ROUND 2 GRANTEES
Asia and the pacific
Access Planet Organization
Access Planet Organization, led by young Women with disabilities, works to promote the rights, empowerment and inclusion of young Women with disabilities in Nepal. Established in September 2015, it aims to mainstream young Women with disabilities in society through technology and capacity building by promoting quality education, wellbeing and leadership capabilities. The livelihood of a large number of young Women with disabilities working in informal sectors in Kathmandu has been seriously affected by the crisis, and Government support is limited. Many of these women belong to poor families from rural parts of Nepal and their families are unable to provide them with support. Access Planet Organisation thus hopes to build the resilience of young Women with disabilities working in the informal sector.
All India Queer Association
AIQA was formed as a collective in 2019 to empower women and the LGBTQIA+ community in India. They focus on education, employment generation, and fighting discrimination against women and the LGBTQIA+ community. As a result of the crisis, queer people and women are experiencing more violence at home - the LGBTQIA+ community face homophobic violence from their parents and landlords, whilst women are overburdened with domestic labour and at risk of violence from abusive husbands, parents and roommates. The mental and physical health of both women and the LGBTQIA+ community are at risk in India. AIQA is working to provide shelter for those who are facing violence, as well as provide mental health counselling and financial support to queer students who are facing financial abuse from their families.
Atoot is a Sports for Development NGO which uses daily football, educational classes and life skills workshops to empower and educate girls in a rural Nepal village. Girls ranging from age 5 – 18 years attend their program and they engage an average of 50 girls on a daily basis. Since the lockdown began in Nepal, Atoot’s beneficiaries have been restricted to their village homes, preventing them from accessing the consistent support of Atoot, and placing them at risk of grooming to become child brides due to a lack of familial financial security. Once the Nepali government lifts the lockdown, Atoot aims to resume their daily programming, purchase necessary PPE/cleaning essentials, add an extra educational officer and purchase a used scooter to transport their staff safely to and from the village. They expect that the return of their safe spaces will reenergize their beneficiaries’ independent thinking, social development and community girl empowerment.
Druk Youth Initiative of Sexual Advocacy
Druk Youth Initative of Sexual Advocacy works with and for young people, particularly girls, young women, indigenous girls/women and trans people, to bring about a shift in societal mindsets and create a feminist society in Bhutan. The group was formed in order to stand against the patriarchy with a focus on women's and trans people’s rights, and the sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people through innovation and technology. Most importantly, Druk Youth Initiative aimed to challenge the commonly held idea that Bhutanese society is matriarchal – a notion that is merely based on the rhetoric belief that properties are passed down to girls/women. The group create awareness and sensitization programs through innovation, and are working to provide capacity building spaces and educational content in the form of podcasts, which are more accessible during the Covid-19 crisis. Alongside strengthening their network and increasing their engagement, one of the group’s main objectives is the inclusion of marginalized people (especially indigenous women and sex workers) and their experiences in their work.
Maitri Vietnam is a small womxn-led holistic art therapy space in Vietnam. Previously known as Girls in Blue Capes, their focus was on sex education, as well as promoting gender diversity and women’s empowerment between 2016-2019. Currently Maitri Vietnam is establishing a centre that provides professional therapeutic work (art therapy) and community projects both online and offline that support underserved communities including children and women survivors of domestic violence, LGBTQ youths, and veterans. Maitri Vietnam is currently working to share knowledge online and in the Vietnamese language about mental health and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are planning to host a free online summit which will share knowledge about mental health, and provide self-care skills for mental wellbeing. Mental health is strongly stigmatized in Vietnamese culture, making it even more important and urgent to discuss during this time. Using online platforms will allow many people in different regions of the country to have access to the group’s webinars and share their experiences relating to mental health.
Goreto Nepal is a community-based organization of female sex workers, working for the health and rights of sex workers in Pokhara. The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted the mobility of sex workers in Nepal, meaning their income has been compromised and they are unable to financially support their families. HIV+ sex workers are unable to afford healthcare, and access to abortion services is nearly impossible for many sex workers. Goreto Nepal aims to provide support to their community, in the form of food, personal hygiene products and medicine, thus alleviating some of the pressure that many sex workers are currently facing.
Kabataang IPnay / Young Indigenous women collective
Kabataang IPnay are a collective of indigenous young women activists from 20 indigenous communities in the Philippines who are dedicated to reaching out to other indigenous young women, and learning about their rights as women and as indigenous peoples. The collective creates spaces to talk about their different experiences with the aim of helping one another and strengthening their communities. Due to being located in geographically isolated areas, indigenous communities have limited access to correct information about Covid-19. Similarly, information on the ground and reports from indigenous communities are not disseminated. This lack of communication has exacerbated indigenous women’s exposure to different forms of violence at home, and in their communities, and made it more difficult for them to receive help. Kabataang IPnay aim to provide and support 10 Indigenous young women and their communities with a communication pack. These communication packs will enable access to accurate information about Covid-19, as well as online advocacy campaigns and communication with other young indigenous women and activists.
Dhaarchidi is a group of young women who aim to understand, question and create responses to the socio-environmental challenges in their communities in the lower Himalayas. The group is coming together to use direct-education methods to unravel complex stories and experiences that women live. In the rural, mountainous region where they gather, women do more than 70% of agricultural, forest and household work, yet are marginally involved in telling their own stories or any decision making processes. The group wishes to produce creative, counter-cultural local and online expressions, in order to raise questions and build understanding about issues that are seldom talked about. Covid-19 has seen the shifting of communications online, and the reduction of public gatherings and assembly. During this time, people’s lives and livelihoods have been challenged by existing and new harmful socio-environmental processes. Dhaarchidi sees the need to create reflective practices and spaces, to extend our collective work by publishing local (her)stories, raising voices about rights and wrongs and providing artistic responses, through the perspectives of women, to the ongoing crises.
