The Global Resilience Fund
for Girls and Young Feminists
A collective response to the COVID-19 crisis
With the goal of resourcing the vital and urgent emergency response to the pandemic of girls and youth, the Global Resilience Fund (GRF) was launched in May of 2020 as a participatory rapid-response funding mechanism to move flexible resources to girls and young feminists responding to the pandemic. Housed and facilitated by Purposeful, the Fund is powered by the resources and intellectual energy of 25 funders from a diverse range of institutions, including women’s funds, private foundations, INGOs, multi-laterals, and bi-lateral agencies.
As a community, we are engaged in a process of deep learning to better understand what young feminist activists need in this critical movement, while documenting what it takes to hold collaborative and participatory funding processes through a pandemic and beyond.
The Global Resilience Fund is a partnership between social justice funders committed to resourcing girls’ and young women’s activism through the COVID-19 crisis. New partners will be joining the fund as it evolves and grows.
The fund is housed at and facilitated by Purposeful, a feminist movement building hub for adolescent girls headquartered in Sierra Leone and working around the world. Purposeful is meeting the administrative costs of the fund from its own core resources as an act of solidarity with activist communities in this moment.
The fund was conceived in deep partnership with Women Win, who are co-leading outreach and fundraising.
The following partners are founding partners of the Global Resilience Fund:
We give special thanks to the FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund for their expertise and fierce leadership as funder activists. The seeds of this fund will flourish because of the soil they have toiled for all of us.