New York, June 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Open Society Foundations will invest more than $ 100 million over the next five years to strengthen a range of feminist-led movements and increase their leadership in a wide range of sectors, from politics and the private sector to civil society and government.
The majority of the funding will help strengthen feminist organizations and funds around the world. Open Society focuses on growing transformative feminist political leadership through explicit investments in initiatives that support more women, transgender and gender non-conforming people in leadership positions in politics and governance. This includes supporting the expansion of progressive multilateralism and feminist leadership in peace and security.
The investments will also strengthen efforts to ensure that women, girls, transgender people and gender non-conforming communities can make their own decisions about issues affecting their bodies and reproductive health care.
“Increased feminist leadership in all areas of public life is necessary to ensure the construction of inclusive, peaceful and open societies. This is why we are proud to announce a commitment of $ 100 million to help develop such opportunities, ”said Mark Malloch-Brown, President of the Open Society Foundations. “Philanthropy is uniquely positioned to create a foundation for women and girls to take leadership responsibilities and mobilize their communities for progressive political change.
Open Society will invest in several gender justice initiatives, including:
- Develop and support transformative feminist leaders in politics and governance, with a focus on minority identity leaders
- Strengthen feminist movements globally, especially to fight against the rise of authoritarianism
- Strengthening feminist leadership in peace and security, with a priority on women at risk of political conflict, as in Afghanistan
- Improve access, rights, resources and agency to make decisions about bodies and reproductive health care
- Advance economic justice and women’s rights at all levels by supporting their rights as workers and caregivers
- Reshaping digital platforms to end targeted harassment of feminist activism online
Open Society announced the funding at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris. The forum is a global gathering for gender equality organized by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society. Open Society is the lead philanthropic actor for the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership, which aims to strengthen women’s rights, voices and agency around the world.
“From the challenges posed by COVID-19 to women and girls in the United States, to the changing circumstances of peace and security in several countries, to new opportunities in Chile and Argentina, and to the new generation of emerging leaders on the the African continent – we are experiencing unprecedented developments in the world, ”said Kavita N. Ramdas, Director of the Open Society’s Women’s Rights Program. “Open Society’s groundbreaking $ 100 million investment in feminist organizing and leadership will help ensure that more women, girls, transgender and gender nonconforming people are able to fully engage and participate in decision-making that affects their lives, from their homes and schools, to their workplaces and communities, to the making of constitutions and governments.