KL Queer Space
KL Queer Space enables LGBTI people in Malaysia to socialise and mobilise through fellowship and capacity-building activities. Completely self-funded, KL Queer Space has been supporting and incubating youth and female LGBTI leaders since 2016 through organising 50+ major events, showcasing 300+ performers and facilitating 50+ workshops reaching thousands of LGBTI participants. In 2019 a multi-purpose community space was opened with the hope of creating sustainable systems that develop the capacity of LGBTI youth and women to spearhead systemic change. KL Queer Space believes that through positive representation, marginalised communities in Malaysia are able to increase their understanding and access to their rights. Since the movement control order started in Malaysia on 18 March 2020, social distancing has meant income generating activities that previously paid for rent, utilities and volunteers have been greatly reduced. Fellow community members have experienced job loss, salary cuts and a decline in job opportunities meaning that now, more than ever, the community needs access to the specific support that KL Queer Space are able to provide.
Priyam is a collective of differently talented persons with a spectrum of identities emerging from the multifaceted context of Sri Lanka. It is an open and fluid platform to connect, resist, share, shape, and grow. The collective was formed in 2018 by queer and feminist activists from the North and East of Sri Lanka, to continue their work with persons with disabilities, trans* and intersex persons, women and members of the queer community. They believe that alongside experiences of oppression, exist powerful stories of resistance, some of which the Priyam Collective proudly produces. They also believe that the understanding of resistance must move beyond the traditional and dominant interpretations, and it continually evolves. The overall wellbeing of the community has been shaken once again by the responses to Covid-19 in Sri Lanka. In the context of Covid-19, the community suffers from the financial dependency that makes them more vulnerable and reliant on abusive households and relationships, fewer job opportunities during the pandemic, especially for persons with disabilities and the trans* and intersex community, increased social surveillance and pressure to conform with dominant normative practices of society. Priyam Collective is committed to supporting members of the community and documenting the experiences of oppression and resistance in the context of the global pandemic.
Rise Up seeks to empower young women, girls, people with special needs, members of the LGBTQ community and others in Papua New Guinea to realize their human rights and utilize their potential. Formed in 2017, the organization has worked with indigenous women fighting for climate and environmental justice, and with young girls. The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the woman, girls and youths of the Rise Up community. The lock down has prevented the organization from conducting fundraising activities, and the funding they do have has been diverted to raise awareness on and conducting research about Covid-19.
Similarly, girls and young women have not been able to access family planning services and there has been a rise in unwanted pregnancies during the lockdown. Rise Up is working to develop an inclusive strategic response plan for Covid-19, which will be shared with local groups and implemented. They are also planning to distribute hand sanitizer, re-usable pads, and birth control pills to the women they work with.
Sew Empower Inc
Sew Empower focuses on providing free basic life skills and financial literacy training to underprivileged women and girls living in marginalized communities in Papua New Guinea. The collective has been delivering free programs that teach young women of all backgrounds how to Sew, save and start small businesses within the poorer urban areas of Port Moresby. So far, they have trained more than 100 women in basic sewing and business awareness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sew Empower are currently running their lessons online, however, many participants cannot afford their own mobile devices and thus cannot access online content.
Thaiconsent is a community aimed at creating knowledge about sexual rights and gender equality with empowerment programs for young feminists. It is collaborating with Sangsan Anakot Yawachon, an NGO working for human rights, gender, and social justice for the children, girls, LGBTQ youth in an ethnic minority group. During the Covid-19 pandemic they have witnessed a significant rise in anti-feminist groups on the internet. At the same time, there is limited accurate media surrounding the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on marginalised communities in Thailand, with ethnic minority women and LGBTQ people in particular being placed at increased risk. This collaboration of online feminists will reach people at a grassroots level, with the goal of empowering local youth leaders and creating community awareness among women and young LGBTQ people in the indigenous stateless community.
Sisterhood Initiative works towards creating safe spaces for Muslim women in Sri Lanka to come together and share experiences, engage in curated discussions and find a sense of community amongst one another. They aim to empower Muslim women to be decision makers in their lives, by engaging in conversations that raise awareness about injustices faced by Muslim women in the island, encouraging volunteerism and building a sense of community. This space has enabled networking and solidarity between Muslim and non-Muslim group members and created a knowledge sharing platform by facilitating discussion on relevant topics by resource persons.
Dalit Women Fight
Dalit Women Fight is a community-led digital project to amplify the voices of Dalit women for justice. We cultivate Dalit women activists, who are the leaders of a movement for Dalit self-respect and dignity. The groups’ work spans four major areas: survivor support, grassroots activism, leadership development and international advocacy. Dalit Women Fight’s aim is to build a critical mass movement led by Dalit Women Leaders; working to create community-based movements that have specific frameworks in place to effectively challenge, tackle, and solve caste-based violence and discrimination, and the culture of impunity.
Chitral Women Sports Club
Chitral Women Sports Club from Pakistan was established in 2018 with the aim to provide a safe environment to young Chitrali girls to engage in sports and to thus empower these young girls. It was started initially to encourage physical health among girls in Chitral which never existed before but the group later realised that sports could also be a tool to enhance one’s mental health. The group has organised football and volleyball camps and tournaments.
Europe and Central Asia
Act Women’s Ženergija Hub
Ženergija Hub is feminist initiative conceptualized as a physical and digital space where young women can meet up, gain knowledge and skills about investigative journalism, podcast making and public appearance. We want to empower these women and give them the tools for their own expression. We will create a trans-generational dialogue between younger and more experienced activists with the aim of fighting back the retraditionalization and media censorship in our country, opening the space for various female voices to be heard and strengthening the feminist movement in Serbia.
