ROUND 1 GRANTEES
Asia and the Pacific
Amra Odbhuth Collective
Amra Odbhuth is a trans art collective and community centre in West Bengal, India. Working with LGBTQ youth through community art and theatre projects, they provide queer library services, in house counselling, peer support and a shelter space to trans and gender non-conforming youth. They are providing critical medical and mental health support to trans and GNC persons, as well as shelter, food and hygiene products to ensure survival during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Adolescent Girls Group
Adolescent Girls Group from Bangladesh works to support girls and young women who are facing challenges in sexual reproductive health management and hygiene promotion. It also aims to end child marriage through collaboration with local district levels of government. The group is directly supporting girls and young women during this crisis to access and maintain good hygiene practices.
Transvoice, a young feminist group from West Java in Indonesia, aims to help the transwoman community in accessing information and services related to health, legal protection and economic empowerment.
Province Level Network Against Child Marriage
Province Level Network Against Child Marriage is a feminist network in Nepal. Led by young women campaigning against child marriage, the group advocates for the empowerment of young women and community partnerships. During the pandemic, girls and young women are facing various sexual and reproductive health problems and associated mental health issues, and a high number of girls have taken their own lives. The spread of the disease is exacerbated in rural areas, especially among women and girls from indigenous and marginalized communities where education levels are low. In addition, the sexual and reproductive health needs of these girls and young women have not been considered. Province Level Network Against Child Marriage aims to provide rural and marginalized communities with education, support and hygiene products to improve both the physical and mental health outcomes for girls and young women.
Brown Girl Woke
Brown Girl Woke, a feminist group from Samoa, is on a mission to transform young minds and provide the new generation with the resources they need to become confident and independent thought-leaders. They aim to empower young women through mentorship programmes on health, empowerment and education. In their collaboration with schools though their community after school programmes the group has recognised that girls need education and support managing menstruation in order to continue their education. The group aims to run training to teach young women and their communities to produce sustainable reusable sanitary products.
Island PRIDE, a group led by young indigenous Micronesian women and girls, was established to empower Micronesian communities to respond to the adverse impacts of climate change by combining indigenous knowledge and modern adaptation strategies. Social distancing has halted events run by the group, and a lack of internet access has meant they are unable to continue meeting. They have serious concerns about women in their community who lack access to hygiene products and in addition are unable to use a large amount of water due to the island experiencing a severe drought. The group aims to provide women, especially new young mothers, with Healthy Hygiene Kits that will include products that will help boost their resilience to the threat of COVID19 as well as offer some financial relief from the purchase of products that are unaffordable for most.
Europe and Central Asia
FemPoint is an inclusive women-driven group which aims to build a strong LGBTQIA+ community in Kazakhstan. They aim to provide information and support to members of their community, many of whom have lost jobs and need basic assistance such as food during the pandemic. Members of their community are also having trouble accessing hormone therapy and psychological support in the current crisis. FemPoint aims to provide a friendly network of support including relevant specialists in both online and offline meetings so that LGBTQIA+ people can stay healthy and feel better; protected and surrounded by friendly people.
StrongGogo is based in Georgia and works to protect the rights of girls from immigrant and ethnic minority communities. The group provides support and advice programmes and gets girls talking, learning, and united for collective action. The issues immigrant and ethnic minority girls face in normal circumstances have been amplified during the pandemic; girls struggle to access reliable information in their native languages; family conflicts and domestic violence are becoming more frequent; and families have lost income and are struggling to buy food, hygiene products, medical care and to pay for energy. StrongGogo is supporting the critical needs of immigrant and ethnic minority girls and continues to develop recovery strategies to support them during the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 periods.
STRASS, Syndicat du Travail Sexuel
STRASS, Syndicat du Travail Sexuel is a sex worker-led organisation in France and serves as the sex workers' trade union for the country. The organisation defends the interests of all people working in the sex industries and promotes a rights-based approach. During the pandemic, many sex workers have been infected and two trans women have died. All sex workers have been affected by loss of income due to lockdown, and with no support from the government, the group has relied on online fundraising to support the community. STRASS aims to provide a legal service to the community to allow them to maintain housing and report sexual violence, and when possible will offer direct support to new sex workers who are less informed about their rights and more vulnerable to violence.
Udruženje za kulturu, afirmaciju i savjetovanje ''KAS'' Banja Luka
Udruženje za kulturu, afirmaciju i savjetovanje ''KAS'' Banja Luka, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has a vision of a world in which every girl is safe, educated and empowered, especially girls with disabilities, who encounter double discrimination. Deaf and hard of hearing girls still lack access to vital information about COVID-19 and its prevention, and social distancing has negatively affected girls who rely on daily support from assistants and translators. Mask wearing is affecting their ability to lip read and see facial expressions, which is excluding them from conversations. Udruženje ''KAS'' Banja Luka aims to produce educational content in sign language about the prevention of COVID-19, creation or buying of face masks which are designed for the deaf and hard of hearing population, as well as food and hygiene support and psychological support to deaf and hard of hearing girls.
