More than half of Malawian girls marry before age 18. But not Memory Banda.
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
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
“The current practices of our major political parties are dangerous for women, men and children. They are based on moral premises that are causing severe harm, and we must challenge them.”
— Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust, Australia
In Australia, immigration is an issue mired in political jousting, leaving the vulnerable at risk. Lawmakers are under intense scrutiny for their current policy that mandates any refugee or asylum seeker who arrives by boat must be sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for offshore processing (read more). Here, their basic protections are denied and abuse is often condoned.
For women this can be particularly dangerous, with many reports revealing that women are routinely abused and raped.
On Latina Equal Pay Day, November 1, 2016, Cynthia Nimmo, President and CEO, Women’s Funding Network, and Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts—two Latina leaders of the women’s philanthropy community—reflect on what is needed to close the gender way gap—for all women.
Cynthia Nimmo describes the ways women’s foundations are moving women out of poverty, the overall impact of the network, and why sharing our stories makes all the difference.
Cynthia Nimmo, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, introduces an Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform that highlights economic security data and grantmaking strategies, as well as powerful stories of the women, programs, and organizations that are driving and creating positive change for women.
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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The largest philanthropic network in the world dedicated to women and girls unveils interactive online tool to amplify the stories of women, their families, and their communities.
SAN FRANCISCO – September 20, 2016 – Women’s Funding Network today announced the launch of a new Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. The uniquely interactive digital tool seeks to bring attention to a leading challenge facing women in the U.S. and around the world—economic security—and lift up the vital work of women’s foundations that are addressing this issue.Read More