Association Alliance Citoyenne, Syndicat des Hijabeuses
Association Alliance Citoyenne, Syndicat des Hijabeuses are an organisation of Muslim women in France who are fighting for the right to play football in the main French football league, whilst wearing their hijabs. They aim to provide Muslim women with a safe place to share the difficulties they face, and to feel understood by women with similar experiences. Alliance citoyenne des hijabeuses would like for every young woman, Muslim or not, to have the option to play football if she so wishes. Due to Covid-19, schools, leisure centres and playgrounds have been closed, leaving the organisation with no space to meet or to play football. With the easing of restrictions, Alliance citoyenne des hijabeuses are working to organise a football tournament in a safe place that will allow for Muslim women from different neighbourhoods to exchange experiences, empower one another and strategize towards reaching their goal of obtaining the right to play in the main football league whilst wearing a hijab.
Giuvlipen (Asociatia Actorilor Romi)
Asociatia Actorilor Romi manages the first and only Roma theatre company in Romania, Giuvlipen. The company produces original theatre plays using an intersectional feminist approach, speaking openly about themes that the Roma and, more specifically, the Roma LGBTQIA+ and female communities are facing. Their project aims to build up a strong response to racist discourse in Romania and to bring forth Roma artists, cultural workers, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, linguists, and other representative voices from the Roma community in order to break down old well-established myths, stereotypes and misconceptions. As a result of the current pandemic, Giuvlipen’s work is extremely compromised: making theatre without the public is nearly impossible, as theatre means direct contact between actors and the public. Although theatres were recently opened in Romania under strict conditions, there are no institutions open for Roma theatre. The organisation aims to produce a weekly or bi-monthly vodcast show in Romanian entitled “I Am the Leading Actress”, which would be a feminist guide for the public and for private institutions, media and the general public, for relating and positioning oneself in a constructive way to the Roma community.
Drum 'n' rage (cro. Drum 'n' bijes)
Drum ‘n’ rage are a collective based in Croatia who use drumming to spread a message of resistance against xenophobia, misogyny, disrespect for human, civil and labor rights, and social injustice. By participating in protests and empowering individuals who are drumming to support social change, they want to help create a more educated, active and socially sensitive community. They aim to nurture queer-feminism and solidarity within the collective and outside, empower oppressed persons and groups through gathering and drumming, develop critical and political awareness amongst participants and encourage self-organisation and comradeship. In addition to drumming at protests, Drum ‘n’ rage also organise and conduct drumming workshops and mentor young female/queer persons for coordination, action planning, communication and activism within the group. Along with continuing to collaborate with other organisations and informal initiatives that share their values, the collective is working to strengthen and expand their capacity, as well as decentralise their work.
Geten, Center for LGBTIQA People's Rights
Geten, Center for LGBTIQA People’s Rights is the first HRO working in the field of TIQ/gender diverse rights and the improvement of TIQ people‘s position in Serbian society. Over the course of last 20 years, Geten has completed numerous projects focusing on changing and improving legislation connected to trans and intersex people’s rights and they provide direct services primarily to the TIQ, but also LGB community. The impact of Covid-19 on people’s health and finances, as well as the economy, has placed further pressure on the pre-existing, and grave socio-economic position of minority groups in Serbia, meaning that TGNC people have been put at a particular risk. Geten hopes to alleviate the specific suffering and problems of TIQ and GNC people, and make the crisis more bearable by providing care packages, bringing the community together and improving mental health through their trans support group and other direct services (LGBTIQ SOS Helpline, psychological consultations, legal support, media), and providing a virtual space for the community in times of physical distancing (Balkan LGBTIQ Chat service, forum and social networks).
Identity.Education was born in 2018 out of the need for formal representation for the LGBTQI+ community, the promotion of their human rights and to fight against discrimination and gender stereotypes. In Romania, Covid-19 has affected queer women in arts and culture - an already vulnerable group. Public and private funding has decreased and physical distancing has posed challenges for hosting events. Identity.Education aims to support queer women in art and culture by hosting a multidisciplinary documentary art expo and a digitalized theatre play, both of which will focus on the life of queer women in Romania. They also hope to analyse and survey the life of queer women in the city and create a digital map of the spaces that are considered safe.
Lesbian* Resistance are a group of young lesbians* and gender non-conforming people who aim to mobilise, empower one other and bring visibility to their concerns in Georgia. The group utilise a non-hierarchical, non-formal structure, and they hope to remain radical and free by rethinking the meaning of resistance. Lesbian*Resistance’s major goal is to spread queer feminist ideas amongst community members who avoid formal organisations and thus remain beyond their services and reach. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic vulnerability of Lesbians*, many of whom have precarious employment, and there are no shelters in Georgia for LGBTQI people. Lesbian*Resistance aims to provide direct support to community members by covering their basic needs, offering mentorship opportunities with the hopes of increasing employment options, and providing free and professional psychological support.
QueerFemme and BraveLab
QueerFemme and BraveLab are self-support groups for LGBTI people in Bulgaria. QueerFemme is a group for LBT women and non-binary people and BraveLab is for LGBTI youth aged 14-29. Both groups aim to provide safer spaces for people to share their experiences and provide support to each other. The groups also work to empower participants by raising awareness about LGBTI and feminist topics, and providing opportunities for training and volunteering. The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the social inequalities affecting LGBTI communities. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown have created complex challenges and risks for the most marginalised individuals, which in Bulgaria are queer women, trans and intersex people and LGBTI youth. The pandemic has also had a strong impact on the mental and physical health of these groups. QueerFemme and BraveLab are working to organise an activist Academy for their members, the main goal of which is to multiply the number of people who are motivated to come up with new ways of engaging and supporting LGBTI youth and queer women during the pandemic.
Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO
Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO is a community based, democratic, human rights defender organization. It is the first and only NGO run by and for trans people and sex workers in Armenia and in the South Caucasus region. Founded in 2016 by young trans activists, the organisation aims to ensure the well-being, protection and equality of the trans community and sex workers by achieving social-cultural and legal changes through cooperation with state bodies, civil society and with international organizations. Trans and LGBQI people have been one of the most marginalized, least visible and discriminated groups in traditional and conservative Armenia, without any protection within the community and society at large. Along with monitoring and reporting human rights violations of the community, Rights Side Human Rights Defender NGO provides legal, social and psychological services to the community, holds annual trans camps, vocational education trainings, language courses, capacity building workshops and seminars, awareness raising campaigns, etc., the NGO hosted the first gender equality and diversity cultural festival in Armenia in 2019 as a pre-event for the first Pride which is planned to be held in 2021.
Roma WomenS Center Rromnjako Ilo
Roma Women’s Centre in Serbia is a group of LGBTQI Roma women formed to empower and encourage Roma women of various sexual orientations to freely make their own choices in life. LGBTQI Roma women in Serbia experience extreme marginalisation, anxiety and violence which has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the return of family members from work in the EU. Roma Women’s Centre provides legal support, psychological counselling and sexual violence trauma healing to LGBTQI Roma women to ensure they are supported and visible in society.
SARPA is an activist group who organise events and use online platforms to engage on issues such as gender, feminism and human rights for adolescents in Uzbekistan. Formed in early 2020, SARPA has held a DIY festival and exhibition addressing Gender Based Violence, as well as started a blog. The restrictions implemented as a result of Covid-19 have led to a loss of employment for many young girls and women, as well as an increase in Gender Based Violence in Uzbekistan. Isolation, along with the threat of restrictions on Social Media have also resulted in reduced access to networks of support. SARPA aims to continue with and expand their online work, as well as create a space for young girls interested in feminism to meet and gain support in the future.
Social Center "Oktobar"
Social Center Oktobar in Serbia was founded with the aim to create a cultural, social and political space for radical left and progressive ideas, in a time when there was no such place in Belgrade. Oktobar is dedicated to the development of anti-capitalist, feminist, anti-fascist, and other progressive ideas and practices. It is a public place, run by 8 activists on a voluntary basis, open every day from 4pm until midnight. It is a self-sustained place, that people can support by donations and is in most part financed by individual donations from those who recognise the importance of their work.
Stop the Violence Before It's Too Late
Stop the Violence Before It's Too Late is an informal group currently working online and based in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main purpose of the group is to raise awareness about domestic abuse towards women and help them escape from the abusive environment. The #NisiSama (#YouAreNotAlone) project has been designed to support all women who suffer or have witnessed abuse so they can report the abuse and start a new life.
The Fireflies are a non-professional, non-governmental organisation formed by young girl activists who fight for equal rights by making PSA short films in Bulgaria. They educate people who prefer to stay in the shadows, but they also represent young girls and women who have a hard time in life, with the hopes of fostering solidarity and support. Their goal is to educate, represent and advocate for equal rights. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Fireflies are unable to safely make films. Additionally, they have limited resources for film-making equipment which means they are unable to realise their organisational goals. The Fireflies are working towards producing more professional movies with the hopes of reaching more viewers.
Vpershe is a female-led collective which operates an online platform that provides comprehensive sexual education to teenagers and youth in Ukraine. The organisation posts clearly written, scientifically relevant articles, offers an anonymous Q&A, and provides a platform for the voices of marginalised people (e.g. transgender people, gay people who have been to war, asexual people, HIV+ people). They also interact with their readers/viewers through online lives and webinars. Covid-19 has prevented the collective from giving lectures, as well as limited their ability to communicate with one another as the founders are based in different countries. Vpershe’s audience have also been affected, and the collective is working to focus their content on prioritising mental health and self-care during quarantine, as well as giving advice about dating and sex.
Women’s Gaze in Georgia provides sexual and reproductive health and rights services and information to women from 16 to 30, including a free gynecology service. A drop in employment rates of 45% in Georgia and a rise in domestic violence cases during the pandemic has directly impacted young women and their ability to address their basic needs, particularly contraceptives and hygiene products. Women’s Gaze aims to support young women to regain access over their reproductive health, choices and bodies during the COVID-19 crisis.
StudioMobile – accent on action
Young Women’s Group operates within StudioMobile – Accent on Action (SMAA), an organisation which works towards the advancement of women’s and other marginalised groups’ human rights. Young Women’s Group produces documentaries for educational purposes and conducts seminars and discussions on gender issues through documentary screenings in mostly rural areas of Georgia. The group works mainly with rural and transgender women. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it impossible to organise big meetings and educational sessions, Young Women’s Group are working to reach their target audience virtually. Through using multimedia platforms, the project aims to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights among young girls and women in general.
Action pour la Lutte Contre l'Injustice Sociale (ALCIS)
ALCIS is a community-based organisation that fights against human rights violations and gender inequalities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since its inception, ALCIS has articulated a democratic and progressive movement that brings together young LGBTI and sex workers to provide support and information to fight discrimination, exclusion and violence that this community faces. The organisation works tirelessly to end the criminalisation and penalty of homosexuality and to promote solidarity.
Afroactivists is a new organization formed by girls and young women living in rural communities in Malawi. The organisation aims to provide opportunities for development, education, health, safety and a platform for fighting against gender-based violence, prioritising justice and working towards the SDG goals to ensure a better environment for girls. The pandemic has had a significant impact on girls and young women. Internet access is limited and expensive, meaning that online classes are not possible. There has been an increase in sexual violence and rape with over 25 survivors in the community in need of assistance, and an increase in teenage pregnancy. Additionally, health services and resources are limited due to the closure of community health halls. Afroactivists aims to set up a temporary community health centre that will provide PPE and sanitary products to community members, as well as appoint private community counsellors to assist girls who have experienced domestic violence. Funding will also be distributed to teachers and teaching assistants who do not have adequate PPE.