Roma Women of Vojvodina
The Association of Roma Women Vojvodina in Serbia was formed to ensure Roma inclusion and equality by contributing to social development and encouraging women to self-organise. COVID-19 has caused mass unemployment, uncertainty, fear and increased tensions in the Roma community, already marginalised, poor and discriminated against in the state of Serbia. This is especially pronounced among people with disabilities who have all but been forgotten and who are socially isolated, lack food and hygiene products and are uninformed and uneducated about COVID-19 infection. The Association of Roma Women Vojvodina aims to improve hygiene and nutrition in the community to ensure the spread of COVID-19 among the Roma population is prevented.
Association for development and education of youth "Safe step"
Association for Development and Education of Youth "Safe Step" in Bosnia and Herzegovina supports Roma girls to live a life in which they have freedom of choice and are free of gender-based violence. Roma girls have an isolated lifestyle, are discriminated against based on their ethnicity, often face gender-based violence and are all but invisible to the general population. COVID-19 has meant they are even more isolated, with loss of employment affecting their mental health, their sense of dignity and putting them and their socially vulnerable families further into financial crisis. Through online activities and street actions, Safe Step aims to inform and empower Roma girls with information on their employment rights, and encouragement to fight for their rights. The group also aims to provide legal support to tackle the employment injustices they are experiencing.
SAVE (Sex workers Against Violence and Exploitation) is an informal activist collective in The Netherlands that consists of primarily young sex workers (and a few older sex workers) of different genders. SAVE was founded to fight against the Wet Regulering Sekswerk law and works to combat violence towards and exploitation of sex workers by sharing valuable harm-reduction information and speaking out against stigma. COVID-19 hit the sex worker community extremely hard as sex workers suddenly lost their work and income, and many received no support from the government. Those who continued working, although forbidden, face police harassment, fines, eviction and client violence. In addition, trans sex workers are struggling to access hormones. Although licensed sex workers are allowed to work again, many still face challenges. SAVE aims to support sex workers’ basic needs and expenses through collaboration with the Dutch Emergency Fund and Trans United Europe, sparking hope and a sense of solidarity in the sex work community.
Magdalena Theatre Productions Collective
Sub Saharan Africa
ONG QET INCLUSION
QET Inclusion's mission is to increase the visibility of transgender people in the Ivory Coast. The NGO was created to promote differences and social justice, keep records of cases of gender-based violence due to and/or based on transgender identity, provide health services adapted to identities, and encourage trans activism in francophone Africa.
Youth Empower Foundation
Youth Empower Foundation is a female-led initiative with a diverse membership ranging from fresh college graduates, secondary school girls to primary school students and young women who are out of school. The foundation focuses on gender equality and empowering women and girls by investing in the education sector, strengthens linkages with health and well being of adolescent girls and young women and integrates technological solutions into the global challenges that women and girls face in their day to day lives.
Parlement des Femmes Albinos au Sud-Kivu
Parlement des Femmes Albinos (PAFESKI or Parliament of Albino Women in English) is a Congolese organisation (DRC) created and led by women and girls to promote social justice and gender equality and to fight against injustices against women. PAFESKI, which is part of the CIVICUS movement, brings together girls and women including: albino women living with skin disabilities, women with physical disabilities, and Pygmy and other marginalized women to promote their socio-economic rights long denied by antiquated customs and political leaders.
Mubende Women With Disabilities Association (MUDIWA)
MUDIWA is a group in Uganda led by girls and women with disabilities. The group aims to give girls and women with different disabilities the support to achieve equal rights and opportunities. In Mubende district, girls and women with disabilities are still ignorant about how COVID-19 is spread and the preventive strategies to take at a personal level. MUDIWA aims to provide education on the prevention of COVID-19 through media such as radio talk shows. The group also wants to spread messages to prevent gender-based violence to ensure girls and women with disabilities remain safe and free from violence during the lockdown period.
Ladies' Voice is a Togolese NGO created to build an egalitarian society in which all individuals are equal before the law, and where every person enjoys sexual and reproductive health rights and access to quality health services. Ladies Voice's mission is to contribute to the development of young women in Togo through the creation of a tolerant society in which fundamental rights are respected especially considering the hostile socio-legal context. The mission is also to bring together marginalized women in an environment which is safe for them.
