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Leadership & Political Participation Archives - Women's Funding Network

Rise Up: Protecting Malawi’s Girls from Early Marriage

More than half of Malawian girls marry before age 18. But not Memory Banda.

Memory Banda advocating with a Parliamentarian

Memory Banda advocating with a Parliamentarian

Unlike so many girls in her own community, Memory stayed in school and refused to marry until she finished her education. She beat the odds, defied convention, and fought to change the future for all girls.  Read More

#SheLeadsToo: Women’s Leadership is Everywhere

Now is the time to look to women’s leadership. To lift up and support leaders who support women and girls—all women and girls everywhere. For women’s rights advocates, the fight for gender equality—with its lack of clear answers and often winding progress—can, at times, be demoralizing. In these moments we look to our leaders; we stand behind them. Read More

From the Deltas of Botswana to the Board of Women’s Funding Network

Jane Sloane

Jane Sloane completed six years of service as a Women’s Funding Network Board Member in September 2016.

Jane Sloane, Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, Asia Foundation, reflects on her time on the Women’s Funding Network Board.

“My own awakening to the power of women’s funds occurred during the time of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Only I wasn’t at the conference, I was on a study tour with a group of environmentalists in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, having just finished directing the 6th International Feminist Book Fair. On this particular day, I was getting out of a canoe on the river bank when I looked back and watched two women paddling toward our camp. As they came closer, I stared. There was Gloria Steinem with, I think, Ann Roberts, one of the daughters of the late Nelson Rockefeller, paddling down the river.

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Spark: Engaging Millennials in Policy Advocacy

Spark is educating and training the next generation of philanthropists to invest in the advancement of gender equality around the globe. For over ten years they’ve been engaging millennials in fundraising and crowd-sourced grantmaking programs—now they’re taking on policy advocacy.

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New Reports: Most States Fall Short on Work and Family Policies and Women’s Political Leadership

Two new reports released today in the Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), find that most states fall far short on work and family policies and women’s political leadership.

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