AID4Girls (Advocacy and Integrated Development for Girls)
AID4Girls provides access to accurate, reliable and youth friendly SRHR information and services to girls, women, young people especially LGBTQI people and community LGBTQI people in northern Ghana under extreme secrecy due to the laws that criminalize, discriminate and stigmatize against this group of young people in the country. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, reproductive health services have been been completely shut down for the LGBTQI community. Accessing these services from both public and private facilities not only results in victimization, stigmatization and discrimination, but LGBTQI people are often refused services and placing the at an extremely high risk of complications of their Reproductive Health ; recently one colleague was lynched whilst trying to collect her ARVs from a government hospital. AID4Girls works to provide essential, life-saving and rights-fulfilling SRHR services to the LGBTQI community including food, temporary shelter, home based care and the provision of ARVs at a safe house.
Arquivo de Identidade Angolano
Arquivo de Identidade Angolano is a group of LBTIQ + feminist women, created in 2017, to celebrate multiple Angolan identities. Its mission is to promote and defend the rights of LBTIQ+ women and create content on gender and sexuality in the Angolan and African context. Objectives: Empower young LBTIQ+ women in social, political, cultural, and economic leadership through conversations, training, and courses; Offer safe reception space for LGBTIQ + communities; Sensitize Angolan society about gender and sexuality in their agendas and areas of activity (education, health, social media).
FEMISS - Feminist Initiative South Sudan
FEMISS is a feminist and sex worker-led organisation in South Sudan, working to advocate for the rights of sex workers and the end of violence against sex workers. They also provide legal support and education, and work in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. FEMISS has trained sex workers as peer leaders and paralegals, as well as engaged in dialogues with the police and other uniformed persons to end violence against sex workers.
Girl's Voice Initiatives
Girl's Voice Initiatives aims to support girls through offering access to quality education, information on girls’ rights, life skills, psycho-social support and economic empowerment in Bukombe, Tanzania. The group is made up of ten girl entrepreneurs who want to address the challenges facing girls in their community. Their programmes are based in education, health and WASH sectors for development. Group members have been unable to progress their businesses due to the restrictions implemented in response to Covid-19 in Tanzania. Girl’s Voice Initiative aims to resume their business activities, in order to be able to continue to support girls who come from poor families and provide them with access to education, health care, sanitation and leadership development skills. The group also hopes to hold sessions focussing on life skills, leadership and management, using technology for development/innovations and capacity building.
Girls Arise Foundation
Girls Arise is an adolescent girls’ group that aims to advance the rights of adolescent girls in Balaka, Malawi. The group works to strengthen adolescent girls’ agency, voices and participation in the areas of SRHR and strengthen girls’ education. They hope that this will allow adolescent girls to claim control over their bodies, as well as develop gender equitable social norms, attitudes, and behavioural change at community and individual levels to prevent violence against girls in communities around Balaka Township and beyond.
Golden Hearts Development Trust
Golden Hearts Development Trust is based in Zimbabwe, and works to enable young teen mothers to engage in projects that generate income so they are able to return to school. The group also makes reusable sanitary wear and has a number of horticultural projects. In the current climate, Golden Hearts Development Trust is unable to travel to where their projects take place, and marketing their work and generating income has been a challenge. The group aims to raise funds to travel to their plot of land where they hope to plant crops and obtain irrigation pipes to protect their crops from drought. They also hope to engage as many teen mothers as possible, as well as open a website to sell their produce online.
Hawa Feminist Coalition
Hawa Feminist Coalition was founded by young feminists in 2018 with the aim of promoting the safety, equality, justice, rights and dignity of young women and girls in Somalia where women bear an unequal brunt of hardships exacerbated by poverty, conflict, religious and cultural limitations which promote strict male authority. Pre-existing toxic social norms and gender inequalities, economic and social stress caused by the pandemic, coupled with restricted movement and social isolation measures, have led to an exponential increase of gender-based violence in Somalia.
Initiative for Women and Girls Right Advancement (IWOGRA)
IWOGRA is a registered non-governmental, non-profit women and girls’ rights organisation that works towards the promotion and protection of human rights, equity and social justice in Nigeria. The organisation was born in 2019 with the aim of protecting and promoting women and girls’ rights through advocacy, reporting, strategic litigation, capacity building, education and research.
Edu Arise is a welfare organization that supports learners with disabilities with free tutoring classes. Their vision is to ensure that their learners get the best form of education by including qualified counsellors and career guidance for their learners. They believe in the power of mentorship and how it helps shape girls and help them attain their full potential. Edu Arise’s mission is to provide students with quality and safe education during the COVID-19 pandemic, through continuing to offer a venue for teaching, enlisting tutors with training in assistive technology, covering transportation costs and studying materials that cater for the need of each their students, and providing assistance to students who are homeless.
ENVOL-Association Action Santé Trans
ENVOL-Association Action Santé Trans is a Beninese feminist association. ENVOL's mission is to accompany, help and support women and trans people to contribute to their well-being. ENVOL works to end gender-based violence in order to promote empowerment in the community. The group fights against STIs and HIV/AIDS by promoting behaviour change among couples to reduce the HIV prevalence rate in the community.
Girls' Forum Uganda
Girls’ Forum Uganda enables economically vulnerable youths to equitably access educational and skills training to generate income to cater for their own health and development needs in Uganda. As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown and a reduction in public transport, GFU’s service delivery has been affected. The needs of the youth during the pandemic have not been prioritised and young people are experiencing socio-economic challenges, and a lack of access to basic needs such as healthcare, food and education. Many healthcare centres have been forced to close, and the youth-friendly centres that have remained open are not easily accessible to people living in rural areas. GFU is working to support adolescent girls, youth, women and disabled people to get access to healthcare, particularly ART for HIV+ people. They also aim to provide food and educational materials.