Friends of the Marginalized
Friends of the Marginalized in Uganda was founded by a group of activists with the aim of advocating for and supporting the rights of marginalised transgender persons and young women in Uganda. It serves as an organised, collective voice of this group of marginalized people, determined to fight for their socio-economic and political rights as equal citizens of Uganda. Transgender people are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. They may be living with compromised immune systems, such as transwomen sex workers living with HIV/AIDS, or homeless and less able to protect themselves through social distancing and safe hygiene practices. Friends of the Marginalized will support the transgender community and protect them from infection by addressing their basic and hygiene needs, supporting relocation for those who have been evicted and delivering antiretrovirals for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Synergie Trans* Bénin
SYNERGIE TRANS* Benin's mission is to contribute to the visibility and development of transgender people in Benin and in the sub-region so that they can be considered in development policies and to advocate for the end of violence based on gender identity. The arrival of Covid-19 in Benin, followed by restrictions on movement and curfews, have worsened the situation of transgender people. The organization aims to provide safe housing and food for their community, as well as medical assistance and psychological support for transgender youth.
Awer Women Empowerment
Awer Women Empowerment in Kenya was founded by two ex-conflict concubines who had been kidnapped and trafficked to neighboring Somalia as sex slaves and forced labour for the Al-shabaab terror group. In this region of Kenya, girls are kidnapped from their communities, raped and taken as slaves. When they return, often bearing their rapists’ children, they are shunned and rejected by their community and their own relatives. Due to COVID-19, Awer Women Empowerment has been unable to provide the usual support systems for these girls, and they are experiencing increased mental health issues and stress. The organisation aims to purchase remote working technology to enable their team to support girls and provide access to mental health information and counseling to reduce the risk of depression, self-harm, suicide and gender-based violence.
União de jovens solidários para desenvolvimento feminino de Caue
União de jovens solidários para desenvolvimento feminino de Caue in São Tomé e Príncipe is made up of young voluntary people with the objective of the empowerment and supporting weak women through raising awareness about sexual and reproductive health and the importance of supporting young single mothers. They also developed actions related to the protection of the environment in their district.
Action Femme Et Eco-Justice (AFECOJU)
AFECOJU is a feminist organization self-managed by young feminists in the Democratic Republic of Congo that defends the human and environmental rights of girls, young women and trans* people. They aim to strengthen their organizational and individual capacities to adapt their activities to the pandemic with a feminist approach. Thus, AFECOJU aims to address misinformation about Covid-19 through awareness campaigns on television and radio, and campaigns so that essential workers have adequate protective equipment to perform their work.
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Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica
Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica is an organization that works for the political, economic and cultural empowerment of Afro-Mexican women and youth in Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. There are currently no culturally-sensitive sexual and reproductive health programs for Afro-Mexican adolescence and youth in their communities. Therefore, they seek to support Afro-Mexican adolescents and young people to access their sexual and reproductive rights, through feminist self-care kits, reliable contraceptive methods, brochures with information on safe abortion and a guide to conscious menstruation with a menstrual cup for beginners.
Organización de Mujeres Jóvenes y niñas con discapacidad "La Esperanza"
The organisation of young women and girls with disabilities "La Esperanza" is group of women with disabilities, lesbian, trans and gender non-conforming young people, who work for the inclusion of these populations in Nicaragua. Most of the members of the organisation do not have a formal job or they have small businesses, which have been directly affected by the pandemic. This organisation seeks to advocate for emergency care at the municipality level, provide protection and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable groups that currently do not have any income, as well as psychological sessions for the organisation.
Serena Morena: Aborto, justicia y oportunidad
Serena Morena is a feminist network of young volunteer women in Peru who frequently accompany criminalised women due to abortion. During this pandemic, Serena Morena has accompanied women who live in situations of violence in their homes and who do not have a safe space to carry out an abortion. Serena Morena seeks to improve the mental health of those accompanying abortions so that the women they accompany have a more solid accompaniment. They also seek to facilitate access to medicines for women who do not have the financial resources to have an abortion.
Coletivo TEIA is a black women-led grassroots group fighting for the human rights, integration and emancipation of black women, girls and the black community in general. Taking an intersectional feminist approach, the group fights racism, classism and gender-based violence, aiming to collaborate to end mass incarceration. The group runs a Socio Educational Project in a young women's prison, but has been unable to carry out normal activities due to COVID-19. Despite this, they are in close contact with recently-released girls who need support with basic necessities, as well as support to restart their lives after incarceration. Coletivo TEIA aims to provide basic supplies to marginalized girls, as well as emotional support and accompaniment, building awareness of their rights and protecting them from gender- based violence and family conflict.
COMISIÓN MUJER JOVEN/AMOJO
The Comisión Mujer Joven / AMOJO is a group of girls and young women from Ometepe Island, Nicaragua that works for the defense and exercise of girls and young women rights with autonomy and emphasis on the prevention of violence. In the context of the pandemic experienced by the world, by our country and by Ometepe, girls and young women have been exposed to the pandemic and are experiencing the emotional consequences of domestic, community, and gender-based violence and the lack of economic resources that directly affects girls, especially in their basic personal hygiene and sanitation products. The Comisión Mujer Joven / AMOJO seeks to provide basic food and sanitary kits for girls from rural communities. They also seek to strengthen food security by planting vegetables in their yards to have food at the end of the year. They also aim at generating online information for the prevention of violence and COVID-19 in the communities where they work through messages and videos (social networks and WhatsApp).
