area.
The Human Forum for Women's Rights
The Human Forum for Women's Rights (HFWR) was established in August 1995 to focus on women's rights and on the promotion of CEDAW - the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Areas of priority include stopping violence against women, strengthening women's political participation, improving women's health and reproductive rights, and increasing women and girls' access to education. Among their many programs to advance women's status in Jordan is an education project to involve local communities in developing environmentally sustainable initiatives.