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Women’s Fund Asia (WFA): 2021-2022 Leading from South

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 15, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on April 1, 2021
Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) logo
Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) logo

The Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) has launched a call for applications for the 2021-2022 Leading from South to support activism devised, implemented, and led by women, girls, and trans rights organisations in the Global South.

Leading from the South (LFS) is a special consortium created to resource feminist activism in the Global South, initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MFA). Through grantmaking, capacity building, and other resourcing, LFS will strengthen movements, networks, and organisations—especially their advocacy capacity.

The consortium comprises four women’s funds: three regional funds—African Women’s Development Fund (Africa and the Middle East), Fondo Mujeres del Sur (Latin America and the Caribbean), and Women’s Fund Asia (Asia)—and one global fund, the International Indigenous Women’s Forum.

To effectively work towards achieving Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals—working towards gender equality through empowering women and girls—in an expansive and sustainable manner, it is critical to have a framework rooted in the voices, experiences, and leadership of women, girls, trans, and intersex people. The programme framework is also rooted within the three main principles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)—substantive equality, non-discrimination, and state obligation.

The grants are available in the following categories:
• Frontline Defenders grants (small-sized grants) for organizations working at community and subnational levels;
• Amplifying Voices grants (medium-sized grants) are directed to national and sub-regional organizations and networks;
• Promoting Regional Feminist Agenda grants (large-sized grants) for cross-national, sub-regional, and regional groups and networks.

Utilize This Offer

WFA will prioritize grants that aim to address one or all of the following three objectives:
a) Addressing all forms of violence against women, girls, trans, and intersex people and advancing their bodily integrity and autonomy;
b) Protecting and ensuring full economic rights and justice for women, girls, trans, and intersex people;
c) Expanding democratic space, sustaining inclusive governance, and equal participation of women, girls, trans, and intersex people.

All applicant organizations must fit the following criteria:
1. Must be registered and based in one of these 17 countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
2. If you are from an unregistered group, you can apply as part of a consortium.
3. Must have advancement of women, girls, trans, and/or intersex rights as a focus of their vision, mission, and programme.
4. Must be committed to feminist principles and rights-based approaches.
5. In case the application is for a consortium, the board and staff lead and the board and staff composition of the lead organisation should comply with the criteria set out under the respective grant category. Additionally, the rest of the consortium members’s board and staff should be led by women, girls (ages 18-24), trans, and/or intersex persons and be based in one of the 17 eligible countries.
6. Funds need to be registered and working in the region for a minimum of three years.

Grants will range from USD 55,000 to USD 486,000 for a period ranging from 1 – 3 years.

All applications must be submitted by 2 April 2021, 12 midnight, Sri Lanka time (GMT+5.30), via the online application form.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 15
Mar 15

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Jill Langhus
Mar 17
Mar 17

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!

Joseph Mosa
Mar 24
Mar 24

Thank you.