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Global Fund for Women Awards 15 Partnership Grants in Celebration of Its 15th Anniversary; Global Fund for Women Breaks Mold in Philanthropy world.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2002

In honor of 15 years of supporting women's rights worldwide, the Global Fund for Women (GFW) announces 15 Partnership Grants. The grants reflect a unique approach in philanthropy within an ideal central to GFW's work: that the "givers" and "receivers" within the field of philanthropy share roles and become partners in a joint venture to work toward a better world. The awards will be announced at a gala dinner held this evening at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Through the 15th Anniversary Partnership Grants Program, 15 women's groups around the world will each receive a grant of U.S. $20,000 from the Global Fund. Of this amount, $15,000 will be re-granted to other women's groups in the country or region that support smaller, grassroots women's groups in each community. Typically, these are groups the Global Fund, working on its own, would have had limited opportunities to reach due to the small size of the groups, their remote locations, limited infrastructure, and different languages. The remaining $5,000 can be used by the sponsoring organization to administer the program.

The Global Fund believes that it is the grantee group which best knows how to determine its needs and devise solutions for lasting change. The goal of the Global Fund in the role of donor is to effect a certain outcomes to expand women's ability to have a voice and to increase choices in their lives. The Global Fund does not award grants based on numbers and measured outcome. It focuses on:
-- giving based on flexible funds/general operating support not necessarily on project-specific funding

-- giving based on a premise of humility, not trying to control resources and decision-making

-- valuing the contribution of each person because philanthropy is not just a privilege of the wealthy, but an opportunity for everyone to participate in social change


The recipients of the 15th Anniversary Partnership awards are:

-- Al-Zahraa Organization for the Advancement of Women's Status

(Sakhnin, Israel) has been a grantee since 1999 and works to

raise the status of Arab women in Israel.

-- Asociacion Comunal de Mujeres de Morazan (Morazan, El

Salvador) has been a grantee since 2001 and fights for the

rights of widows, peasant women and single mothers affected by

armed conflict in El Salvador.

-- Assistance Center for Disabled People "Hayot" (Samarkand,

Uzbekistan) has been a grantee since 2000 and was the city's

first organization to advocate for the rights of women with

disabilities in Uzbekistan.

-- Coletivo de Feministas Lesbicas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been a

grantee since 1996 and promotes the rights of lesbians in

Brazil through legal aid and public education.

-- Educational Cooperation and Development Center (Tbilisi,

Georgia) has been a grantee since 2000 and operates a center

that promotes philanthropic partnerships between local

businesses and women's rights organizations.

-- Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (Sofia, Bulgaria) has

been a grantee since 1997 and is a model for women in Bulgaria

organizing around economic empowerment, political

representation, violence against women, and gender rights.

-- Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (Bangkok, Thailand)

has been a grantee since 2000 and, through its worldwide

network, conducts a variety of research and programs to combat

trafficking in women and girls, and to strengthen the rights

of sex workers.

-- Mujer Ahora (Montevideo, Uruguay) has been a grantee since

1991 and works to improve the sexual and reproductive rights

of women. Mujer Ahora is accepting the Partnership award on

behalf of a collaboration of five nongovernmental

organizations in Uruguay.

-- Nari Uddug Kendra (Dhaka, Bangladesh) has been a grantee since

1993 and organizes garment workers to advocate for their

rights at the national and international levels, and promotes

girls' education as a means of empowerment.

-- Ntulume Village Women's Development Association (Kampala,

Uganda) has been a grantee since 1997 and provides rural,

female entrepreneurs with business and networking skills, and

micro-loans.

-- Puntos de Encuentro (Managua, Nicaragua) has been a grantee

since 1993 and uses popular culture to educate the public,

particularly young women and men, on issues of sexuality and

violence.

-- Red Thread Women's Development Programme (Charlestown, Guyana)

has been a grantee since 1993 and addresses the challenges

that Guyanese women of African, Indian and indigenous descent

face, in the areas of labor rights, women's sexual and

reproductive health, and domestic violence.

-- Samdech Rasmey Sobbhana Women's Foundation (Phnom Penh,

Cambodia) has been a grantee since 1996 and works to improve

women's and girls' status through education, skills training,

and income-generating programs.

-- Shaanxi Volunteer Mothers Association for Environmental

Protection (Xi'an, China) has been a grantee since 1999 and

promotes environmental rights awareness and activism among

rural women.

-- Yayasan Abdi Asih (Surabaya, Indonesia) has been a grantee

since 2000 and provides alternative skills training courses to

sex workers that help them set up and manage their own small

businesses.

In awarding this year's Partnership Grants, the Global Fund is continuing a tradition that began 10 years ago. The Global Fund awarded Partnership Grants at both the 5 and 10-year anniversary celebrations. From this process, the Global Fund has witnessed a number of Partnership Grant recipients developing into locally based women's funds, committed to increasing community investment in their efforts to strengthen women's human rights, and providing much-needed grant support to women's groups in their countries/geographic regions. For example, two women's funds emerged from the Global Fund's 10th Anniversary Partnership Grants Program in 1997-- the Mongolian Women's Fund and the Ukrainian Women's Fund.

About the Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that supports women's rights organizations in every part of the world. It is the largest grantmaking foundation in the world that focuses exclusively on international women's rights. The Global Fund for Women envisions a just and democratic world where women and men participate equally in all aspects of society. Since 1987, the Global Fund has given $25.5 million to seed, strengthen and link over 2,000 groups in 161 countries.
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