Indigenous Girls Rise
Indigenous Girls Rise was created by young adolescent girls to promote girls' education and contribute to end early and forced marriages within communities in Cameroon. The group also raises awareness about the dangers of early and forced marriages and the importance of sending the girl child to school. They have organised training sessions to promotes girls’ leadership by providing a platform that allows girls to speak confidently in public and in their communities. Indigenous Girls Rise have trained around 40 pairs of educators to go door to door in their community to raise awareness about the right of the child and gender-based violence.
KURIA GIRLCHILD EMPOWERMENT GROUP
Kuria Girlchild Empowerment is a support group for transgender young people, SGBV survivors, young people with disabilities, and girls heading homes in Kenya. The original objective of the group was to develop self-mitigation of negative social stigmas and traumas experienced by the aforementioned groups. The age of group members meant many of them were unable to obtain national identity cards, and they therefore decided to work with like-minded organizations to contribute their voices, and work to develop sustainable ways of survival. Due to the Coronavirus, Kuria Girlchild Empowerment has lost essential financial support, and members have been exposed to sexual abuse and extreme stigma. They are also facing a lack of access to medical treatment, basic necessities, PPE and psychosocial support. The group aims to provide PPE, mobile phones, food, legal and medical assistance and access to essential psychosocial services in a safe environment to community members.
Réseau des jeunes pour la promotion de l'abandon des MGF et Des Mariages D'Enfants
Réseau des Jeunes pour la Promotion de l’Abandon des MGF/E et des Mariages d'Enfants fights to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV), particularly female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child marriages in Senegal. It is made up of 30 youth movements and associations with 30,000 members working to promote Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Youth (SRHAY).
VFN Heroes Club
VFN Heroes Club in Nigeria is a safe space for school girls to meet fortnightly and discuss gender-based violence issues that affect their lives and their futures. The group particularly focuses on the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Osun State, where one third of girls are mutilated before the age of 15. VFN Heroes Club operates in 38 schools in Osun State and has 2832 members aged 10-19. These girls are now equipped with the information sufficient to take a stand against FGM and also enlighten their families on its harmful effects.
Mifali is a Cameroonian platform managed by adolescent girls and boys, which focuses on the injustices faced by girls in particular. On this platform girls come together to discuss issues they face and bring out solutions to these problems, with the aim of empowering adolescents with education, understanding, and skills to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as obtain access to services and career opportunities for their personal and leadership development. The movement also works to facilitate the active participation and inclusion of their voices in critical decision-making spaces. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, group members have been unable to meet and engage in community outreach. Meetings take place online, which is challenging due to a lack of access to the internet and mobile phones. Mifali is working to ensure that group members have access to the internet and communication devices, so that they can continue to engage and remain active in advocacy and movement activities.
ActivateHer is a sports development initiative based in Khayelitsha, the largest township in Cape Town, South Africa. ActivateHer leverages sports as a catalyst to empower girls and young women, identifying the power of sport and play to further physical and mental development. Together, through sports and educational support, ActivateHer provides girls with tools to empower themselves and their communities, preparing them for economic independence and social resilience in life.
The Americas and
Alianza Mexicana de Trabajadoras Sexuales (AMETS)
Alianza Mexicana de Trabajadoras Sexuales (AMETS) is an organization that seeks labor recognition of sex work, as well as the defense of the rights of those who exercise it. The vulnerability of sex workers in Mexico has increased due to the decrease in work and the increased risk to health caused by the pandemic. AMETS seeks to support sex workers with the provision of pantries, financial support, rental support, and community kitchens for the homeless. AMETS proposes to prioritize support for young women with disabilities, single mothers, and trans girls, among others.
Articulação Intercomunidades para o Bem Viver
Articulação Intercomunidades para o Bem Viver is made up of girls and young women from traditional and rural communities located in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. This joint seeks to fight and resist different logistics projects aimed at mining and agribusiness that generate expropriation of their land and territory. Even during the pandemic, these communities suffer threats of expulsion from their territories, and with the advancement of COVID-19, isolation increases due to limited access to the internet and telephony. In this context, the group seeks to accompany its communities through information campaigns for the prevention of Covid-19, financial support for the production of masks, and the acquisition of baumanometers, thermometers, and oximeters, among other actions.
Asociación para la promoción y el desarrollo de la comunidad CEIBA
For 27 years, the Asociación para la promoción y desarrollo de la comunidad CEIBA has accompanied the historically vulnerable population in Guatemala. The Asociación promotes community organization, food sovereignty, solidarity economy, defense of the body-land territory, and the defense of the rights of women. The health crisis caused by Covid-19 has exacerbated historical problems in the country, as the barriers to access to formal education. Therefore the CEIBA association seeks to support a group of 17 girls and adolescents to guarantee their continuity in the school cycle, through financial support for tuition, food purchases, and attention to basic hygiene needs. With this, they seek to strengthen their self-esteem and their perspective of life in the future.
Colectiva Trans-Parencias is the first trans feminist collective in Costa Rica. Its mission is to fight for the vindication of the rights of sex work and trans identities, and eradicate all forms of discrimination against sex workers (cis / trans), with an educational and impactful approach. Sex workers have been severely affected by the current economic and health crisis. The Colectiva seeks to support these people by providing non-perishable food, condoms, blankets, clothing, personal care products, and reusable masks. The Colectiva Trans-Parencias also intends to promote an awareness campaign and deliver informative material on the rights of sex workers.
Coletivo de Mulheres do Xingu
The Coletivo de Mulheres do Xingu works in the middle of the Xingu region in the defense and promotion of the rights of girls and women and environmental guidelines. It aims at gender equality and the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women. The collective seeks to strengthen the struggle for the territoriality of women from Transamazônica and Xingu with an emphasis on the specificities of Amazon women (urban, black, riverside, fishermen, farmers, quilombolas, and indigenous people) who work in a network with women from Panamazonia and Latin America.
