Innovation Seed Grants: 2016 recipients
After receiving close to 200 applications, AWID is excited to announce the final 20 Seed Grantees!
The AWID Forum Seed Grants are intended to support participants of the 2016 AWID International Forum held in Bahia, Brazil, who were inspired to mobilize for greater solidarity and collective power across diverse rights and justice movements. Each successful group or individual will be awarded USD 5000 to complete their project or initiative over the next year.
The 2016 Seed Grantees propose to use art, storytelling, research, workshops, multi-media online sources and festivals to address a spectrum of compelling and dynamic issues and constituencies - racial justice, feminisms, sexualities, bodily autonomy, sex work and gendered labour, young feminist activists, collective wellbeing, environmental and economic justice and religious fundamentalisms.
We are excited to support these important and transformative cross-movement collaborations. They indeed hold the seeds of promise and possibilities for our Feminist Futures! These projects bring dreams into our realities. They deepen our global and intersectional feminist knowledge and strategies and strengthen our movement support work.
Meet the 2016 recipients
FemLibrary Armenia Initiative
Seed Grant Idea: Knowledge as resistance: building intersectional feminist thought and cross-movement solidarity in Armenia
Otras negras y feministas, Krudas Cubensi
Seed Grant Idea: Conocimiento ancestral como piedra angular del feminismo negro
WE-Change, Mary Seacole Hall & I'm Glad I'm A Girl Foundation, Safe Space JA
Seed Grant Idea: Black Sauna: A Creative Online Space for Caribbean Feminist Dialogue & Healing
Las Reinas Chulas Cabaret y Derechos Humanos AC, Aireana, Grupo por los derechos de las lesbianas (Paraguay)
Seed Grant Idea: “Más vale trova, que lesbiana no cantada”. Canciones populares latinoamericanas (Popular songs from Latin America)
Union for HIV prevention and harm reduction, Breakthrough's global multi-media storytelling platform THE G WORD: Transforming gender norms, one story
Seed Grant Idea: Women from key affected population addresses violence and take care of themselves!
CHOUF, Fearless Collective
Seed Grant Idea: Participative storytelling and public art on relationship between economy, industry and feminism with former factory worker women in Redeyef, Tunisia.
Seed Grant Idea: Body Dictatorship: Defending Autonomy, Resisting Shame, Engaging Pleasure
Out of the Box Research and Action, Asian Pacific Forum and Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Women's Legal Resource Center (WOLREC) based in Malawi and Gender, Agriculture, Land
Seed Grant Idea: Gender and Land Grabs in a GDP World
Sawt al Niswa, Luchadoras
Seed Grant Idea: Building feminist movement across borders through knowledge exchange between Mexico and Lebanon
All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM)
Seed Grant Idea: Dalit and Roma Women: Articulating Strategies, Visualizing Futures
grupo semillas de libertad, Red de mujeres mesoamericanas en resistencia
Seed Grant Idea: "Trenzando saberes, construyendo poder colectivo para la defensa de nuestro cuerpo, tierra territorio (Twisting knowledge, building collective power for the defense of our body and land)
The Red Door, Q'Works, CCMC
Seed Grant Idea: The Merchants of Madness
Asociación de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales, Unidas en la Esperanza (UNES), Red de Trabajadoras Sexuales de Latinoamérica y El Caribe (RedTraSex)
Seed Grant Idea: Empoder-arte: Trabajadoras Sexuales Construyendo Poder Feminista (Empower-Art: Sex Workers Building Feminist Power)
Unión Latinoamericana de Mujeres ULAM, Frente de Mujeres Defensoras de la Pachamama en Ecuador, Asociación de Mujeres Protectoras de los Páramos AMUPPA en Perú
Seed Grant Idea: Hacia Un Tribunal De Mujeres Contra La Violencia Extractiva Sobre Las Mujeres: Casos de defensoras de derechos humanos impactadas por violencia minera en Perú y Ecuador
Deaf Women Included, Vision Not Victim
Seed Grant Idea: Nothing will Stop Me! Deaf girls in Zimbabwe changing visions, spaces, and opportunities for their future
Kéfir, MariaLab, Laboratorio de Interconectividades, Vedetas
Seed Grant Idea: Building feminist autonomous networks
GEMPAC – Grupo De Mulheres Prostitutas Do Estado Do Pará, Rede Brasileira De Prostitutas Trabalhadoras Sexuais Brasileiras, Universidade Federal do Pará
Seed Grant Idea: ZONA LEGAL: Futuros feministas e de direitos das trabalhadoras sexuais brasileiras
Rede de Mulheres Negras para Soberania e Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional, Ugo Edu-Redessan/USA, Maria Noelci Homero – Redessan/Brasil
Seed Grant Idea: Mulheres Negras: Ampliando os Dizeres, Saberes e Fazeres
Kurima Bantu Mulheres MUDEMPODIRO, Associação de Mulheres Negras Trabalhadoras do Perú
Seed Grant Idea: Intercâmbio Brasil-Perú de Mulheres Negras- Empoderamento como ferramenta de Desenvolvimento, Igualdade e Justiça
*One grantee asked to remain anonymous
What is the Seed Grant
The 200 proposals submitted emerged from the cross-movement synergy and intersectional ideas from the 2016 AWID Forum. They are now manifesting themselves well beyond our four days in Brazil. The Seed Grants support illuminating examples of the bridges that are being built between a variety of organizations, movements and regions; such as:
- young feminist activists with women with disabilities;
- mental health/disabilities and women's rights;
- cross-regional and cross-sectoral collaborations
- collaborations across Indigenous, Dalit, and Roma women;
- lesbian movements and young indigenous women’s movement;
- grassroots rural women and women human rights defenders;
- young feminists and climate justice;
- feminist media and women with disabilities;
- Black and Afro-descendant women and lesbians;
- trans* and intersex activists;
- Black and Indigenous women
The majority of the applications were from the Latin American and Caribbean regions, with Africa, Brazil, Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe/Central Asia regions represented as well. A committee comprising AWID staff and external stakeholders, assessed all proposals and selected the final 20 applications, based on the following criteria:
- Synergy with the 2016 Forum objectives i.e. diverse representation, energize organizations and activists, deepens feminist understanding and knowledge.
- Demonstrable cross-movement approach - another Forum objective that was critical to this process. Selected proposals had to cover at least two movements.
- Regional representation
- Sustainability and regional relevance
Learn more about the previous AWID Forum Seed Grants
2013 AWID Innovation Seed Grants Recipients.
Following the Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice Forum held in Istanbul in April 2012, 24 winners were selected to implement initiatives for transforming economic power.
Sex Workers Transforming Economic Power To Advance Women’s Rights And Justice
This report shares highlights from the four recipients of AWID’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers.