Resources to advance women’s rights is not just a technical issue – it is also a political one. Women and girls are increasingly receiving mainstream attention, while women’s rights organizations continue to be underfunded. Since 2005, we have asked the question ‘Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?’ Consistently, the answer we found is that there is very limited funding available for the transformative, long-term, and political work of women’s rights organizations.
We want funders and global policy frameworks to demonstrate increased commitment to resourcing women’s rights and gender justice. This includes working directly with and increasing funding for feminist and women’s rights groups, organizations and movements.
Our focus on Feminist Resource Mobilization goes beyond just asking ‘who gets funded.’ We aim to revolutionize approaches to funding and resources. This means bridging the gap between funders and activists by dialogues to shape funding; encouraging collaborative funding and resource mobilization; and pinpointing strengths and gaps in each sector of the funding landscape. Currently, we are analyzing the following sectors within that landscape: women’s funds, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), private foundations, individual philanthropists, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and the private sector actors.
- Research and knowledge creation. We seek to understand some of the ‘new’ actors such as the corporate sector and the opportunities and challenges they present for women’s rights organizing;
- Convene spaces for funders and activists to work together and change the way discussions on resources and their impact take place;
- Capacity building for donors and activists to increase and improve the funding for women’s rights and gender equality as well as sharpen impact analysis and communication. This includes creating information resources and accountability tools that feminist and women’s rights organizations and movements can use.
- Advocacy for more and better resources in various funding spaces and advocacy arenas.