Corónate Princesa in Puerto Rico was founded in 2017 with the aim of empowering girls and young women on issues of gender equality, violence and discrimination. The group aims to raise awareness among young people of the power they have to change the patriarchal culture that affects them. Corónate Princesa aims to develop young women’s leadership and emotional health through educational campaigns and materials against all types of violence. The group is also working on a bill against gender violence in Puerto Rico and on the drafting of the Charter of the Rights of the Puerto Rican Girl.
Diversidades, Redes de Apoyo para Mujeres y Opciones Neutrogenéricas de Acompañamiento A.C. (Di RAMONA A.C.)
Di RAMONA A.C. is a group of young, lesbian, and bisexual feminist psychologists who seek to generate more resilient, autonomous, and sororous communities, through knowledge and full exercise and without prejudice to sexuality. Di RAMONA disseminates information about sexual and reproductive rights from a self-care perspective, focused mainly on young people. We work from 4 main activities: 1) access to safe abortion; 2) prevention of child sexual abuse; 3) visibility of sexual disorders (lesbian and bisexual women), and 4) fight against the stigma of HIV / AIDS. Since the beginning of the pandemic, cases of follow-up on abortion with drugs have tripled, surpassing their capacity, and impacting the physical and emotional health of those accompanying them. Di RAMONA seeks to maintain and increase these accompaniments with sufficient medicine and a decent, safe, comfortable, and loving space for companions and people in an abortion situation.
Faldas-R was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 2011 with the aim of creating a positive and concrete impact on women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Venezuela. They run the Safe Abortion Information Hotline, through which they provide safe and free information about the voluntary termination of pregnancy using medication. They also provide face-to-face accompaniment to women who want a self-managed abortion. They also design and implement SRHR educational strategies for women in both urban and rural areas, as well as virtual strategies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fundación Mujeres Emprendedoras de Regidor
Fundación Mujeres Emprendedoras de Regidor is an organization that promotes justice and social equality for girls and women in the municipality of Regidor, through employment and the generation of income for mothers. The current Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated the unemployment situation of the members of the group, affecting their quality of life. The Fundación Emprendedoras de Regidor seeks to improve the quality of life of the families that make up the foundation, recovering the bakery business, buying the necessary raw materials and equipment.
The HERStoire Collective is a lead organisation in Saint Lucia that advances sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and dismantles gendered powered SRH disparities in women and vulnerable groups on the island. The Collective is run solely by young female-identified feminists and uses uses its platform to amplify the voices of marginalised women, deliver information, empowerment, research, advocacy, and collaboratively build the feminist movement at the community, local, regional and international levels. The main goal and purpose of the initiative is to address the unmet SRHR needs of marginalized women, girls and non-binary individuals being left behind by the effects of COVID-19, and disruptions in safe water supplies.
Líricas del Caos - Colectiva de Rap Feminista
Líricas del Caos is a Feminist Rap Collective that bets on safe spaces for women, LBTQ people, and/or racialized people from an intersectional perspective, generating spaces for liberation, resistance, and healing. In response to the pandemic, Líricas del Caos seeks to hold a Feminist Rap contest on “Líricas for hope in times of pandemic” to contribute to hope, memory, and feminist organization. The Collective is committed to making visible gender-based violence, phobic and racist LBT violence, and to spread a message of hope and dignity to girls and young women.
Las Comadres, Red Feminista de Acompañamiento en Aborto Seguro
Las Comadres is a feminist network of accompaniment in safe abortion in Ecuador, which seeks to accompany women, girls, and people with the capacity to abort to provide them with information and support on safe abortion with medications. As part of their work, Las Comadres have been able to verify how confinement and the crisis have intensified gender violence, with the cases of sexual violence against girls and adolescents alarming. In this context, Las Comadres seeks to reduce the gaps in access to safe abortions for girls and women affected by the economic and health crisis, particularly indigenous women, black women, migrants, survivors of violence, etc.
Red Juvenil de AMUGEN -REDJUAMUGEN-
Red Juvenil de Asociación de Mujeres Gente Nueva - REDJUAMUGEN - is a network led by young women of binary and non-binary gender that acts for the sexual and reproductive rights of women who live and/or coexist with HIV and youth in rural and urban areas of 9 Latin American countries (Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru), to reduce stigma and discrimination against HIV and sexual and reproductive health in the young population.
Tapachula Migrant Solidarity
Tapachula Migrant Solidarity is a group of grassroots autonomous organisers in the USA who work closely with migrants who are forced to reside along the Mexico-Guatemala border. They work in solidarity with migrant-led political action and engage in mutual aid that helps elevate the most urgent survival needs of asylum seekers. Tapachula Migrant Solidarity organises with migrants from Central America, the Caribbean and African who are queer and trans, HIV positive, sex workers, sexual assault survivors and those who are engaging in political resistance against the government on behalf of their own survival.
Womxn of Wonder (WOW)
Womxn of Wonder (WOW) in the USA welcomes female-identifying scholars and their accomplices from around the world to engage with pressing theories driving women's rights and activist leadership. Enabling attendees with tools they need to translate critical knowledge and feeling into practice, “Lifeshops” address and inspire projects to fight gender-based and intersectional injustice. Recognizing that the deep complexities of intersectional oppression need to be better understood to be undone, high school senior Annelise established WOW with generous support from Youth Activism Project, Girls Learn International, and Purposeful to mobilize an extending sisterhood among youth justice enthusiasts who will be the future of sustainability.
Nègès Kreyòl is an organization that works with rural Haitian girls and young women. The group was formed to fight against all forms of discrimination, social inequalities, sexual exploitation. Nègès Kreyòl has supported around 5,000 girls and young women in rural areas of the North and North-East of Haiti. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, they aim at providing girls and young women with the necessary information on their sexual and reproductive health. They believe in the urgency of this work as the cases of unwanted and early pregnancy, cases of rape, sexual exploitation and STIs are increasing day by day in their communities.