Tinokwe Foundation from the United States supports indigenous girls to study their tribes and speak their indigenous language to embrace, advocate and instill pride in them for who they are as indigenous women. The foundation works toward creating a sisterhood, community and safe space for girls to share resources and feel empowered. Their core belief is to empower their next generation of life givers to be proud and informed advocates.
Leer para Soñar
Leer para Soñar is a group of young women from El Salvador, which works to defend the rights of children, adolescents and women through socio-educational processes that humanise, sensitise and empower to generate spaces free of violence. They have identified girls, and their families, from rural areas and with low-income that have been affected by the measures decreed due to COVID-19. In this context, the group seeks to support these girls through the creation of home gardens and through providing food. In addition, it aims to develop self-care processes so that girls recognise the importance of being listened to and the importance of expressing themselves about what they are currently experiencing.
TColettive is a group of organizations and trans/non-binary activists from Brasilia created in solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic to support already vulnerable populations. They recognize that LGBTI people are being affected by the pandemic in particular ways, such as barriers accessing health-care, disruption on their extended chosen family structures and economic hardship. They have also identified that the marginalization and vulnerabilities imposed on the trans community, specifically place these people among the most exposed to the Covid-19 pandemic. TColettive wants to ensure that support measures to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic reach this part of the population. They aim at providing donations to the trans community, and to build an online campaign to raise more resources and items to respond to this emergency.
The Middle East and North Africa
HERA is based in Libya and was founded by the former members of Libya’s women’s national football team with the aim of developing and supporting girls and young women through sports. HERA uses football as an active learning tool to educate on issues of gender equality and discrimination, health and reconciliation. The group works in schools and with internally displaced persons in refugee camps and orphanages and aims to create sport spaces where girls can build strength, both physical and mental, to help face their daily realities. By acquiring the proper protection gear against Covid 19, the team is hoping to be able to resume with their activities and continue to provide their support to young women and girls.
L’Association Errahma des Handicapées Azilal
L’Association Errahma des Handicapées Azilal works with girls and young women with disabilities in the High Atlas Mountains region of Azilal to fight all kinds of discrimination and marginalisation practised against them. They work to safeguard their wellbeing and promote their integration in the economic and social fabric of Morocco. The quarantine due to Covid 19 led to their isolation and interrupted their communication with the outside world thus depriving them of opportunities for distance education and their access to basic services and rights. This requires Errahma to facilitate their access to the information world through social media platforms as a tool for learning and strengthening skills and capabilities, especially in the rural mountainous area in which they live in the absence of the minimum conditions for a decent for these disabled girls and young women.
The Creativity Salon
The Creativity Salon started in Bethlehem with a personal initiative in 2019 and aims at developing the creativity and art skills of girls in the local Palestinian community as well as creating opportunities for them to express and take part in the community activities. It also targets challenging and changing stereotypes about girls by developing their skills in writing and reading. They provide training about creative writing, hosting discussions of novels and well-known authors to speak about their experiences as well as round table discussions about poetry and training on designing magazines for girls. After COVID-19, all face to face activities with their beneficiaries have stopped which caused them to lose contact with them as many don't have internet access or computers so the team switched to online training for a few of them. Activities such as printing out their magazine was put on hold because all their financial resources went to Covid-19 related health care.
Toward a Better Tomorrow for Development and Empowerment
Toward a Better Tomorrow for Development and Empowerment is based in Jordan and it is focused on defending the rights of all groups of marginalised girls who are deprived from access to basic services such as education and public health. They aim to work through networking with the largest number of local community institutions: schools, health centres and associations. The team’s activities are set to develop and empower girls in the local community of Amman and El Mafraq. In light of Covid 19, their beneficiaries are deprived from access to communication hence subject to a high risk of violence and sexual exploitation. The crisis- especially with the closure of schools and social clubs- also threatens to erode any gains that have been made in consolidating the importance of education among adolescent girls and their families.
Domari Society for the Gypsies in Jerusalem
Domari Society for the Gypsies in Jerusalem is a non-profit organisation aims at combating the major issues facing the Domari Society of Gypsiescommunity such as severe discrimination, cultural marginalization and poverty. Their work focus is on empowerment, job training for Domari Gypsies women and education for Domari children with the aim to effectively contest discrimination and poverty through self-empowerment and achievement. In addition to poverty and low incomes, the global pandemic has left many Domari teenage mothers and young ladies jobless. With no access to government aid, the only income is through sales of their homemade crafts or low income jobs like housekeeping and gardening.