Colectivo Dignidad Trans
The Colectiva Dignidad Trans was created on December 26, 2019, in the municipality of Arauca. The Collective defends, promotes, and makes visible the human rights of people with trans life experience for political advocacy and socio-cultural transformations in the Department of Arauca. It is formed by 30 trans people, of which twenty (20) are transmigrants, that is, nineteen (19) Trans women and one (1) Trans Man, and 10 Colombian trans-as (Eight (8) Trans women and two (2) ) Trans men). In the group, we have one (1) Trans person with a disability.
Asociación de Mujeres Ixchel por la Transformación Social y Cultural
Asociación de Mujeres Ixchel por la Transformación Social y Cultural is an organisation of young women from El Salvador that works with young people from rural areas and slums and lesbian women through soccer. They provide self-care and feminist education, and accompaniment to victims of violence. They use digital means of communication where they focus on transforming the collective imagination through feminist journalism to advance sexual diversity and a more just and inclusive society for women.
The Middle East and North Africa
Bethlehem Queers in Palestine was born from the Inad Theater leadership program. It is an Instagram account that serves as the only online platform for the Palestinian LGBTQIA+ community. In Palestine, sexuality and gender identity are extremely taboo topics, and it is unsafe for young queer Palestinians to express their identities or even talk about them. Bethlehem Queers creates a safe space for queer Palestinian women who are marginalised to come together and communicate their experiences with sexuality and gender identity through sharing their stories, jokes, and different forms of art expression with each other safely away from hate and oppression.
FemiHub in Egypt was established with a mission of advocating for Female Independence Seekers’ (FIS) — young women who separate from their abusive families and seek geographical and financial independence. The group fights against the stereotypes related to girls' independence and uses the model of the sisterhood concept to demonstrate the limitless power of women-only communities. FemiHub mobilises the FISs to support each other finding appropriate and safe jobs and housing in addition to building a supporting community of FISs that is mainly based on the feminist solidarity as a core principle.
Feminist Diaries, based in Occupied Palestine, is an intergenerational group of young women and girls who have many stories to share about their feminist realities. The group came together to highlight injustices and experiences that shape their world, one that holds little possibilities because of colonial oppression and militarization at one hand, and constructed patriarchy at the other. Equally important, Feminist Diaries provides an art-based perspective on the kind of feminist world that it imagines and seeks to co-create based on human rights and social justice.
Foras.ps in Palestine is an online interactive platform that connects Palestinian women and men with local and international opportunities such as paid and voluntary employment, training and internships, and access to funding, grants and scholarships. We will be adapting technology to maximize this process and make it more efficient for opportunity providers and seekers. The current group aims to increase the employment rate for young women in Palestine. Foras.ps provides support to women applying for opportunities through workshops and interactive sessions which improve their application-writing skills, their employment prospects and ultimately their life conditions.
Haven For Artists
Haven for Artists (HFA) based in Beirut, Lebanon, is an all-inclusive arts organisation founded in 2011 by a group of LGBTQIA artists and activists. The group works at the intersection of art and activism, combining creative and humanitarian methods to facilitate a safe space for the exchange of information, tools, and skills to create a better world. HFA connects artists in the Middle East and North Africa with advocacy groups, activists, and NGOs striving to further LGBTQIA and women's rights.
Outcasts aims to promote social justice and eradicate all forms of violence, oppression and discrimination against transgender and intersex people. The group was established to advocate for the rights of transgender people and sex workers in Tunisia. It demands concrete amendments to the law that enforces the criminalization of transgender people and sex workers, and delegitimises their right to work, health and editable official documents. Outcasts seeks to influence legal change that allows name and gender changes in official documents, and lobby for sex workers, transgender and intersex people's right to health, education, work in addition to mental and physical wellbeing and care.
Panorama Barah is a street theater group that advocates for the rights of women and children, as well as the preservation of popular heritage. The group addresses issues of sexual harassment, domestic violence, early marriage, and female genital mutilation; with specific focus on the sitution of women in Upper Egypt who face multiple problems. Our performances tackle problems in a simple way, and we organize art workshops and storytelling for girls. Since our activities happen at the street, and now that we should maintain social distancing because of COVID-19, we are focused on raising awarness among girls of the virus and the violence that is associated with its spread, as well as providing poor girls with medical and prevention supplies to protect themselves against the virus, in addition to suppling them with the care and products they need during their periods.
Takatoat is a feminist collective based in Jordan which aims to spread women’s rights knowledge and culture in the country, and build a strong feminist movement. The group also aims to change and challenge discriminatory laws, norms and practices, establish safe spaces for women and girls, empower them and ensure their protection from different forms of gender-based violence. Takatoat runs a feminist reading and discussion group aiming to exchange knowledge on several feminist issues. They also use social media and arts as a main tool to expand feminist knowledge and challenge gender-based violence.
Tawjeeh Center for Democracy
We are a group of girl volunteers at Tawjeeh Center for Democracy and Right Culture. We had a great role in coordinating and facilitating activities on the occasion of the International Child Rights Day, International Women's Day, International Day for People with Disabilities, among others. While supervising cooking and catering for festivals, we found our passion and made the choice to pursue our education in culinary studies. The spread of Covid-19 has greatly affected families in Bethlehem, mainly because of the city's dependence on tourism that has completely stopped, resulting in the loss of family income, especially since a large number of women work in hotels and souvenir shops. The project supports women who used to work in the tourism sector in Bethlehem and lost their job to do small projects to earn money after training them.
We Play Equal
We Play Equal is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Turkey by increasing awareness, inspiring collective action and fueling culture change. The group leverages the power of sports as a creative and innovative tool to create a new normal for social innovation and break gender stereotypes by its inherent values: diversity, inclusion and teamwork as guiding principles for gender justice. We Play Equal embraces a gender-synchronized approach to further feminist activism by working with girls and boys simultaneously, and through a supportive atmosphere for discussion and reflection advances the process of gender norms transformation.